101.89km and some rest to do!
Yes, you read correctly! This week was a long and good week with 101.89km ran in 7 workouts. No need to say that today – Sunday – I feel that a rest day is definitely to be taken tomorrow – Monday!
After yesterday’s race, I did too much walking and was pretty tired in the evening, making me sleep like a stone from 9pm to 3am. Up then to take coughing mixture and watching a bit of rubbish on tv… and back to bed after an hour to hit the pillow for 5 more hours. The long run planned to be completed by 11am was not looking good! Took a late breakfast à la Staffan (i.e. oat-porridge, gojjiberries and blueberries, banana and oat milk). As I am unable to run right away with this in my stomach, I waited an hour or so and then hit the…SNOW! No pavement to be seen, a white layer had been falling during the night making it definitely not “spring-like”. So lucky that the race was yesterday and not today!
Whatever, put a new mix in my ears and went along for a 27K on an easy pace (well, having my ASICS GT-2160 on the feet, I could not directly be racing on the snow, right?). Just running, breathing, taking not too hilly path (at the beginning, because after a while it became up&down!). Missing one turn at a moment I arrived to a dead-end and had to climb up in the snow a very stiffed slope… SO worth the climbing to get a beautiful view from the top as well as seeing dears jumping around in the snow…After 10K and a few blitz stops for taking pictures, I took an energy gel with water (Yes, i had planned to take my camelbak for its first ride of the year, but seeing the snow I was expecting cold and left with a half-full bottle of water instead. Me who really do not like to run with bottle in my hands…). Quite empty of people despite being lunch time on a Sunday with “nice” snow weather… Got some more water at the restaurant on the dock and then hit the road again. Aimed for the harbours but strongly determined NOT to take them if there would be the SLIGHTEST shadow of snow on the road… Yes, sure! Who am I kidding, really? Turned right and here it was, the “terrible” place where I fell earlier this year on a snow/icy part. This time, the skies were light, the air was nice and yes snow was there but definitely nothing to do with the “snowy long run” I had then. The water was so calm it left a strange feeling. Body fine, head full of thoughts, reaching mid-point it was nice! Just running along turning there and turning there. Took my second gel in the middle of a houses area, a bit unsure where I actually were. Aimed towards Smithska Udden/Näset, no soul around when during summer this place is dark of people! Nice up&down slopes as well. Final 5km were really good in terms of feeling, nice in the legs, good breathing (last 2km nose only…) and finally skipped the gloves as well.
Completed the run with buying some protein recovery drink and a well-deserved half-Sub chicken. Lots of water to drink with it. And then back home with public transport (yes, because I did reach my objective of 27km and was not at home then!). Nice and hot shower (as usual!) and then 20 minutes laying on the floor with legs up / feet on the sofa. Long run of today: 27km in 2hr 24min. Pretty satisfied especially as the pulse felt quite steady and not high.
Now definitely time to call it the day. Night, night!