That’s the Moon at #Teotihuacan pic.twitter.com/L4B6YjIXff
— Mikko Välimäki (@mvalimaki) January 19, 2016
New Orleans with Pablo
The best BBQ in New Orleans at The Joint. Pulled pork, brisket and ribs w Malbec. Hard to beat w Pablo in the team! pic.twitter.com/rZIYDLCxO0
— Mikko Välimäki (@mvalimaki) January 14, 2016
The best “hotel” in New Orleans. We live in that bus! pic.twitter.com/Gy1ykeApQR
— Mikko Välimäki (@mvalimaki) January 13, 2016
Park City Slopes
Checked Park City slopes today. Great weather, great ski, great company. pic.twitter.com/C8MwJkolsQ
— Mikko Välimäki (@mvalimaki) January 10, 2016
Nothing much to tell over the past month or so in the running front. The knee has maybe healed but a week ago I fell while chasing kids in the dark forest probably breaking my left side ribs. Tried to run twice after that with increasing pains. The first time I was still wondering what was the problem. The second time had to make it just because I got to run in NY Central Park for a very long time. Hated when people were just passing by around the Reservoir…
Kormu Run 1.18.58
Picture: Matti Koljonen
Opened laptop yesterday morning around 9:45am. It was a sunny morning and I thought to check it out if there would be any running event my son could participate in. Found out there is something called Kormu Run. Took a look at the course map … what?! My old training course on the fields somewhere between Riihimäki and Loppi. When is this event going to happen? About an hour from now. Let’s focus. I can still make it. I must do this! Tried to talk my son to come as well but had to get out on my own. Threw sneakers in the trunk and off I went 10:02.
Tesla says I would be there 10:58. It’s really nice sunshine, dry road, 105.7 KOZZ-FM … I can make it bit sooner than that. After some high energy highway driving and shortcut through Herajoentie arrive at 10:41. That was pretty good. Ask if I can park near the start and it is okay. Get my number, change to racing shoes and I have still like 8 minutes to warm up. I feel pretty good about it all.
The race itself starts out nice. Legs feel good. I can still remember all the scenery, all the dirt roads, every curve. It all looks the same except for maybe a few new houses. I ran with Finnish 24h ultrarunner #2 from about 3km to half way when he finishes. There was one more guy maybe 1 minutes ahead of us but he finishes half distance too. It feels pretty easy until say 15-16km mark from where my leg muscles start to signal poor training background. Still manage to keep the pace even and cross the finish line in 1.18.58 which I think is a pretty decent effort.
Talk with some local guys who were helping to put the event together. Back home around 13:35. Compact trip. Good, uplifting feeling.