Saturday, 29 April 2017

noracewednesday

sognsvann - photo credits: skiforeningen.no

wednesday passed. srm passed. i did not run. despite being shortlisted for a pair of new running footwear. one thing is for certain, with a 40% salary it would have been nifty getting a pair of new shoes. my mailbox is bursting with emails from people that question why i did not run this wednesday. has my calfs given me more difficulties? have i once again lose all motivation for running? have i been banned from the competition? has someone very stupid introduce a running fee for racing around the lake? do i no longer see the point in running in the forest, since i can make my own forest soundscape? was i skiing in wyller? the mysteries are many. the answers few. i am sorry to all you multitudinous readers of this brilliant blog. you just have to wait and see. see if i will run wednesday next week. or if this was it. so close, yet so far away.

readers have also been asking me concerning my mission to get running tips from the legend sindre buraas. i've gone through eight power cycles on my battery attempting to get hold of that guy. it is almost as if he doesn't want to talk to me. but knowing how extraordinary remarkable awesome i am as a person that can not be the case. i bet he is just out cycling, all the time, 24/7/365. having stated that, i did get one text from mister buraas though. he seems to be assuming that i am noel gallagher.


by the way, i've also had ava v5.9 analysed sognsvann for you guys. i used the above image of the lake. there is a lot of surprise by the lake, next to happiness and some sadness. luckily there is little anger to notice.


sognsvann, as viewed by ava.





Thursday, 20 April 2017

sixtogo

race #3 2017 - 6516 m - 28:19 [sb] - wednesday 19th of april

zen mode
my race number 194(+2) is down. six more to go, then i have reached my goal of 200 srm races. so far my motivation is top notch, and my calfs seems under control. life is good, and i feel in balance, in zen mode. the race to two hundred continues.

another guy just like me, in zen mode. a wonderful screengrab, from a wonderful documentary. does anyone know which?

28:19
my watch showed the following 1 km lap times: 4:23 - 4:23 - 4:27 - 4:17 - 4:26 - 4:23 - 3:46.
my official time became 28:19 for the two laps, which gives a 4:20 pace. a pace that i am very pleased with. for the last three weeks, i have been running two till three times a week. a 6-7 km very slow run in the forest, once or twice a week. then the srm race. not much, but enough for me.

the history
pbs (personal bests) are pbs, now i am satisfied with sbs (season's bests) and dbs (daily bests). below the last races, and the pbs from a time i ran a lot more than what i now do.


expert help
last night i got an idea to make this little project a tad more exciting. i thought of contacting a running pro, to get some extra help. i searched the internet for "running legends", and discovered that i have a legend in my own back yard, a guy with the name sindre buraas. the second fastest norwegian on the 5000m, with the time 13:11 from 2015. despite him having retired from running i guess he must know a thing or two about the sport.

unfortunately, it seems extremely hard to get in touch with this mr buraas. i have tried calling him like 15 times. he never picks up. but i will keep trying. in the end, i am sure he will give in and answer my phone. hence i hope to have some really good running tips to share with everyone by next week.

what else

foreneNo
spending quite a lot of time working on foreneNo version 1.1 (check out the progress here), used by the service runners.no. i will once again enable rss feed, and i hope to speed up loading times.

easter egg
spoiler alert: i found the easter egg. on the below image you should be able to find it as well.


sort messe
i got bored with "sort messe". only listened to three episodes.

a little contest
yay, i have a contest this time. the first image of the post is taken from a sweet documentary i recently watched. the first person to comment this post, with the correct answer, will win some honour.





Wednesday, 12 April 2017

theracetotwohundred

race #2 2017 - 6516 m - 29:10 [sb] - wednesday 12th of april

prelude
whyspace,iaskedmyselfoneday.awhileagoistarteddroppingtheuppercaseletterswhenwriting.itwasjusttoomuchhasslepressingthatshiftkey,andiprefertobepragmatic.peoplestillunderstandwhatiwrite?yes!makeiteasiertowrite?yes!thisisalittleexperimentskippingthespaceaswell.however,thatmightbeoverdoing it.

the race to two hundred
this is part two in a new series here on chronicles.no, that i decided to name "the race to two hundred". please note that i am only stating that i have started the series. i might never end it. but, i will try to. hopefully you, by reading this post, understand the meaning of the title. if not, in these easter eggs times, part one might give you a clue.

srm #193
today i did my srm race number 193 (+2). easter, seven degrees, and rain despite, there were surprisingly many happy people by the lake i so often have run around. i met legends like mr leira and mr bennett. and i ended up running with mr eiksund . i have no idea what that man is made out of. one and a half weeks ago he did seven marathons in seven days. if had done one marathon in seven days, i would have struggled for more than a few weeks. i am still glad i decided, very early on, never to do a marathon in my entire life.



as stated before, i have not done much running lately. due to this, i was quite pleased with today's result, two rounds, ~6.5 km in a 4:30 per km pace. last week i was at 4:45 per km. here are the 1 km split times:
4:45 - 4:34 - 4:35 - 4:28 - 4:27 - 4:21 - 4:03 (~500m)

(garmin rant: my crappy garmin 910xt watch almost never let me transfer data to my computer, so have to manually type in the split times. annoying. have earlier tried contacting garmin support a couple of times, but they haven't even bothered to reply. lousy. and next to this the build quality of the wristband is poor. i have to use duct tape to make sure i do not lose my watch.)

challenge one
this series might be utterly boring for everyone but myself. i realise that. however, trying to make it a tad interesting there are a couple of challenges on my way to reach 200 races. the first challenge is my motivation. i have had motivational issues when it comes to running the last years. if i lose my motivation i might never reach 200 races, despite being close. i am not too afraid of this issue though. right now it is great fun just being able to run. and i do love the srm events, due to all the great people.

challenge two
challenge two is the main challenge. i have had injuries in my calf muscles, on both sides. 2015 in my left calf. 2016 the right. ultrasound showed that i had gotten a rift in my soleus muscle. i have no idea why i got these issues. and it happened completely without any pre-warning signs. both times while running though, but i was running slow, not doing any hard workouts. since then i have been to a physio and gotten a strength training program. i have done several calf workouts over the last year. i might have gotten this due to my leg muscles, in general, being too tense. but i do not know. if i get more calf issues i reckon i will lose all my motivation for running.

src: wikimedia

what else
finally, the "what else section". below.

telemark
despite winter being short, it was a great wyller season. 21 days on the paper. not bad at all.


easter egg
it is easter. i am looking for the easter egg. while on the loo. such a nice side activity. still, haven't found that egg. found many others. however, i did find the at-at (spoiler alert below).




the burning court
yes, it is easter. i am in the city. and at night i visit my office (not my day job office), due to the awesome sound system there, and listen to nrk's "sort messe" from 1975 ("the burning court").



foreneNo
working hard on foreneNo. deep into coding these days. great fun. love it. you can check out the platform in use, powering the site www.runners.no. more changes coming up, in the next weeks.


40-50%
in february i started working 40% at my day job. after summer the plan is to up this to 50% though. i can't describe, in words, the feeling of working this little. that is why i have a lot more time and energy to do my own projects. my first projects have been, and still is, the development of foreneNo. but soonish i will spend more time on writing and drawing. but i can only do one thing at a time. so for now, back to the code.

more?
for more, check out @klevstul.

overall
overall life is good, and, foobar.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

onehundredandnintytwo

race #1 2017 - 6516 m - 30:50 [sb] - wednesday 5th of april

old - but still usable.

in 2015 i didn't run much. in 2016 even less. reasons being motivational issues, and injuries. not sure how much running there will be this year. but i truly hope there will be a lot more than last two years. and today it was time for my old shoes, my old watch and my old srm chip to finally see daylight again. the sun was shining. the old shorts were on. a new srm season was starting. i was able to run, and i did my srm race number 192 (or, actually race #194, as i have used different names a couple of times). even though i ran slow, almost slower than ever before, the two rounds around the lake was a blast. wonderful being able to run, and not feeling any pain except from being in crappy shape. and, yes, srm is still a brilliant event.

wyller anno 2017

there are new times at wyllerløypa aka. "wyller", at oslo vinterpark. here are some random webcam images from the 2017 season.