Revelation: I don't actually want to run a half marathon...

Yestreday I realized that I don’t actually want to run a half marathon. It’s not like I couldn’t, if I trained up for it. I’ve done the distance before. Heck, I even entered the City to Surf half marathon in Perth with every intention of running it until I broke my foot a couple of months before the race. And it’s not like I don’t think running a half marathon would be a great achievement. It’s just that I don’t really like running. There are people who talk about how much they love to run and how awesome it feels. I am not one of those people. To me anything after 1km is just boring. I can usually manage 5km without it feeling like too much of a drag, and 10km is pushing my limit. But anything over that is just so dull. For me, it feels awesome at the end - looking at your time and seeing how much you’ve improved or how far you’ve run. It’s a matter of balancing the lack of enjoyment I get during the run with the enjoyment I get afterwards. And of course, afterwards, you remember the run as being great because the sense of completion makes it feel great. You conveniently forget that it was dull torture at the time - until the next run.

This is probably not what most people want to hear coming from a person who runs on a semi-regular basis.

Anyway, the last week has been pretty awesome. Work is putting on lots of summertime fitness activities - CrossFit, interval sessions, Yoga. So last week I ran 5km on Monday, did CrossFit on Tuesday, and ran a (slower than usual) 10km on Friday. Yesterday I ran 5km at lunch and then had a training session for Tough Viking after work, which involved more running, stair climbing, hill intervals, and cross training. I’ve also signed up for the Midnight Run and a team 5k run event where every team member does 5k. In short…I will be sore this summer.

I’m taking a couple of days off of running due to what I think may be a calf strain (let’s hope it’s not a stress fracture, but those are pretty uncommon in the fibula). Tomorrow I’m aiming for a 5km, then Yoga, and on Friday I’ll aim for a 7 or 10k run.

So here’s what’s been happening. In pictures!

A walk on Thursday, May 9

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“525”]Tree chill Chillin’ in a tree[/caption]

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“867”]Stockholm, Sweden flower I’ve never seen a flower like this before![/caption]

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“867”]Swedish summer houses Apparently the government gives Swedish people free summerhouses. The waiting list is something like a hundred years, but they are so pretty.[/caption]

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“867”]Green Stockholm It’s finally green![/caption]

A 10km run on Friday, May 10

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“867”]Södermalm running Part of my running route, around Södermalm[/caption]

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“488”]Vibram KomodoSport They may look stupid, but they’ve saved my knees[/caption]

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“800”]Stockholm exercise areas Stockholm has lots of these outdoor exercise areas - and people actually use them![/caption]

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“600”]Post run pain I may be smiling, but my legs were killing me in that moment.[/caption]

Skansen on Saturday, May 11

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“609”]Skansen horse I’m on a horse![/caption]

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“612”]Skansen stilts I suck at stilts[/caption]

Dandelions on Sunday, May 12

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“454”]Dandelions Dandelions[/caption]

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