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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dipping the big toe in

On tuesday I managed to get my self injured while doingsome yoga. The video I was following on had me go from a squated position to a plank position in a jumping motion and I guess I jumped to high or something and I jammed the big toe of my left foot when I landed and soon after it started the swell up and hurt. 

Tuesday and wednesday was limping days but by Thursday it was feeling better and by saturday morning it felt good enough to try a run and after the went ok with no set back I tried 10 km today and the toe was not the problem. It was more the heat today and mostly because I'm not used to it. We had 28-29 C today when I was out. I probably should have brought some water but I rarely do for runs under an hour. Also a little concering is that I have a small bruise above my middle toes now, will have to see how that develops in the next days.

One good thing in this ordeal is that I had just gotten some new shoes which has more space in the toe box  than my regular shoes. They are Salming shoes.

This is their Speed model and they have a 5 mm drop. The runs I have made with them have been good, I like their light weight, the soft and responsive sole and of course the colors :-) It feels like I got the right size this time even though I got them online and could not try them on before. I think I will run many miles in these.
BTW, yes Salming is that Salming, the hockey player from Toronto Maple Leafs and Sweden.

As for training I actually think the big toe incident was good because I think I needed some days off. I think my training is going the right way based on my average km times when doing  my Maffetone runs where I keep my heart rate at 130 or lower. I hope this keeps up since I did go ahead and sign up for a local marathon in November but more about this later.

Another thing I have to check is my weight, I think I gained some over the last 2 weeks but tomorrow is weigh in day. I try to do it only on Mondays just to not get obsessed about it.

Thanks for reading,

Friday, July 22, 2016

Legend of Tarzan


Low key date night last night with dinner and a movie and a beer afterwards.

All our normal babysitter were not available but we managed to get a new one with good recommendations on the Mama boards. Since we wanted to stay close to home we had to settle for a 3D movie (my first) at Täby Centrum. Before the movie we needed some dinner from Melanders and I opted for their new sushi desk and Sarah went for Fish&Chips with extra salad. as always good food at Melanders but they know how to charge you for it.

The movie was the newly released Legend of Tarzan. As I mentioned we had to do the 3D version which was my first 3D in abou 35(?) years and yes they are better now, but is it the real deal...mmmm I don't know. Personally I think it gets in they way of the movie. OR maybe it did for this move because the story/script was not very captivating and most likely far of the original story from Burroughs. Yes a lot of actions scenes but they seemed to me planned out for 3D. I wonder how many times Skarsgård had to dive into a foam pit in front of a green screen. Also I have a problem with too much high tech special effects for movies that are set in the early 19-hundreds or earlier.

Should you see it, well that is up to you, I might have picked another movie.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Short podcast on Spreaker

Here is a short recording I did on a run in Åland, enjoy.


MIllesgården 2016-07-16

What to do on a cloudy Saturday afternoon in the greater Stockholm area? That was the question that we had to answer by lunch time. The activity chosen was to visit Millesgården on the island of Lidingö just outside  Stockholm. Milesgården is a art and sculpture museum and the former home of Swedish sculptor Carl Milles and his wife Olga. Originally bought and finished in 1908 it is now a wonderful museum with lots of famous sculptures at display in the garden that also overlooks one of the many inlets to Stockholm.

We mostly stayed outside with the sculptures but also visited the art gallery which had an exhibition of Josef Frank.

Here are some of my pictures from the visit.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Springsteen 2016

As I was watching Bruce perform an acoustic version of Thunder Road alone on on the stage at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg I could not help but thinking if this was the last time I would se him in Sweden.

Almost exactly 4 hours earlier he had walked out on the stage and started the evening with another acoustic song, The Promise. In between these 2 acoustic gems we got to experience a classic Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band concert, full of energy that you don’t know where they find it night after night.
This was The River Tour which is supporting the The River box that was released last year.Many were thinking that we would get a concert version of the album start to finish, but this did not happen even if people got their hopes up when Ties That Bind was followed by Sherry Darling, but no. The explanation is probably that the band can not play a set set list every night with the necessary energy.

Even earlier I had met up with my friends to stand in line to get in to the stadium and then get as good places as possible in the field. Once on the field we waited another 3 hours….

You can always debate the setlist at a Bruce show but I feel that there is always something for everybody in attendance. Sure there might be 2 or 3 songs that you wish had been exchanged for other songs but in a set list of over 35 song that is going to happen for sure.

We got all the “necessary” classics and some more rare appearances like Spirit in the Night and a fantastic version of Drive all Night. One that was missing was the stadium breaker from 1985 (yes, I was there!), Twist and Shout but it was replaced but a energy filled Shout.
We got pretty close to the man during  Hungry Heart when he came out to the are where we were standing.

Here you can see that he is getting up there in age, 66, but you can not see the age of the man during the show. He is running from side to side of the stage, jumping up and down, urging the band and the audience on constantly.

Here are some more pictures and videos.

The Promise (Solo piano)
Out in the Street
The ties That Bind
Sherry Darling
My Lucky Day
Wrecking Ball
Spirit in the Night
Save My Love
Hungry Heart
My City of Ruins
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
Death to My Hometown
Johnny 99
Murder Incorporated
The River
American Skin (41 Shots)
The Promised Land
Working on the Highway
Darlington County
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
I'm on Fire
Drive All Night
Tunnel of Love
Shackled and Drawn
Because th Night
The Rising
Land of ope and Dreams
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Born in the U.S.A.
Born to Run
Seven Nights to Rock
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Bobby Jean
Thunder Road (Solo acoustic)

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Back to the Trails

Just came back from a nice trail run and realise how nice of a change it is from running the streets all the time. I should take advantage more often of the near by trails that I have. The trails that I ran today are located by the Altorp train station not far from where we live. I have a about 1,5 miles to one of the entrances of the trail system and from there I can choose which loops to run an how I want to build the run. Today I did just over 14 km and I guess about 11 of them were on the trails. First I did the section of the long yellow trail that takes me through the golf course and back to the start of all the trails and from there I did the 2.5 km lighted trail and then looped around again to the yellow trail and back home. 
I had almost forgotten how much pace you loose on the trails compared to the asphalt but on a run like this it is really apparent.
We had perfect running weather today, 16C and recovering from the rains from yesterday.

Based on todays run I hope to do more trails over the summer.

thanks for reading,