Pääkaupunkijuoksu half maraton(ish) 5th place. Results here.
So, let’s start this ALMS thing then. What happened was that I needed to complete my mandatory English language studies at University of Helsinki. I signed up for a course, waited for an approval and… and I was assigned to a group called ALMS; which stands for an Autonomous Language Learning Modules. Not a regular class then. “That’s OK. I am used to learn things by myself”, I thought. “Let’s see this through”.
After a couple of meetings things started to unwrap, and I have to admit, that I am quite excited about this. The learning process is based on students own preferences about the aspects he feels that he needs to concentrate in order to improve his language skills. There are different groups, teacher led, and DIY style that on can sign to. Also reporting is mandatory - I chose my ALMS reporting to be part of my already existing blog. This is my first post regarding ALMS. There are more to come.
I ran a 1K today.
Me: “What time is it?” Photo by Jarmo Laakso
A week ago, in order to get a head start to spring I trained three days at Göteborg, Sweden. 49 kilometers of orienteering training was mentally very beneficial, but physically a bit too much. I started the competition season last weekend but I suffered from poor performance. I think the main reason was that I wasn’t recovered from the trip to Sweden. I am going to take it easy for a few days now and next saturday it is time to test my current speed at 5K gravel road race.
Me and a few friends of mine participated in Karhu-viesti last weekend. Karhu-viesti is a seven leg relay running competition that starts from Rauma and ends in Pori. The total distance is around 50 kilometers. I had the privilege of running the last leg. My original goal pace was 3:35/km, but even if the profile was quite flat and the weather was great I couldn’t reach that. Most of the course I had to run alone which always affects the pace. Also the many 90 degree turns during the last mile had a negative effect. Besides these things I had a great day and a great race in a good company.
Fixed my backpack. I had a similar one that I returned to the store after one day because the seam on the collar started to rip apart. The replacement also had the same problem. I decided not to rely on Haltis quality and sewed the seam myself.
Yesterday’s night training map. A 7K course in a pitch black national park. I did a couple of smaller and one bigger mistake, but nothing too serious. A humbling experience, but very good practice.
The chili seeds I ordered arrived today. I am a bit late this season because none of the older seeds I had started to sprout.
Runners toes. Probably not the sexiest feature to be showing around.
Found recovery drinks on sale.