Thursday, August 26, 2021

August 26, 2021

The combination of the side effects of the second COVID-19 vaccination jab and the lingering pain in the right knee joint got me into a serious mental block. It gave me a perfect excuse for not getting out early so I didn't. These days are the hardest to be alone without anyone to push me out of the door when I just can't seem to find the motivation myself. I eventually did, though, but just barely.

I'm strongly considering of seeking medical advice on the leg issue. It doesn't appear to be anything serious at the moment as the pain levels are around 1-3 out of 10. I fear it might be something that will deteriorate in the long run if not fixed in time, and then lead to much more serious issues like what happened to Rick from the Running Channel. Based on intense searching online, I suspect the pain is caused by inflammation of the gastrocnemius tendon, that is, working the leg too much. Problem is, it hasn't gone away even with several days of rest. And to give it even more rest feels a really bad option since the pain is very mild at this point. This just sucks.

I wanted to get back to the swimming pool every day this week but the negative thoughts have been strong enough to keep me from leaving, it's super frustrating and feeds the vicious circle. I need to figure out a long but fun exercise to get me out of this black hole.


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.


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!