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  • If I Would Write Reviews – Women’s Nike Air Zoom Elite 9

    Tiina Kivelä

    If this would be a proper running blog, I’d write here a lengthy review* of women’s  Nike Air Zoom Elite 9 trainers, the newest addition to my running shoe collection. But as this is not that kind of blog  (to be honest, this blog doesn’t seem to be any kind of blog), I’ll just tell that if you’re a running woman (or girl) and looking for a fast (unfortunately though these don’t automatically make the girl fast), super light, responsive and narrow pair, for training and shorter races on roads and non-technical trails, this is for you.

    Extra points for no plastic packaging if you order them from Nike’s own webshop, as I did. Fits the other good goals as well.

    And for the interested, my plan with these shoes is to train, maybe for Montafon Arlberg marathon, and maybe run a few fun races like this wine run in France (Running Wine). Yes, still not taking this running thing too seriously.

    And to not make the other shoes too jealous of the new baby getting all the attention, I’m browsing in here, for tips on what kind of adventures to do with the more sturdier pairs. But before those, a few more rounds on these home trails with the new babies.

    Anyone else up for a run this weekend? Or still skiing? Already cycling?

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    * For the lengthy ones I’d tip you to check Youtube which is full of running shoe reviews. Though I am kinda disappointed how it’s full of men reviewing running shoes for men. Where are all the women? Ok we should just start making those, but the brands and stores, why those are still mostly reviewing shoes for men only? Are we running women still so small in numbers? I’d doubt that. 

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  • Wanderlust

    Tiina Kivelä

    Spring is the time of plans and projects.

    © Leo Tolstoy

    The past weeks I’ve been working with the website update, translating content (welcome back, my native finnish) and done some other adjustments. I’ve went through the material already online and not yet published, and made plans for what adventures to do this season, for pleasure and for blog material.

    And oh boy what a wanderlust I have now! Ok well, it’s not just these pics, and memories of the past adventures and amazing experiences and the need to do for content – it’s also, or even more, the toughness of the current everyday, hard work and little play, which makes me want to just leave it and go (before it’s too late and I turn into Jake in Shining).

    I just want to flee it all, to get a remedy, therapy, whatever. To take a few many steps and get a whole new perspective, a big one, on things and life in general. Anyone else familiar with this feeling?

    Don’t you sometimes feel the same, the urge to just leave the paper on the desk unwritten (or the more accurate now, project report on the screen) and just go? Wander deep into the woods, over rolling hills, along rivers and up the mountains, get lost in big cities and find peace in the most unexpected places… Don’t you also sometimes just look at the map, sometimes hour after hour, and find foreign countries to visit, paths to follow, remote huts to stay the night in, and peaks with the amazing views to climb up to?

    Tiina Kivelä

    Or is it just me?

    Here I am, looking maps and my hiking boots and fliplops. Sending messages with pieces of tour maps attached. “How about this? – When are you free again? – Should we try this loop this summer?” And so on.

    Going back and forth like this, keeping an eye on the snow reports, and other on the bank account credit balance, remembering the tour when we reached the Shreckhornhütte just before sunset, and the day when the ibexes had perfectly placed themselves on the gliff, in front of the perfect Alpine panorama. And the first frost in Lapland, and the surfing in Morocco.

    In other words, it’s spring and time to make some plans and projects and excute them soon. And get out there, even for a litte evening tour, for the preparation of greater adventures, which to later remember like this and share with others (sorry not sorry if you caught the wanderlust bug now).

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where you going this summer?

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  • Almost Mission Impossible – #Plogging In Switzerland

    Tiina Kivelä

    Once upon a time, there was Switzerland, and there a girl who wanted to save the world while running, one piece of trash at a time. In other words, the girl aka I thought to start plogging, just to notice that there’s not much to do for it in Switzerland.

    Switzerland isn’t perfect (surprise!) but I have to say that it does good on keeping the environment clean, on sorting the trash and recycling it. There are things to improve still, like the plastic issue. But when it comes to clean nature I have to say, after keeping an eye on the details for few days, it does pretty well in it. So thank you Switzerland and especially people in here to making my plogging almost impossible, and keeping the nature clean from dirt.

    With the saved time from plogging, I’ve thought about start making actions on reducing the plastic waste, to which the recent Earth Day and it’s campaign for the year End Plastic Pollution, has given a good boost as well.

    And like the style goes these days, there’s a good opportunity to brag about your world saving and inspire others (more of the latter please) with a simple hashtag if an when you want to join saving the world, act by act. Try #plogging, #endplasticpollution or #nomoreplastic.

    So we can more likely enjoy views like this in the future too.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: St. Gallen – Bodensee (Arbon-Steinach-Rorschach) map