Eluding Tuonela

On a journey towards healthier life

Week 42

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Despite the good rhythm, didn't get the start to the exercise week I wanted because my cat died yesterday. He was old, and I saw this coming for a while now, but you're never prepared to lose an important member of your family of 16 years.

My father drove me to the vet, 11k from my house. It took a while so I asked him to just go home. When I eventually came back out, I was so distressed that I just wanted to run, so I did. I ran -- in jeans and a jacket -- the 11k back home, getting a bit of chafing and properly wet as it was pretty cold and raining. The run messed up my Garmin training and VO2 data but at least I got some of the pain out of the system before getting back home.

I think getting some more proper training in this week will be super important. Not sure if I'm able to do that, though.

Week 41

Sunday, October 17, 2021

I shouldn't be surprised that the proper motivation to start being more active came from a woman.

But that aside, I finally feel like being (almost) on the track again and it's a great feeling. I've been steadily pushing the weekly kilometers in preparation for the 4x4x48 challenge and the leg issue has been marginally smaller now that I found a way to stretch it daily.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The weather has now turned proper cold. It was freezing this morning and only 3 C during my night run. Had to wear gloves for the first time this season. Cold weather is great for running as long as it doesn't rain. Unfortunately, it's also been raining every single day for many days now. But at least I'm getting regularly out of the door again.

Week 40

Sunday, October 10, 2021

I feel that I've finally found back to at least a semiregular running rhythm. Managed to run a total of 35k this week which is a good start for building up to a ~60-70k to make me ready for the 4x4x48 challenge.


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

I've been searching for a good 4 mile (~6k) loop route that would start very near, and I think I've found it. I'm worried that it might be too boring and repetitive but there are not that many options to be too picky -- especially in autumn/winter time.

Now I have very few excuses left, I need to start raising my weekly running mileage to get the kilometers up and my body ready for the challenge. I'm still not putting on any deadline but it'll be soon.

Week 39

Friday, October 1, 2021

It's been really difficult to get back the motivation for proper daily activities. This has been going on for too long already so I decided that the first day of the month would be a good day to re-start. Good but hard run today.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The nice forest paths and dirt roads are slowly turning into not very fun running routes as the rain keeps coming down. It's also getting very dark very early so most of the nice summer routes are getting almost impossible now. I also want to start finding new better routes for the winter but part of me doesn't want to let go. Why, oh why, our summers are so damn short?!

Week 38

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The winter is coming. It's getting colder. Today I ran a 12k long run in about 5 C weather. Didn't yet put on gloves but soon I'll have to. I've been scouting new routes that will be available the whole winter so I don't need to guess routes when it's -25C and half a meter of snow.


Saturday, September 25, 2021

First time running after almost a week off felt horrible, I barely managed to get 5k done. It's really surprising how fast your running ability deteriorates just by not running.

Day 294
Current streak


Uninen aka Ville Säävuori Good hello! My name is Ville Säävuori aka @Uninen and this is my health blog. I'm a 40-something nerd from Turku, Finland. My goal is to exercise or be otherwise active every single day. I built this site to follow my progress and to help with accountability. I'm training for running my first 10k  half marathon  marathon  4x4x48 challenge in 2021.


Not blogs, but something to check out and follow.

Podcasts, YouTube channels

  • The Running Channel (YouTube) - fun and informative British channel for runners.
  • Triathlon Taren (YouTube) - lots of hands on knowledge and practical advice for triathlon training.
  • Huberman Lab podcast (YouTube) - outstanding podcast by Dr. Andrew Huberman with a metric ton of scientific information and practical advice relating to neuroscience and physical and mental training.
  • The Joe Rogan Experience (Spotify) - you can say what you want about Joe Rogan but there's no denying that many of his discussions with passionate people are 100% genuine and full of insight. I do not agree with the man on many issues but I do appreciate the free content.


  • David Goggins (Instagram) - whenever you need motivation, just go back and remind yourself what David Goggins does to keep his demons away. Also, if you feel lonely on your run, no matter wherever you are on the planet or what time it is, it's likely that he is training somewhere at this same moment. (Check out these - hilarious Goggins-anecdotes by Jesse Itzler) Stay hard!
  • Anna H (Instagram) - The Running Channel host and adventurer with a beautiful soul. Check out her 3-part World's Toughest 260k Island Race series on YouTube.
  • Katie Spotz (Instagram) - amazig young endurance athlete who is willing to do more than most of us for making the world a better place. Listen Joe Rogan #1635 for a deeper look into her story.
  • Jocko Willink (Instagram) - ultimate dicipline and respectable morals. Jocko's daily 4.30 am clock photos on Instagram are a constant reminder that the strongest men work for their success.


  • Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins - superb combination of audiobook and podcast that gives you lots of practical advices on taking control of our life and stranghtening your mind. Definitely check out the audio version of this book, it's amazing.

I haven't found that many interesting books relating to staying healthy / exercising. I'm not at all interested in ungenuine self-help type books or pushy "just do this" marketing books. If you have any suggestions, dm or email me!


This site is a hobby project intended as a learning tool and a honing stone to keep my skills sharp. It's a handcrafted Vue 3 application written in TypeScript.

The exercise data is recorded with a Garmin Fenix 5 watch, and then pulled from Garmin Connect by a scheduled Gitlab CI script using garmin-connect-to-json (that I also wrote and maintain). The notes are stored in a MongoDB database running on MongoDB Atlas.

The CSS is produced by TailwindCSS JIT compiler. Local application data is handled by Vuex, and vue-router handles the routing. Development server and bundling is powered by Vite. The production build is rendered as a static output with zero JavaScript dependencies by a bespoke Playwright script. The site is hosted and deployed by Vercel.

All the images and other content on this site is created and owned by me if not stated otherwise. No bullshit Terms Of Service and Privacy Policy are available.