Eluding Tuonela

On a journey towards healthier life

 
Week 45
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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Yesterday I ran my first group trail run with a couple of dozen local runners. I found the event by accident when researching local running trails. The group meets every Monday around greater Turku area for an hour trail run lead by two experienced runners. It was pitch black but also really fun -- I'm glad I joined!

There were enough participants to have two speed groups so I opted to go with the faster group. I didn't really know what I was getting into but I assumed that I could keep a pretty good pace for an hour no matter what the route looked like. My heart rate went through the roof almost immediately, but it was really fun to try to follow the next runner in pitch black forest, on a somewhat technical trail that was a mix of high spruce roots, deep mud, and rocks.

We ended up running about 7k in 53 minutes. I was properly done after the run, but what I didn't expect at all was that my quads are properly feeling the yesterdays run today. I've been training pretty consistently and haven't been to the gym in a while so it's nice to feel "the good pain" for once. This was a great experience, will definitely join next week as well!

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Week 44
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Saturday, November 6, 2021

The continuous rain finally convinced me to get some new kit to protect myself better from the elements. Problem is, there's not very much to choose from here in our small city, and I'm not really interested in buying random clothes unfitted from the Internet. And as it turns out, even with plenty of research online, some things you learn only after the first proper run.

I was pretty pleased with my first purchase as I left for the first run. I noticed almost immediately, however, that the material was mush worse than my previous running jacket. And on top of that, the front pocket was placed in a way that when I put my phone in it (nowhere else to put it), it kept banging on my groins which hurt quite a bit after only few kilometers. What a disaster. Nice jacket, but not for rainy weather or situations where I want to carry anything other than keys. (To be fair, the materials / technical details were 100% my own fault. The store didn't have any information in view, and I didn't research it.)

Off to the shops again.

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Monday, November 1, 2021

First run with the new shoes gave me two almost identical blisters, one on each foot.

I don't want to stop running just because of two small blisters so I popped and drained them immediately. Not sure if it was the right thing to do but they felt uncomfortable enough to be easier to manage when drained. I rarely get blisters so this is a chance to learn as well.

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Week 43
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Friday, October 29, 2021

Got myself a new pair of running shoes! I took a long time pondering between full-on winter shoes and more trail-friendly shoes, ultimately went with the latter.

There's not that many options from where to choose from available in the shops here in a small city where I live. Salomon is a known brand that many runners seem to love so when I saw a good sale on their shoes with enough pairs in stock to go and test them out I went for it.

I like the feeling and fit of the shoe, but the quick lace system is pretty stupidly broken by design in this model. The last part of the lace goes directly over the lip that's meant for tucking the extra part in, so you can't really do it after you tighten the laces -- what an idiotic design! It's not the end of the world but I was surprised that a brand like Salomon could make that kind of a design error.

I hope these shoes will do better during the winter time than my old shoes that were abysmal in slippery and snowy conditions. Time will tell.

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Week 42
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Friday, October 22, 2021

Today I had a very good 17k run that felt effortless all the way from beginning to end. The weather was pretty cold and it was raining most of the time, but I just kept an easy pace and let the body do its thing.

My deep interest in stats and numbers is clearly both a positive and negative thing for my training. Seeing the numbers accumulate mostly help me pushing forward but for example watching my VO2 Max dropping no matter what I try to do is frustrating as hell. I don't even fully understand the figure but I love the fact that the Garmin app compares me to a healthy 20-year old when it's good 😅

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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.

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Week 41
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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.

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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.

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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 2021.

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.