Photo from Mount Royal, Frisco, Colorado.

"That is happiness; to be disolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep." - Willa Cather

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Bon hiver

Estoy de vuelta! I'm late wishing you all "bon hiver" since our first snow was a couple weeks ago, but who knows what it is like in your part of the world.

All is well here. And in just 4 days we're moving back to the US for nearly 8 months. So I figured I had better post some pictures before I don't have access to them anymore! Plus I got SR to babysit (this is the time I normally go to Spanish) while I blog. I never thought it would come to this, but with two kids, if one doesn't need something the other one does. And it wasn't doing a lot for my psyche to ignore them while writing a blog post.

I've missed a lot of you readers. Granted, I've heard from some of you via email and followed some of your lives on Facebook.

Just in case you were wondering, I have not been exercising less. It turns out Mattias loves the babyjogger and he loves going to exercise classes at our gym.

He also kind of likes sitting there in the kitchen while I cook.

Here is Thanksgiving.

And some sadly pastel Christmas cookies that The Lorax chooses to cover up with his piece of cinnamon roll.

Go figure, he also likes playing (not sure why this is sideways).

But Mattias HATES it when I sit down at the computer. This is his trigger to start crying. So every minute he is sleeping, I am working on my PhD project. And finally, I'm caught up!

As for running, I might as well not keep it a secret any longer: my new goal is to run the 100km Copenhagen Ultra in April (when back for work) in less than 9:30. If I do this, I can be an alternate on the Danish national team. And, if I switch my citizenship, I may be able to run the world 100k championships. Lots of if's here. I feel the need to mention that our big training race for this will be 3 days of Syllamo in the Ozark Moutains (150k over 3 days). And that will be a lot more fun than the flat 100k.

SR says that my setting ultra goals is an excuse to not get fast. The thing is, I am now certain I've never been faster. I just couldn't prove it until today.

We had run three races that were just odd. But two of them, I took second in overall!!

1. A cannonball marathon outside of Næstved up and down a hill, which I just ran as a training run. I ran it comfortably in 3:34 with a negative split, feeling I could maybe run it again.
I always forget to wear something to cover those nips. Oh well (that's yet another thing Mattias likes). SR had been going for a half marathon PR that day - on a tough route. He ended up with a time just over 1:16 - one should menion he got lost because he ran faster than the leadout bike. Thanks, Lasse, for the picture.

2. A half marathon on sand and seaweed (and road) (Falster Jagtmarathon). I had never thought of seaweed as a running surface but Jørgen showed us all differently. In fact, it felt like perhaps the most authentic Danish experience I have had. I ran the first and last 5k in 21 minutes, but the beach in the middle really got to me and I took a wrong turn at the end. Final time 1:40:07. This, somehow, got me second overall.

SR ran with the babyjogger, though took an alternate, non-weedy route.

3. A babyjogger mud 10k (Herlufsholm Serieløb). So I had no idea it would get so warm that the race would turn into a mud bath, but it did. I got stuck in mud going on an extreme uphill so that I needed to carry the babyjogger out, all the while slipping all over the place with Mattias in it and then the side wheel got stuck in the mud and fell off. But all of the while there were women fast and furiously trying to catch up with me so I had to sprint the runnable sections. His blanket of course was blown off at some point, too. Final time was 51 something. Nothing to write home about but my entire body hurt like never before after that race. I was strangely proud and the good people of our town learned how entirely nuts I am. And I took second for the women!

Here a picture from the home stretch of the race. You probably think you see my underwear there through my pants, but it's just my really white cheeks ;). And that track just to the left is where I run all of my intervals, just so you know.

So, SR was sick of me "frittering away (as Piccola Pinecone says) my speed" on these types of races. He was totally convinced that my every other day three hour runs on rest days were ruining my training. So, I got so fed up that today (after of course a 3 hour run yesterday) I suddenly decided to run a 5k on the treadmill. I had no particular plan as I'm still not used to km/hr so I just ran hard. Ha. And I ended up running a 5k PR! 19:33. (you may remember I had a previous PR of 19:20, but that was from a relay where the time was miscalculated (too fast) and I never corrected it). I just wish I had a race I could run to prove to the world that I am fast. But instead, I will work on"frittering away" my speed on Sunday, running a hilly trail marathon. And it will be great!

Lately I have been listening to Coffee Break Spanish when I run (have gotten through over 30 hours of lessons!), but today during my 5k I listened to "Vi to" by Medina. And that Maroon 5 song "Moves Like Jagger" is such a good song to run to provided you sing out loud and change the lyrics to "I've got to move my jacket!" Much funnier that way.

And if you want a song to simply curl up to in your warm house, appreciating your loved ones "Calgary" by Bon Iver (yeah "Bon hiver"), may be the way to go.


SteveQ said...

Changing lyrics is always fun. I heard Paul Westerberg's "Love Untold" and sang along, "It was once a law, I'm told." Okay, it's only fun compared to changing diapers. And I still chuckle at the woman who thought Bon Iver was Bonny Bear.

3 days of Syllamo, eh? Is the Voyageur 50 still in the plan?

Olga said...

You should hear how I change up lyrics, whether from English to Russian, or, especially, in those songs you sent me in Danish.
Wicked speed.

Jacqueline said...

Good to see you back to the blog. You are in amazing shape -- that's pretty cool about the ultramarathon goals! Have a safe move back to the U.S.

Meghan said...

Fun you're doing 3 Days of Syllamo. Me too!

You guys look great and happy. Danni and I ran R2R2R in the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago and we were chatting about you and your blog absence, hoping all was well. :)

mmmonyka said...

Not sure I believe you. Find a race and prove that you are fast! :)

cherelli said...

SR doesn't know what he's talking about - you are FAST!! Love all the pics - have a great move to the US - and enjoy your Ultra training!!

Danni said...

Nobody cares whether you're "fast" (which is relative obviously) so do whatever you enjoy! Good to see you back!

sea legs girl said...

Steve, Voyageur is a definite yes for both of us, provided no injuries. I saw you just added it to your race list. I really hope we see you there if not before. What about also adding Ice Age to your list?

Olga, it makes me so happy to know you listen to that music!! Good to hear from you and recover soon, woman! (sounds like you're on the way)

Thank you, Jacqueline!!

Meghan, I followed your trip on Facebook. Looked aweseom. Wish I could have been there (to defend myself ;)). SR and I both want to be there if you guys do it again!

Grrr, mmmonyka

Thanks Cherelli, as always, I'm enjoying your gorgeous blog, but have not taken the time to comment :(.

Danni! You are exactly RIGHT. And it was ever-so-slightly tongue in cheek, when I said "prove to the world". I'd much rather have fun.

Speaking of cheeks, all, those were not actually my cheeks, but white underwear. Just had to say that was just a joke. There.

sea legs girl said...
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sea legs girl said...

Meghan, how awesome, by the way you'll be at 3 days of Syllamo! Are you running alone or in a team? I think we'll be running individually. It will be so fun to hang out with you there.

DDitlev said...

I'm pretty sure that SR DOES know what he is talking about but you are still pretty damn fast!!

Nips and cheeks .. watching a video of myself running in Dyrehaven I got really surprised how tight 'em tights really are LOL ;)

I've been planning for the 50k Copenhagen Ultra in April, I'll save my first 100k for Jyderupstien which you must try sometime!

I only just recently read about the term 'Jagtmarathon'. It sounds just like something I'd like with regard to my 'fra Å til Åsen' experience :D

mmmonyka said...

I was just kidding. I totally believe you. You are fast!

SteveQ said...

I'm making my Best Running Songs of 2012 list. Top 10:
Beirut - Santa Fe
Black keys - Lonely Boy
Cults - Go Outside
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Two Against One
Deer Tick - Miss K.
Foster the People - Helena Beat
Phantogram - Don't Move
Rural Alberta Advantage - Stamp
Wilco - I Might
The Wombats - Techno Fan

Nonrunning faves: Jeremy Messersmith - A Girl a Boy and a Graveyard, Iron and Wine - Tree by the River, Cake - Long Time, Fleet Foxes - Montezuma.

Diana said...

When I was younger, I thought the lyrics to Credence Clearwater Revival "Bad Moon Rising" were, "There's a bathroom on the right," instead of, "There's a bad moon on the rise." I still sing it with the wrong lyrics. I like it better that way.

Can I tell you that you're my running hero right now? I don't know how you manage to get it all done and fit in all those miles. Johanna is three months old now, and I've yet to find a good running routine. In fact, I've yet to find a good life routine with a little baby. It's crazy days here in Amsterdam.

Good luck with the move back to America! Can't wait to read about your adventures there.

@Steve: Thanks for the song list. There are some good ones on there, and I can't wait to listen to the ones I don't know.

SteveQ said...

I forgot - there was a Gomez song I recommended earlier in the year. That has to be in the top 10.