Sunday, August 1, 2021

August 1, 2021

I'm a marathoner! It took me exactly 30 weeks of training to get here from basically zero. Now, if ever, is a perfect time to appreciate the journey and remember that it's more important than the goal. The journey has indeed been lot's of fun (and pain) but not going to lie, having managed to do this feels fantastic :)

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The run (which was a backyard marathon, not official in any way) went pretty well, only minor issues with some knee pain and one rough patch after ~30k where I needed to run-walk-run quite a bit for several kilometers. I forgot to charge my BT earbuds and they died around this same time so the end part of the run turned into a proper David Goggins moment where I needed to dig deep to find the motivation to push on.

How it happened

I locked down the final route just yesterday evening. I would run two ~14k loops joined with two and a half 5k loops. The planned route was about 55% trails and only moderately hilly. (The elevation gain was 377m in the end.)

Woke up really early, supposed to start around 6 am. The schedule went out of the window, however, as the weather had turned pretty bad; around 14 C and raining heavily. I've run zero times in the rain during the summer (because there hasn't been any rain!) and I was so afraid of the weather (being too cold and possible issues with blistering) that I decided to push the start a couple of hours.

As this wasn't an official race I needed to plan and manage all my fueling and hydration. As I don't own any fancy running vests, I just took three small half-liter water bottles (with some added sea salt) and hid them in some long grass in a place I would pass at about 13k, 19k, 25k, 38k, and at the end. I placed two of the water bottles and one small zip lock bag of candy for fuel a hundred meters at the bottom of a really steep hill so I could pick them up around 19k and 38k, drink while walking up the hill, and then leave them with the third bottle on the top of the hill. Had to think about this setup for a while but it was pretty simple in the end. (In hindsight, it would've been easier and maybe better to just pick a shorter loop but I decided against it fearing the mental problem and because there aren't very good flat loops nearby.)

Around 31k I started feeling pain in knee joints and left knee. On top of that, due to a small route mistake I made in the first long loop, I needed to do more hills than planned which doubled the hurt at this time. I ended up walking a lot at this stage until I found some extra boost that kept me running to the end. 

Aftermath

I matched the finish line pretty near to my hydration stash ( so I could take everything with me again -- no littering!). My feet were so shot that the ~500m walk from there back to my flat took about 10 mins 😅

Didn't get any blisters but did get some decent chafing to inner thighs and few other weird places that haven't been a problem before. Also, walking seems to be almost impossible, can't wait how tomorrow's going to feel like.

After getting back home I drank a protein shake, some water, and rewarded myself with a Mars bar and a bottle of Club Mate. Then I jumped to sauna, and switched between cold showers, sauna, and stretching for about an hour. Then I spent the next few hours in bed with a laptop and Formula 1 race, legs raised slightly. 

Now after the dust has settled a bit, I'm pretty happy about the result but also totally blanking of what I should do next. I started this year started a goal of moving every day and trying to run 10k. Did that, ran a half-marathon, and now I've run a marathon. A part of me is asking "why do I do this" right now, but I'm pretty sure another part will be searching up some longer trail runs as soon as the pain dissolves a bit 😅

To be continued...

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!