It was good to be back in the French and Italian Alps again, good to see familiar faces, Leanne and Hilton, have some wine here and there and spend quality time in the mountains.

Two days before the race we decided to do an impromptu fast moving day at higher elevation, so took the Flégére lift up and ran/hiked in our short jeans and barefoot shoes to the Lac Blanc. An icy swim in the glacier lake, picnic and rendezvous with an ibex later we found ourselves back in Chamonix with absolutely epic sunburns. …


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There are times when 1+1 doesn’t equal 2. In the case of the national football team of Iceland the formula looks more like 1+1 > 2. Couple of really brief thoughts, why they are THE team everybody is talking about.

  1. No pressure. Just the fact that they qualified is a huge success for the nation of 330 000 people. Everything above and beyond that is like an extra round of dessert. And nobody isn’t going to say no to that!
  2. Once in a lifetime opportunity. These players don’t get to play that kind of games every day. In fact for…

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Close your eyes and give yourself ten seconds to think about a very successful sports coach and qualities that make her or him stand out. You don’t have to say those qualities out loud, but I believe that I’m not that much off here when I presume that two of the words that did pass through your mind were role model and motivator.

For my MA thesis research in Tallinn University I had the pleasure to work with 25 elite teams in Estonia and their coaches. …


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Picture by Jordi Saragosa — www.saragossa.cat

Emelie Forsberg was born in Sweden, is a member of Salomon team and has won numerous mountain races in Europe and in the US. In addition to race victories she has been crowned as the overall winner of the Skyrunning series and has showed top results also on ski-mountaineering. To see all her results, head over to Wikipedia!

Before we get to Emelie let’s look at the psychological background of an injury.

Imagine this — you are in the best shape of your life, you are physically strong, you are mentally on top of your game, performing at your highest…


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As an athlete your have only one goal — to be better tomorrow than you are today and to be better day after tomorrow than you are tomorrow. Better than all the others toeing the starting line with you. To be the best.

Fact: You have spent countless hours training your physique. Technique, speed, explosiveness. Thousands of free throws, hours of working on a small micro movement on the fencing track, tons of weight lifted. Without the physical training you wouldn’t be where you are today.

For sure, among the athletes that are training with high volume, there is this…


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Hill region landscape of the southern regions in Estonia. As you can see Estonians are the daughters and sons of high mountains :)

I’m already getting emotional writing this at the local university cafe.

Thanks. I mean really THANKS, I hope you understand how much just a single pat on the back or cheer on the roadside or a miniature Facebook like means during the darkest moments of the race. Many of us (not wanting to say “at least me”) tend to be strong in group settings and weak as individuals, so this definitely is a make or break thing when you know that there are so many people out there cheering for you when you are trying to be the best version…


My thoughts about preparing for the Laulasmaa Ultra

After the TransLantau100 and all the awesome trail stuff that followed for the next three weeks in Hong Kong I thought that I'll take some time off. Partly because we are voluntarily nomadic at the moment, staying one day here, one day there and and the third day who knows where and that doesn't really leave that much room for well organized training. And partly because I've been a bit mentally tired from training lately.

But that was until we started to plan a trip back home to Estonia and I thought…


TransLantau 100km in Hong Kong, March 2015

However good or bad I was, that was as good as I was. That was me.

I’ve been waiting for this beast since last year. Since last year, because I was here. Since last year, because I failed. Since last year, because I don’t like to fail, because failing is not an option. Easy.

Everything was going according to plans made by coach Andy from Mile27, I was doing 12–15 hour training weeks with pretty impressive elevation number for flat-as-a-pancake-country like Singapore. But as…


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When a bird shits on your head 10 seconds before the start of a marathon, it is an omen for good luck. At least where I come from. Obviously it’s not the case over here in Singapore.

First 25km were eventless, going was easy and I was 2–3 min behind the 3h30’ schedule.
Then decided to take a pee and all hell broke loose — what came out was a brown sticky substance that reminded more of the glue that you use to put the wallpaper on the wall, rather than urine form an ordinary bloke. …


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I’ve got quite mixed feelings about this one. One one side I’m glad I finished despite some unexpected stuff, on the other side I’m disappointed that I didn’t achieve my goals. But all in all was awesome — mainly thanks for the support from the volunteers and other runners.

Seconds after the start at 4am I wasn’t really sure if I’m at the right place. Most of the runners blasted off like the finish line is about half an hour away. Had to constantly remind myself that I’ve got another half a day to go and have to take it…

Markko Junolainen

Telesis Coaching — psychology of athletes, leadership and people on the move.

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