Eluding Tuonela

On a journey towards a healthier life

 
Week 2
02:58:11
Time
1681
Cal
Week 1
02:17:08
Time
1076
Cal

Sunday, January 9, 2022

I started the first week of the new year with a rest day. It was a good call as my legs actually feel a bit better now.

It's been hard to get back to a good rhythm as I've seem to lost all motivation and incentives to keep pushing. Still, I count this week as a positive as I got something done every day.

#

Friday, January 7, 2022

As I just bought a new pair of running shoes I was not very keen to purchasing yet another stutted pair for icy winter conditions. Yet, as I found out last year, you really need ice studs if you want to go out on wet and icy conditions.

As an alternative to 185 EUR pair of shoes I opted to purchase a packet of ice studs for 25 EUR. This particular packet came with 20 small studs, just enough for a pair of shoes. The studs are installed with a special tool that comes with the package and fits into a regular 1/4" tool socket.

The installation is easy but takes a little bit of learning to get right. I tried both power drill and hand wrench, and got better results without the drill. You need to just find a good spot, apply plenty (meaning a lot) of pressure and keep the stud at correct angle at all times. When the flat part is flush with the rubber, you're done. It took me about 20 minutes to install all the studs to a pair of Salomon trail running shoes. Had I had a choice, I would've opted for a shoe with more rigid / less rubbery soul but I worked with what I got.

The end result feels a bit sketchy indoors and on clear pavement, but works great on snow and ice. You really feel the extra grip and the shoes aren't at all wobbly. The studs feel like they will hold perfectly if I don't need to do any crazy full-on cartoon stops.

After a couple of runs, I'd definitely opt for studded shoes over regular ones with any snowy and/or icy conditions. That said, if you run on trails or pavements that don't have ice, regular shoes will probably work better. YMMV.

#
Week 52
03:01:20
Time
1541
Cal

Sunday, January 2, 2022

This was the last week of 2021. Not surprisingly I found it pretty hard to find the motivation to keep running at home after a productive week on a holiday far away. I only managed to get in two runs.

I also continue have issues with my right leg. I've tried to do more stretching and yoga but it really doesn't like even the very mildly cold weather at all.

The weather keeps changing from ridiculously cold to annoying warm. The trails that last week were almost perfect are now covered in 15 cm of wet snow and water, and next week will be frozen again. I cannot hate this part of the year more.

#
Week 51
05:16:24
Time
3138
Cal

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Feeling great after a full week of running in very cold but beautiful conditions. The small village didn't have many good routes for running as there were practically no pedestrian roadways, the ice on the lake(s) wasn't yet strong enough to safely carry a person without proper gear (full-body safety suit etc), and all the trails have been repurposed to skiing. So I mainly ran on roads / highways but luckily there were so few cars that it really wasn't a problem.

I did have a problem with my right calf, though. First time in my (not that long) running career I had to abort a run about 3k in and walk back home due to pain in the calf. I suspect it was due to two things; extremely cold weather (-14C to -20C) combined with relatively few running in past few weeks. I gave it one day off and it was pretty OK after that. I clocked a healthy 41k of running this week.

Most importantly, I'm feeling really good again after a week of active life!

#
Day 9
Current streak

About

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 2022.

Blogroll

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.

People

  • 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.

Books

  • 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!

Colophon

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.