A lot of things have happened since the last post on the blog, so below follows a small recap.
During the summer of 2016, I spent my time in Sweden undertaking an internship at the Nordic corporate bank SEB as a Summer Analyst within Credit Research. After finishing my undergraduate degree exams, I went to Japan to visit my girlfriend’s hometown Sendai.
During my brief 11 days in Japan, I got to experience so many different sites in Japan and challenge my taste buds by eating dishes I have never heard of before coming to Japan. It was a real pleasure spending time in Japan and I can warmly recommend Japan a visit.
My time in Japan, was spent around Sendai as well as two visits to Tokyo and spending a night at a traditional Japanese hotel which was a truly unique experience.
After visiting Japan, me and Yori went directly to Sweden to commence our internships for the summer, me at SEB and Yori at the Karolinska Institutet.
After finishing my internship at SEB I headed back to my hometown Falun to spend two weeks relaxing and training prior to commencing my Masters studies at Cambridge University.
During the summer we also had time to, visit Norway and Denmark - some beautiful nature and great food!
Now it is the second week of studying at Cambridge. I have been keeping myself busy doing trials for the university teams for swimming and running club. I am looking forward to training with the talented and dedicated team members of the university.
Here is some photos from the summer and begining of the term in Cambride :)
I hope to update you about my time in Cambridge more frequently!
This weekend I ran the Cambridge Half Marathon in a freezing temperature and finished 3rd on 1 hour and 11 minutes.
I felt really comfortable and strong during the first 10 kilometers of the race. Passing 11 kilometers my pace gradually began to fall and I lost momentum.
The last 5 kilometers of the race were really slow, I lost all momentum and had a hard time keeping a decent pace.
Despite this I am very happy with the time and the race I did especially as 21 kilometers really isn’t my cup of tea.
Ill be back next year in the first place.
I will spend a few more days in Sweden before returning to Brighton and my girlfriend, studies and training.
I am currently in the process of training for the Cambridge Half Marathon that takes place on the 28th of February. I hope to run very well and achieve a new personal best as the course is flat and mostly on asphalt.
I laced up my shoes and took a run, the cameraman (dad) followed.
More pictures will be added later.
From rain, wind and 10 degrees of warmth to minus 10 degrees, sun and winter-running shoes. I am now in my hometown, Falun in Sweden celebrating Christmas with some amazing trail runs and beautiful nature.
When I run in Falun, I tend to run in the forest or on small roads. Below you can see a handful of picture from my run yesterday.
Some small tips when running for the first time in the cold:
(1) Start easy and get comfortable running in the cold before you do intervals.
(2) Wear shoes that works well on ice roads.
(3) Dress up - its cold :)
Last weekend in the UK was spent with Yori (girlfriend) enjoying a Swedish Christmas dinner consisting of meatballs with potatoes and "brunsås". We also enjoyed some local pastries alongside some Swedish style tea.
Tomorrow, I am flying back to Sweden where I intend to do some alternative training for triathlon i.e enjoying some cross-country skiing and running on the frozen lakes :).
This weekend, my training was done in Cambridge. I find that Cambridge is a very inspirational environment to do the running training in, because its magnificent historical architecture, cobbled streets and unique, mysterious atmosphere make the running running pathways challenging yet exciting. I did two running sessions, one of them in "fartlek" (varied speed throughout the run), and the other one in a medium comfortable pace.
After a few months in the UK, I am soon heading back to Sweden to celebrate Christmas with my family. The days have been flying by in the UK because there are always a lot of studying to do, and I kept myself but with applications for Masters degrees and networking events with potential employers.
The UK has been really warm this season (compare to where I am from!), but despite this, I was able to prepare myself for going back to Sweden with some ice-skating.