Friday, 24 July 2015

Running Blog | The Beginning

Hi there!

  I've been debating whether I should do a blog post, or a blog post series, about my running or not. I finally decided that I'm going to do it, not only so that anyone else can read it, but also because I think it might be quite interesting for me to see how I develop as a runner and what happens along the way. I wasn't in the mood to name this blog series anything special, really. I mean, I say blog series and I'm not even sure if this ever will be a "blog series" so let's just keep it simple.

  I just really shortly wanted to say that I'm just an average girl who started running, I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to running. This is just how I do it and how I got started and stuff. I just do it how it feels comfortable for me and go from there. 

  So let's go to the beginning. 

I was an active kid and I've always had a sport as a hobby whether it was ballet, football, skiing, rollerblading, tennis etc. etc. and for me it was just about having fun. I've never competed nor has that ever been a goal of mine. I guess, as a child I preferred team sport but as I got older I got more into individual sport (still not competing). I still liked both and I did both. I'm that kind of person that when I start doing something I like I go hard until I just can't take it anymore and I get bored which explains the variety of sports I've done. However, it all changed in one day. We had a baseball match between classes during the last day of 7th grade. I was running and I slipped for unknown reason. After getting up I noticed a terrible pain on my right knee but didn't think much of it. Having suffered from it for two months me and my mum agreed that it wasn't normal and went to see a doctor. My injury was declared a lifetime sport injury. It can only be strengthen, not fixed. So because it was really painful and it got worse when I did sport, I pretty much had no choice put to stop all sport until it would become better. I went to see a physiotherapist and slowly started to work on it. 

  After almost two years of not being able to really get into any sport, I finally got to the point where I could try something. I found myself interested in salsa dance and started going regularly. It was so much fun and I really enjoyed it. My favourite is still salsa street. Unfortunately the class times changed after about two years of dancing and I couldn't fit them to my schedule anymore. After that I was again in the position where I had no sport related hobby, I got busier and busier and my knee stated to act out again. 

  This whole running thing started because of my boyfriend. He is a very active person and likes to run. He talked about it to me a lot and I slightly got interested. I was quite unsure about starting running though because it would be very hard on my knee. I knew, and still know, that it's important for me to really work on that knee and strengthen it, and running would be extremely good. I had to start really easy though. Not only because of my knee but also because I've never been a distance runner. In football or tennis you do run around but it's not like distance running. So I looked up on my good friend Google and searched for easy beginner's running program. I tried a few until I found this one that I still use to this day. It's called "sohvaperunan juoksukoulu" and it literally starts from the beginning. It's planned so that you run and walk, an gradually you run more than walk and soon you run more an more. In six weeks you're supposed to run 5 km, and in 12 weeks you run 10 km. I haven't done either yet, but I'm working on it. So I can't tell you how it is working but so far I think it's nice. I haven't been able to follow it perfectly due to my knee injury, pure laziness and my busy schedule (silly excuse but I had my first matriculation examination in spring and the second ones are coming up next autumn, so I'll use that).  Anyway, I'll keep you posted on that. 

  I think that's a good stop for now. I hope I get time and inspiration to write more about this and actually make this a series. 

Until next time! Take care!



Saturday, 18 July 2015

International Market In Turku

Hi there!

  This post is pretty self-explanatory from the title and the pictures below. My mother and I decided to visit the International Market in Turku on Thursday. It has taken me two days to actually get these photos off my camera's memory card and put them here. Sorry about that. It was a very cloudy day and we even had a few drops of rain here and there, but it was really nice.

Enjoy the pictures!

Until next time. Take care!

p.s.  If you want to know more about this, click here. It will take you to the markets website.

Monday, 13 July 2015

It's not always easy

Hi there!

  I'll warn you immediately that this will not be a bubbly, cheerful and full-of-pictures kind of post. I just feel like I need to get this out of my head so that I can move on and focus on the things that need to be done. I've been stuck with certain kind of thoughts for a few days now and chances are I'm not the only one. There are people out there that have the same kind of situation going on and are feeling the same way that I am right now. So in hopes that I will feel better after writing this and that someone else will feel better knowing that they are not alone, I will now begin explaining.

  It's easiest if I just tell you a little background here. I'm currently an abi student. Meaning that I'm going to start my last year of upper secondary school (or high school, whatever you all it in your country) in August. That means that I will have my matriculation examinations this upcoming year. My first ones are in September, three subjects. I decided to start studying early enough to avoid this situation that I am in right now. Didn't really work now, did it? I began light reading in the end June. So that's about two weeks ago. And I'm not doing all too well.

  A little bit about me, I get affected by stress very easily which is also one reason why I wanted to start early.  I didn't want to study while being extremely stressed because it means that I will read twice as slow. I mean, I'm a slow reader to begin with and I need to get all the reading done before the examinations. I'm also very anxious and I get nervous easily, all feelings that do not help when you have four social study books and six Swedish books to study.

  Last night in bed I started to think about this. Kept me awake almost half the night. I've been reading for two weeks now. I have only finished one Swedish book. ONE! I'm not even half way through my first social study book yet. Getting close, but still no. It's been TWO WEEKS! Now before you go all "well you should have a schedule done", let me tell you that I have one. But so far, I haven't been able to follow it. It's not because I'm lazy, it's just because it doesn't work. I sit at my desk, books open and my glasses on, and all my study material just goes by. Like I can't remember a thing and I just start chapters again and again. It's probably just that I'm too stressed. Right now, I don't know how to calm down.

  I guess what I'm trying to say here is that sometimes you just got to stop. Take a minute to yourself and breathe. I know that I can't read while being stressed, or I can, but I'm slower, so I just need to accept that. In the end, it's just an examination. It's not worth putting yourself down and feeling bad about not studying. It's a lot of hard work and it's not always easy.

  You know, I do feel a bit better. Not much, but a bit. That's a start. Now I have to just make a new study schedule, calm down and start studying. I can do this!

  To everyone who is studying for their final examinations, good luck!
Until next time. Take care!