Yesterday evening a group of us went for an evening hike after work. It was a really great evening, and we explored a hiking trail called Vättlefjäll. The trail is an 11.7km route, and we did it in just under 3 hours. The pace wasn’t very high but it was the ideal opportunity for me to try out my new hiking gear! I’m glad I had packed my day pack with all of the things I have bought, since I used the water bladder, hiking poles and head torch – by the time we finished it was pitch black outside!
As you can see from the runkeeper log, it’s a course that circles a lot of the lakes in the area. The lakes are ideal for canoeing and we saw a few people setting up tents along the route who had canoed around – must make a note to do that one day!
I did it! I ran the Gothenburg Midnattsloppet, and I did it really well!
54 minutes and 39 seconds for the 10km course, which puts me in 3,045th place, out of over 12,000 runners. Continue reading
Yesterday was a pretty significant day for me. A year ago I downloaded an app called “Couch to 5k” and decided to do something about my health. I won’t say that I was in desperate need, but I was certainly heading towards being obese. My travel lifestyle combined with a general lethargy had seen my weight creep up to around 85kg (13 stone). I remember the process – downloading the app, and thinking “I wonder if I can do this”. At the time, being able to run 5km felt like a really long way away. My first few “runs” were basically walks with a short stint of running in between them and I honestly felt quite broken even after a 1 minute run.
Little did I know just quite how far I’d be able to take it. I ran a half marathon!
I checked my runkeeper statistics today – I have run a total of over 1000km, and done well over 200 ‘activities’. Granted some of that is running and cycling, but still… considering running for 1 minute a year ago was such a challenge, i’m impressed with myself. It’s amazing the energy I have now, and the fact that i’m taking on challenges like Peru… i’m a whole different me!
Now if it would only stop raining, I could get out there for todays run!