Sonder n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
This Sunday saw me not only completing the first week of my run schedule but also starting the second week. Feeling might pleased with myself.
I’m getting faster and faster for each run, so it feels like a pace below six minutes per k is doable, all I need to do is stick with the schedule.
This week coming will be an interesting test as I have an early flight on Tuesday with a small hope that won’t be too tired in the evening for a run. Knowing me, the real goal is Wednesday morning before heading into the office. Not sure that is a more realistic goal than Tuesday eve…
Waking up eluded me also this morning so it was straight into an intense work shift at the home office as today was only a half-day with the afternoon off. I had to make sure to get as much done as possible while sitting in on an almost two-hour process overview meeting.
After being able to turn the computer off, I hit a quick shower (at this point I was hoping that I would also be washing of the residues of a run, with the sleep habits…didn’t happen) before taking the elevator downstairs to meet up with the old neighbour. When I say old neighbour, it’s not that she’s old, it’s more that we where neighbours back in the days from when I was five until I was 17.
She work not that far from where mother lives so we have started to meet up for lunch every now and then when I’m working from Gotham City. Always nice when your lunch comes with a view.
After nice food and nice chat, it was time for the main event. The whole reason that I got on a train to Gotham on Thursday night instead of Friday…the yearly birthday-movie-date-with-the-niece. It’s real fun to surprise her at school for some me and her time at the movies. She was super happy and excited with problems sitting still on the tram into town.
A part of the movie tradition (I want to belive that the alone time with me is more important than this part, not too sure though) is the any snack you want shopping. We totally go all in on this. I think the adorable part is that both the girls always insist that the left-overs are brought home to the sister that didn’t have their birthday. So left-over snacks is now a tradition with my nieces.
One could think that this post would end with me dropping of my niece with her parents (oh, by the way, we saw The Story of Ferdinand, and I totally recommend it!), instead I went home and changed into my running clothes. So I finally got my Thursday run done.
Feeling mighty pleased with myself.
And then was my day done?
No, then it was dinner time, and as you should when you are in Gotham, we ate shrimps and I celebrated my run with a glass of wine (well, might be on my third one by now).
And then I spent the rest of the night on the couch doing nothing…nah just kidding.
Then I had a planning date with one of my old NZ buddies. She’s taking a trip over to Europe in May, two weeks of us two travelling around so we needed to sort out the dates and stuff like that.
If you want to help, any good ideas on what to do or see in Amsterdam, Berlin, Prag or Vienna are more than welcome 🙂
And now, I will spend the rest of the evening (kind of not that much left of it) on the couch with Candy crush soda. I think I deserved it.
I didn’t manage to get out of bed early enough this morning, to be able to go running. Instead I packed my gear (well, most of it – if you have boobs, don’t forget your running bra ma peeps), brought it to work and have now just returned from a lunch run.
Feeling mighty pleased with myself I have to say!
Now I’m going to chow down my fantastic gourmet lunch, shower and head back to work 🙂
…or a temple, or this thing I put loads of coffee, nicotine and whatever food that I like in.
Ah, well. Sleeping until noon yesterday made it hard for me to go to sleep last night, and it wasn’t until 5 am this morning that I finally managed to pass out.
I was so sure that I would sleep the whole day away today, instead I woke up a little bit before 11 am (so only half of the day, ok) to some fantastic weather.
I’ve been wanting to get started with my running for some time now, and this weather gave me no excuses. I mean below freezing point only mean more clothes and run faster so you don’t freeze.
I chucked down a smoothie and then headed out.
It’s getting easier and easier to get back into the running since my big quit smoking and replacing it with running session I did back in 2016. The hard bit is to keep it up, especially with the Swedish weather that’s very unpredictable. And trust me, there will be no running in Swedish winter rain, I will never be THAT dedicated.
I will try to stick to the training plan that I found, it starts of easy and get tougher and thougher as I go. It’s a 12 week plan for running 10k. I want to be able to do it in under an hour (got to have a plan, right?), so lets see what I can do.
After this start to the day, I’m pretty sure I will let myself not do anything else today even if I do have a long list of things I want to get done…