Less than 60 days left to Sunday September 8 and the start of Tor des Géants in Courmayeur. From having wished that the there would be more time until then, I am now wishing that time would pass more quickly. A very good sign that I am starting to get as prepared as I could be I guess. I am still in a period where I focus a lot on getting distance in my legs and I have started to feel very strong. The problems I have had with my Achilles tendons and my left ankle have all subsided despite my ramping up the weekly milage even further. It is soon time for a short vacation in Southern Italy and I will then start to focus on adding more quality to my training and starting to gain speed and further up/downhill running technique.
I am writing this on a flight on my way to Chicago – I think my seventh business trip overseas to the US during the past year. Back home in Sweden there has been a lovely July weatherwise and there is plenty of wild blueberries in the forests. Blueberries are and have since my childhood always been my favorite berries. I simply love blueberry pie, blueberry ice cream or just simply milk or yoghurt and blueberries. I therefore became doubly happy when stumbled across some studies showing that the blueberry fruit exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can facilitate recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD). Although blueberries are low in vitamin C and E they contain the broadest range of anthocyanin and polyphenolic antioxidant compounds among common berryfruits (Wu X et al. Lipophilic and hydrophilic antioxidant capacities of common foods in the United States. J Agri Food Chem 2004, 52: 4026).