Villasukka By Pia

“Villasukka” is the Finnish word for “woolen sock.”  

In my tiny hometown of Juuka, Finland, my parents have a small shop where they sell the paintings and handmade crafts of local artists.  I grew up in this shop and now every time I visit home I think about how much wonderful Finnish culture is sitting there quietly and I wish more people could experience it!

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Santa Monica 5K

In a blog post from a few months ago, I told you about my goal to become a better runner and in doing so, I signed up for the Santa Monica Classic 5K

I was basically starting from  zero and the race gave me a concrete goal with a 5 week deadline. I started with walk/run combos and with each run I would walk a little less and run more, until I finally reached the full 5K distance about a week before the race. 

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Burpees, Lunge Curls & Thrusters - Let's go!

Hi friends! I just left LA for a 5-week work trip to Europe and Asia, so I made sure to get one last workout in Palisades Park before the long flight to Finland (that's my first stop!). I usually keep my park WODs simple with bodyweight-only movements, but this time I brought some light 8-lb dumbbells so that I could do thrusters and lunge curls, along with some standard burpees.

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