Sunday, August 22, 2021

August 22, 2021

After almost a full week of running in pouring rain and questioning my life choices, I joined for my first ever group run in the neighboring town of Kaarina. Met some really nice people and ended up running two 10k loops instead of planned one in a wonderfully sunny and warm August morning. It was super nice to talk about running with some marathon experts, and get their advice on things. I was also impressed with myself of keeping up with the faster pace group who ran ~6 min kilometers almost the whole 21k. I probably could've pushed on the last couple of clicks, too, but decided against it because I wanted not to be totally dead tomorrow for my first pool swimming session in about two decades!

I fully expect not to be able to swim properly even 50 meters. It's going to be a long journey to 5k. The local training group site advised against joining the group training sessions before being able to swim at least 500m with moderate effort. The tentative plan is to use the remainder of the year to get in shape for signing up with the training group in early January when the new season starts. Four months should be ample time to learn the very basics I need.

I'm slowly starting to grasp the real beauty of my journey so far from January to here. It's been 235 days of sweat, tears, pain, and an amazing amount of endorphins and happiness. I wish I would've documented it better early on. And I wish I could encourage more people to challenge themselves.

Right now I'm pretty excited about tomorrow; I got a date with myself at the local swimming pool at 6am!

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!