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Race Report – Midnattsloppet – 2014 – 2014/08/23

Planned: 10K as temporun – training race
Actual: 10K @42:53 🙂 – place 18 all women (11th at the finish line), 4th in age category

Not the easiest/flattest/lightest of the route…. Got the kicks and rehab done in the morning. Spend the day wandering around and rush at the end to get prepared. Porridge around 7:00pm and shower to get ready at 8:15pm… Not too great preps this time. Got to set the hair up, prepared the shoes and double-checked the watch and the chip on the shoes. All set. Ran easy to the start using the last slope and final 1.5km of the route 🙂 Fun to see people cheering already, one saying that the first runner was already passing by (he he he, I wish!). Saw the final preparations for limiting the road and noted the wind in the final street… Fortunately the rain was not there. Had been raining cats&dogs a couple of time during the day, but now it was just lightly windy. Arrived 8:45pm at the start, figured out where the start 1A was (nothing looks the same when it is dark!), got a stop to the loo and…. Started to wait. Having friends meeting at the tram stop at 9pm I decided to go and check them out. Nice to meet a talk a bit before the race. Met Lennart as well from the club and then it was already 9:08pm…Maybe should try this thing called “warm-up”… Left with all the best luck and smiles and off to the start. Met Maria B (Hälle IF) warming up. This is her who won at Kungsbacka vintermilen last year J A few accelerations in the dark, found my plastic bag cover I had hidden behind a tree and then started the wait for the start…among the coolest gang of elite runners J Felt a bit misplaced, but what the heck… I did qualify for starting there (even if I am probably and by far the slowest of the group on a 10K 😛 ). And almost 5minutes to start aaaaand the heavy rain started to fall on us like crazy. Yeaaaah! Fourth time I run this race and everytime it has been a wet start. As long as the start is not delayed this year I think… right when the speaker announces that we have a 5minutes delay for the start… Can definitely see that HE is under cover when WE are under the rain… Not many smiles from the runners around me, I can tell. Doing a bit of jumping, moving a bit, smiling to the guys around me (and yes…the “misplaced” feeling does increase then!). When hearing 10 seconds to start… REALLY?!?!? Cannot he announce a countdown like…1 minute to start…30sec… and he even shout in the speaker “TWO SECONDS TO START”…

9:35pm – Start it is! Rushing as fast I can in the dark and I just see a thundering yellow on my right and a thundering green/black on my left. And off we went. Nice that the rain had kindly stopped before the start. We run onto a close to pitch black street and then turn and up the little slope. A wave of men with fucshia tshirts just burst passed me (the tshirt colour is the chosen one for this year’s race and all runners are to wear it – apart from elite who may if they want or choose to run in their club’s colours…which I chose 🙂 White singlet, black Moremiles shorts, black arm sleeves and Adidas Adizero Adios Boost Orange. A fast-like outfit :)). Back to the race. The long first straight line is going fine, tricky to check the pace as it is dark out there. Turning up right and then right again to reach km1. Lots of beeping on the first control matt… to start hearing cursing guys all around. So I lift my eyes from my feet (don’t want to walk on something or water or whatever and fall!) and see…small white plastic hurdles ahead of us!!!! WHAT IS THIS?!?!? All are rushing on the left of those…which is a VERY wet grass and then for the final 2-3 then most are running above those “plastic tubes” on the ground…which I decide to do…forgetting that I am probably 2m smaller than most of the guys here and then I actually have to JUMP (!?!?!) above those hurdles and on the last one, my foot step on something which is under the white plastic stuff and the left ankle shouted a bit. NOT A HAPPY ME then. (and no cursing from my side, but definitely not happy)… and it is only km1!!!! Continued the run and then left and it is downhill. Nice with some cheering (WOW, people came despite the rain!!!). and at the end of the street… a giant disco bowl is hanging high in the air…and all the floor is actually turning and bouncing and I already feel sick…like sea-sick! And it is the turning right then and thanks! The street-lights are back and normal after that! Straight and easy, if the first km went sub4, the second one will be far from it. But who cares? Nice and easy to km3. Had been passed by 2 women by now (all the elites are far away now…). I got a nice rhythm and let all the guys passing by. Feels like a marathon start. All are rushing, but I know there are 42km to go… Let’s them rush… Until the brain is waking up around km3 and remember it is only 10K to run this evening. Anyhow, the light fake slope to km4 is heavier that before. Nice to have no wind and no rain though. Reaching the water-station and taking an energy drink. Dropping half on the nice guy giving it to me and then just rinsing my mouth with the rest left and spotting out the whole thing (disgusting taste!). Getting back to the run and hearing MW cheering on the side (yes, I will try to catch up with #22 and see if he (?) is cute!) and the new slope is arriving. Nice and easy, easier than during training actually. The turn to km5 is great with music and hearing someone shouting my name is even better! Twice in less of a km 😛 Passing the 5K in 21:06. D*mn…. 6seconds slower than I wished… But continuing.

The first half was easy-peasy really. Passing a bunch of guys on the way to the slope. A bit of cheering from Magnus from the club (thanks!) and then just taking 2 dextrosol at km6 more for the fun of it (?!?!?) than because it is needed. The first slope feels a bit heavy but once again, being a female in the middle of males does call for some cheering. Which I get and thanks for it! Tricky to see who is cheering because it is SO dark. Anyhow, the scary hill to the first church is soon there and still not seeing the first elites passing… Yeaaaaah! I am not THAT slow anyway 🙂 Starting then the uphill and after the first turn, I see the first male runner crazily running downhill…closely followed by the other elites…and here came the first female runner and all others after… Just continuing listening to the cheer-leaders to the way up. Yes, I know I am almost on the top and some are slowing down…which makes me accelerating a bit (kind of). Have no clue of my pace by now. Just feeling all ok – training-like. Have seen Maria B going down on my way up. So I estimate she is 1km or so ahead of me… Sounds like a sub40 to me… Passing km7 and then turning around Masthuggetskyrkan…to get stopped almost by all the guys taking water or sport-drink at the station, trickily placed JUST after a turn and in the downhill on the other side of the Church 😦 And it is to bite it a bit, headwind for a short while and time to rush down. WHY ARE YOU SLOWING DOWN GUYS?!?!? I have to cut a bit on the left side for passing guys slowing down in the downhill… Not a chance I do that. I know how fast it can be taken. Down down down and fast fast fast. Not seeing anybody really on the way down, just passing people. And turning left to the next downhill… this one we have to run it on the pavement (which I think was stupid, because the street is much less slippery-like than the pavement…but I am not the one arranging the race…). And it is just fast and faster and almost fastest 🙂 It is now less than 2km and it is going nicely fast (not race-like fast, but good enough for today). Passing Andrej who is cheering my name (thanks!) and here comes the first of my best fans G parking on his kickboard and shouting to keep the pace up and all will be good J More of my name in the same street and then the final right turn towards the soon-to-come Church slope. Hearing a functionary cheering that I took the slope quite nicely earlier the first time (i.e. on my way to the start) so I just have to do the same now! Cool to be recognized in the dark! (then I remember I have my club outfit and not a fuchsia tshirt. Difficult to hide…). And the heavy(est) part of the race starts…almost; G has made it to the start of the hill for more cheering..Can’t let him down really! So rushing a bit more (ok, I noticed that I take smaller steps AND looking at my shoes then…) and seeing E&T on the right side…OF COURSE I am making a short curve out for some high-five J And a smile (as if it is not painful…). Passing the music band (sorry, did not noticed what it was for music…to concentrated on NOT stopping and walking). Now it is only a few meters to the end of this *#%!& hill and to the almost-final street. Not too many stopping, but several slowing down here – as expected. Gosh, this is heavy with those small slopes here and there. Getting to km9 and I am just dead tired… but ONE km is left. Just have to rush with the wave of guys around me…some just waking up at this moment…I am waiting for reaching the next street and the little downhill… and accelerating. OK guys, WHY are you slowing down in the downhills?!?!? I jump on the pavement and run there passing probably a bunch of guys there and then of course I have to take the external side of the right curve but who cares… I am almost done! And it is just not long at all. I feel the legs are burning (this chili cream is just killing me! Never getting warm-feeling when I need it). And turning right and it is not much left. On the way up the final slope I just feel like flying. Noting a few guys and deciding they won’t finish before me. Just rushing through the crowd and accelerating, hearing the kind and happy cheering of the guys I am passing…I am on a cloud and I see that the clock is not yet to 43:xx…JUST.A.LITTLE.BIT.MORE….Aaaaand YES! It is finished. Pressing the watch on 42:51. SOOOOOO glad to have made it under 43. The plan was under 45 minutes for this route. Even I ran this race two years ago right under 44 minutes, the route this year was tougher. So sub45 was a good to have. So sub43 was definitely a happy ending… Same as usual after the finish line: Medal, banana, water, cheering from guys around me (fun to hear one saying “I thought I could beat you but you were to strong at the end. How are you doing that?” J and another one just hugging me for the fun of running passed him (Hmmm OK, then!)). After that, just turn back and got more water and then pressed saved on my watch and started again the clock for running back home. Easy peasy pace. Ready for running 3 times the distance already run…. Yapp, have to work on the “being-tired-at-the-end-of-a-10K-race”.

Official time: 42:53

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Weather: 12ºC, Feels like 12ºC, 8 km/h SSW wind, Humidity 88% (form Garmin). Nice in the air at start, heavy rain for 5minutes before the delayed start (just to make us wet?!?!? Is that part of the plan?), dark in the skies

Food: Grahamsporridge + banana+soymilk @7:00pm, 2 bananas + water right after the race, risotto+Italian sausage 1.5hr after
During: Dextrosol 2@km2&6 (most to wake up…) and mouth-rinsing with sport-drink
Gear: Moremiles short shorts (3), MIK white singlet, black arm sleeves. Real nice to have the arm sleeves when it rained before the start. Might have been a bit chilly otherwise. Shoes were nice and well-suiting…and fast J

Shoes: ADIDAS Adizero Adios Boost – Orange

14/ tricky again to set an effort on this one. Definitely above the normal-workout-effort, but not much more. Of course a bit higher on the way up to the church, definitely a 15 for the last Church 250m-slope, but despite the final 300/400m being fast, the effort then was not more than strong 13. Just running on adrenaline and happiness by then! J

Knee pain: 0/5 – YIPPIE! All good. The body felt all fine and ready for running. 

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NOTE: One more good training race. Better shape that in the previous 10K-race, feeling good just. Once again could the preparations be a bit better (like shower and clothing 45minutes before the start was maybe a liiiittle late for concentration or so…). Warm-up was a little better this time, but could have definitely run 3 more km for being really warm before start. Should have kept my plastic cover on before the start to skip being all wet…. Good to have skipped the music in the ears (dangerous in the dark and in a race!). Great with so many people running as it gave a lot of pull at the end and through the race (well, did not use it during the race, but definitely at the end!)

NOTE: Running in the dark is fun, but racing in the dark ain’t my favorite and far from it. Especially when raining and slippery. Really dangerous I think. Have not fallen, but the ankle slip of the km1 made me a bit scared for the rest of the run… All went fine though.

NOTE: The pre-run done yesterday was on heavy/tired legs and it might have been this during the race as well. No excuse. Just checking how the legs are lately. Probably some rest to plan within short…


Two weeks in one post…HOW will this work?… (still no laptop-week…)

OK, has been a bit quiet here, but seriously. Having no laptop does not make life easier. So let’s try to make a quick summary of all the good and bad things that happened during these last two weeks.

Week 04082014-10082014…

Back to vacations 🙂 Quite nice and enjoyable. Monday got its share of training with double run – easy morning recovery run (from the heavy long run the day before) and then in the evening I joined the Urban Tribes for a “Pace” workout. Easy warmup, 4km @5min/km and then back home. Probably should have skipped one of the runs…or both of them. Was pretty tired already in the morning and by bedtime it was tricky to get contact with me…SO tired I was! (not that much the head, but the whole body was out of energy really).

Therefore it was a well-deserved rest (Tues)day which followed. Check for the knee at the physiotherapist. All looking fine (well, at least not worse than before)., Rehab to continue every day or every second day (being stubborn and well-decided to get this knee back into place, I chose the first option…). Nothing but resting for this day, including a thai massage which was far from enjoyable, but afterwards it felt the body really needed this.

Wednesday arrived and it was time for intervals. Actually a bit odd-feeling as generally interval-day is Tuesday and/or Thursday. But other plans for those two days so as good to turn this Wednesday into what it was not! Fast 5min and then extra fast 1min – not that I am used to this! Really stable series and a crazy fast minute as well: Really pleased with the session…which made me exhausted to the bones…for the rest of the day! Took a lot of extra strength to even go for a walk in the afternoon and try to enjoy the little sun… late in bed…

…which made going up on Thursday even more difficult. THIS is the challenge of those days. You have a fixed time to follow and have to arrange the rest of the day all around it. Sounds like a military bootcamp, but nope. A nice outing in the islands to meet with friends and hopefully the sun as well. How to make this work with the training programme? The 5 o’clock ring signal did not last long… and the snooze button got tired as well… until the brain decided to call it the day and told the body to get ready for core and rehab. That would do for the day. Then breakfast, bicycling to the ferry. Quite snack waiting for the ferry (and noting duly… that I forgot to eat my own breakfast… great! one of those days….). And then we spent a nice day under the sun, with bath in the sea (not me), bicycling, checking the island viewpoints with a very accommodating host & kids 🙂 The tricky part to get back home (i.e. ferry and bike home) went actually pretty well…but all were dead tired when opening the home door and it was pretty much time for bed (even if early and on vacation…). A nice day on Earth!

Which made the Friday not starting too early. And nothing was working really for getting out and running. The “running is easy…only to jump into your shoes and hit the pavement” was definitely not the way it worked on Friday. Did my rehab and then nicely prepared myself to the second interval workout of the week. But something did not want me to start this workout. While waiting for my Garmin to find the satellites I was doing some eccentric heel raises and checking the workout on the watch…Surpriiiiiiiiise! NOT THERE. Back home and starting up the computer again, took forever so decided to enter the workout manually. All good. Back to the street waiting for the satellites and then the mp3 music died in my ears… Brilliant! back home for charging the battery enough for the workout. Prepared the lunch in the meantime and then time to go….reaching the street and noticing I forgot my water bottle…REAAAAAALLLLLY?!?!?!? OK, it was by then noon when I was planning to run at 10 o’clock… No need to say that the weather did not make me a favor… It had become way warmer/sunnier that I had thought. On the top of it I even felt hungry as I had eaten early for the workout of…TEN O’CLOCK! The energy levels were definitely not on the top. Still did warmup and stretched before a crazy workout. This was now time intervals and if the first serie went fine, I always think that it is anyway slow because the body need to acclimate to the training. The second serie went not too good and the lack of water + the heavy sun did not help really. I thought I’ll redeemed myself with the final serie… Third serie was even more rubbish than the second one…Yeeeeaaaaahhhhh! Time for final serie, this will be fine…all will be fine… Starting with a 3min interval slow like ….well, slow! NOOOOOOOO!!! this is NOT the way intervals work. Started the second interval of the final serie and this thing called “DIG DEEP, YOU STILL HAVE STRENGTH HIDDEN SOMEWHERE”, well, it just happened. By half of the interval the watch had been shouting enough to remind me how slow I was and this made me not too happy so, being the last one of its kind, as good to get all out for this interval…which actually worked!!! Second best interval among all four series…Time for the final one and this one was a hammered one! Tears afterwards and definitely feeling like laying down blank in the middle of the bike path (which I did not do as it was not really safe there…). Pretty emptied of strength after that. You know those slugs crossing the road sloooooooowly when it is raining…Yapp! this was me after the workout and for the rest of the day. (and here you have to take the slowest and laziest slug….).

Yaaaahhh… by now you might have guessed something was ongoing… Saturday started early, heavy and not too good. The scratching throat I had a few days earlier had disappeared (with all the gallons of tea+honey I drank?… no wonder it disappeared!). But little stubborn me still did her rehab and headed out for a recovery run. Easy-easy-easy until I reached km6 where the legs did not want to carry me much faster than the slow pace I already had and being 2km from home I did not want to take the tram (this is the emergency trick to take the tram…when there is an emergency, an accident or whatever…not when the LEGS don’t want to carry me any longer…). So stubbornly continued the workout (if can still be called this way…) with a power-walk for 2km. Even this felt slow. And being without tshirt was not helping (you are getting warm when running, but the pace of my power-walk was so slow it felt it was chilly out there). Back home, hot tea, hot shower, and ended under hot cover with fever for the rest of the day after GET had left. Yeaaaaah! perfect way of starting the weekend and ending one’s vacations…SICK! By bedtime it felt a little better, but feeling quite off anyway…

So it was with surprise that Sunday started with sun shining and enough strength for a 30km trail long run under the sun. Yes, I DID feel tired afterwards, but nicely tired. Directly to thai massage w/M after and then food food and more food. Felt I could eat for 5 persons after this long run. Nice indeed not to feel sick anymore and a much better way to end the week…

=> so was the week that preceded this one…

Week 11082014-17082014…

Back to work (for real this time…). As usually for a Monday (?), should be easy or rest. Took another chance at testing a Run Pace workout with the 5min-group. Was late for the workout so “my” warmup to the meeting point was more like an interval run…to see that we were three arrived and nobody else. Then a little easier run and the drills, before starting the run pace. First km was as usual slightly faster than planned, but ok. Second km was with a little slope and I chose to pass my group a little (because I am kind-of rubbish when running slow uphill…) and then another runner caught up with me and we ran at a faster pace than planned definitely. Got to the turning point and turned (!) and then the pace just kept on accelerating to finally end the final km at interval-pace. NOT GOOD! this was a recovery run for me… But so much fun 🙂 easy back home. Good start for the week.

SO to make things right, Tuesday started with an easy recovery run (a real one this time!). 8km – easy peasy pace before work. All good (and yes, it ALWAYS feels good when reaching the office and knowing you have already sweat more than what most of your colleagues will during a full day at work 😉 ) Quick pause mid-morning for knee rehab. End of workday and feeling pretty sluggish and not really tired, but needed some air for the brain to function correctly… So off I went. There is a race on Saturday next week (Midnight Run) and I decided to take the route but the other way around. Easy and nicely. Took aaaaaaall the slopes and the downs and seriously it felt really nice afterwards to have done this second run (even for the hilly parts!). Good sleep afterwards!

Wednesday was rest day. Nothing special. Working. A bit tired. But fine.

Then went up early on Thursday and seriously had to refrain myself for not going out running because I had planned to join the Run Tough workout after work. So rehab and core before work and then when finally completed the day, changed for running. Easy warmup to the meeting point, a bit of chatting and THEN… I understood what the word “TOUGH” meant for the workout… Got to do 5*600m followed by 4*300m at a specific pace. We were divided in different groups and I had the joy (!) to be alone in mine and had the instructor for just me. My personal pacesetter. Great! She was really cool to encourage and push and act as wind-shield when needed. After the 2 first 600s she noticed that I generally go all in at first and then slow down and then accelerate again. So she paced me so to start slow(er) and accelerate progressively (OK, it was NOT easy and I need practice!). Anyhow, this was a great workout, and surely my program was indicating more reps, but this was good enough for the day! Back home, second part of the knee rehab and bed. All good!

How would a Friday be without a bit or (early) running? Up early (unsure why, because I felt so nicely rested in the morning I thought I overslept!), light core exercises and off to do the Midnight Run route again, but the right way this time 🙂 Took the bike to close to the start as warm up, run the distance and then back home by bike. All nice and easy. 7:15am – 13km already done, just shower and light breakfast before work and that did the trick! Nice and easy day at work before the weekend started.

Surely the weekend is supposed (?) to be  for resting, but for runners there is often this long run-thing to place as good as possible somehow for not disturbing the peace of the rest of the people around you :). Saturday started with a long time-interval workout. CRAZY! Never did this workout (3*10min) but it was actually FUN (yaaaaah, ok, I recognize it…running might be enjoyable…from time to time 😛 ) What made this workout crazy is that the final interval was the fastest and with a pace comparable to fast 1km-intervals. Of course I am not the kind of “steady pace all the way” runner… so I started snail-slow-pace for accelerating and ending at 3:47-pace (which is the fastest pace I have had for 10min ever (I think). So surely nice workout. But why stopping the fun there? Sweat running all over the face when reaching home, quick stretch, quick shower, change of gear and biked to meeting point for training with IFK Göteborg Athletism club. Well, I joined for their warmup and took it as my cooldown. Pretty nice to see what a decent warmup should be… SO after that, bike home and rest (for real!). Easy afternoon, decided from out of the blue to do my knee rehab and then it was time for preparing dinner for friend company. And so Saturday had disappeared already! Almost faster as an interval…

Unfortunately the rain woke me up on Sunday morning. My plan A to run in the woods had been changed the day before to plan B run half the distance on asphalt and half the distance on a 1K-trail track. Then sms made my plan B to almost change back to plan A but the rain made me back off and choose plan C – full distance on asphalt BUT at steady pace (Yes, I can work on the parts that are identified as not really my strengths…). Having read a part in Szalkai’s book that for a 3:00-marathon the long run should be at 4:40min/km pace (talkable pace), there was NOT A CHANCE I would do that. I nicely chose to aim for a steady 5:00min/km-pace. Spent my morning watching the final men marathon of the European championship in Zürich. THIS is what I call inspiration. Having a guy running away from the group from km8 and dominating the race until km30/35 (?) and then quitting due to cramp/stomach…and having a race for the first place not really clear until the final 5km arrived. Marathon is just that: it REALLY starts after km30… Anyhow, happily inspired I left to my long run with my NEW SHOES! Yapp, Christmas in August. Two new pairs of volume-shoes had landed on Friday to my home. My choice went to ASICS GT-2000 2. Simply because the tighter model (GT-2000 (2A)) was not available anywhere and after checking the other model, I noted not too much difference. Probably not the best to take a new pair of shoes for a long run, but still. It has to start somewhere, right? So…how did the run go? well, 20km as planned, although at a pace of 4:42min/km… Unsure how it went as the first kms were close to 5min/km and it felt nice to keep it this way. The new music mix in the ears made all change really. I noted myself singing loudly “I will neeeeeeeever love again” during something like probably 10min or so, before the brain actually started to analyse what the sound coming out of my mouth was actually meaning!!!! So it can happen when running! And THEN arrive the crazy wonderful part that DJ Eclipse ALWAYS has in his mix, those parts that bring you so high you feel like flying…. And indeed I reached at this moment a downhill and once again the brain registered after a while that I was singing vocalises on a pretty high tons and that actually (!) sounded nice…and yes, I was as well running downhill with my arms imitating an aeroplane… No shame, No glory 🙂 SO much fun actually. Took 2-300m after this slope for being in a nice tailwind road and decided to skip the tshirt and that was even nicer to run. No need to say that the 5min/km plan was no longer in place. Ended anyway the run and spent as usual a bit of time resting with legs up and took an easy afternoon to finish this weekend. Resting indoors, because the rain Gods decided to turn the skies into showers during this day (apart from the time I was out apparently!).

 

That was it. Almost updated on all that happened training-wise for the past two weeks. Hopefully a laptop is on its way…

Keep on running!


Back to work, still sweaty and a sunny-hilly race… (summary of still another week without laptop)

(Week 28072014-03082014) Fully into the core challenge, daily rehab for the knee, starting to work and a race on the top of the week. A bit of activities indeed!

Monday was dedicated to rest. Rehab and core workout were the best way of starting the day, also it ended pretty tired after this first day of going back to work. No difficulty to fall asleep, and easy to wake up with those *###&%!! seagulls screaming @3am in the morning. Went back to sleep though and felt rested when Tuesday started.

Despite a bit boring night, got up for rehab and core, but felt like it would be easier and nicer to get straight to the running to skip the possible heat and be able to get to work at a decent time as well. Serie of 1,000m is at the moment something I really like. It feels like the short 200 and the long 1,000 are the only distances I can get some satisfactory pace right now. So, took an easy warmup, stretch and then headed to the flatest place for running these intervals. Really happy with this workout. Especially when done after a rest day which felt pretty tired and sluggish…and a bad night on the top of it! Started with 7-8 intervals in plan but thought that making it 5 today would be already great. Then changed a bit the outlay of the serie by turning back after 3 intervals instead of 4, which made the mind thinking a bit then! Completed the 7th interval and it felt definitely necessary (!) to get a final one to enjoy the run a bit longer 🙂 Real good workout. Got my final km at the 4th best pace ever 3:40 🙂 Even noticing I was clapping and singing out loud during some of the intervals… (don’t ask!). The knee rehab followed right after the interval workout… which i do NOT recommend! Really sweaty adn tired, it made the whole rehab pretty much tougher than it should. Then a full nice day at work before getting back home, changing back to running gear for a recovery run at pretty easy pace. Cold shower after that and got ready for nice evening in nice company. Pretty tired though, fell on the pillow and did not have to count to “2” probably before I joined Dreamland…

Just for the fun of it (!), started Wednesday with core workout and directly to the nearest Gardens for a morning easy trail run directly followed by stretch for the knee. Felt all good for recovery workout from the day before. Especially after short night and long work day ahead. Pretty warm outside, lots to work on, all good so to finish the day with the rehab session. Surely a bit tired by then, but it had to be done…

Thursday turned into rest day. Not planned this way directly, but having a possible race on Saturday made this change necessary… Well, necessary and necessary. Was feeling like climbing up the walls by the start of the evening, resisted to get out in the morning but it was way too hard in the evening. So jumped on my bike for an easy 25km tour with the sun in the eyes during half of the time. Really nice to enjoy the colourful landscape at this time of the evening 🙂 (Yeah…a bit spooky as well in some places, but it faded away as biked a bit faster then…). Good for the legs and refreshing for the mind. Lots to think about…

Started  Friday with core and rehab and headed to the office. Meetings and nice lunch with colleagues under the sun (and a bit chilly when the clouds covered the sun…), seeing the rain through the window and then directly home for an easy afternoon run to check the form before Saturday’s race. A bit heavy at first, the legs got better after a while and the run ended pretty nicely. Quick shower and a bit of food before bicycling to the sea for a quick swim and a nice chat under the last rays of the sun. Easy evening, ready for Saturday’s race… The afternoon run was a good way to check the body and mind as well as was the first run without the knee being taped. Worked all fine. Surely a bit tired after the run and definitely after the bike, but all fine.

And here came Saturday. Up with the birds, got myself ready and it was time for training race 🙂 Got my bag ready, two changes (just in case 🙂 ) and food in the belly. Warm outside and sunny, all good, right? Ready for “Musselloppet“. Race report here… Good training race, nice afternoon and sunny day. Tired at the end of this Saturday. Happy to have run it 🙂

Woke up Sunday with rain on the roof. Nothing heavy, but enough to clear the air. Tired in the body, tired in the mind, no motivation… Perfect start for the day… Quick shower for waking up a bit and off to the pavement. Pretty heavy first km. Stretched a bit and then easy pace for 3 more km before joining the route of Göteborgsvarvet. Route I followed all the way to the end and more afterwards. But back to km4. Took the first bridge pretty easily. Had started some drizzling rain, nice for keeping myself awaken… Got to change a bit the route as some streets are not available outside the race-day. Felt all ok, apart from the fact that it was slow, heavy and without any motivation. By km8 started to count in my head the multiplication tables from 2 to 10. Shortly after finishing, still needing something to occupy the mind, so started the same multiplication table but from 10 to 2 downwards… Yapp! Kept myself awaken!!! Definitely. Was happy to see km10 and then km11 was already there. The light rain stopped around km15 and a beautiful and warm sun replaced it. The left knee felt good all the way. So for the last 2km, went a bit faster. The legs wanted it 😛 So the whole run went a bit faster than planned, but still ok for a long run. 25km all good on asphalt! Spent the rest of the day resting and strangely extremely thirsty. Always strange to come from a workout and dropping water! Anyhow, the weather and warmth were not optimal for being hungrig, but got a pizza in the tummy to ensure energy was there for the body. Got the rehab program done later on during the day and this.is.not.optimal.at.all (did I say it already?!?!?). SO extremely tired, felt like I had used all the energy in the body really…

 

This was my week of running: Pretty tired at the end, rich of one more race experience and a knee which seems to be in better shape since a while. Keeping fingers crossed really.

How was your running week?
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Race Report – Musselloppet – 2014/08/02

Planned: 10K as temporun – training race to test the knee and the form

Actual: 44:47 🙂 11th place women elite, 69th place total.

A bit of fun under the sun and definitely a good check for the knee 🙂

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Surely not the optimal preparations… Up early thanks to the seagulls, got the kicks, core and rehab out of the way in the morning already. A short walk to wake up the legs and then ate porridge around 11am before leaving with Lennart around 11:30am to the race… So far, so good 🙂

The car drive should have brought us to the race area 2 hours before start but due to ferry issues we arrived 10 minutes (!!!) before start (having with us Adam and his mum who needed a ride to the start as their car was still waiting on the other side…). No need to say that it had been a GREAT move to change to running gear while waiting for the ferry… On with the BIB and the chip on the shoe, run to the loo (for once no queue at the ladies…) and then 400m running back&forth rubbish warmup. Fortunately the start was delayed 5minutes to allow other runners blocked by the ferry to arrive and join the race…
Hi to Mattis and placed myself at the first row (surprisingly mostly femal runners there…for once?!)

15:10 – Start was given and got directly an elbow kick on my front arm, which will hurt throughout the race and even after:( First 100m (?) on track with lots dust and a bit of pushing before leaving the arena and arriving on the first little downhill along the sea. Not much fun to run on unstable ground, with stones and shortly after the first hilly part. Taken running…
Then reaching the street (Yeah! asphalt…) and downhill along the sea. Reaching km2 or so and the second hill (pretty easy at sight, but so early in the race it just KILLS the legs. Taken running though). Turn left and got to the street with lots of supporting people. Not feeling to fun to run, a bit too fast. Downhill light and easy after that. Following a guy since km2 and it feels good because when turning left along the sea side after 2.5km, there is a light headwind and I just hide myself RIGHT behind him. Cannot hear my breathing as I listen to music, but hope it is not too heavy and loud so the guy would continue this way.
First water station right after km3. One glass for the head and the second one, a bit unsure if I drank at all, but threw some on the legs and knees, pretty hot already. Felt nice. Then continuing the run on small stones street… Yeah…NOT! 😦 really careful not to fall there. Still side by side with the same guy. Asphalt is back and NOPE! no straight line along the harbour, but a killer of turn right and left and left again… Yoouhou! Almost 4km…Aaaaaand nooooo! the crazy-killer hill arrives. Good I knew it was there from Lennart, but seriously not expecting this steep! Run almost all the way up (or 2/3?) and then walk. I know there is still one lap to go and now I know where it is gonna be painful (OR really painful…). By the time I reach the top, there is still a little more uphill on terrain before getting the last km before the arena. Pretty steep downhill there, catching up with the guys who passed me on the way up. Noticing how much is left to run around the arena before getting to the end. Running a bit heavy along the wall, getting some cheering from Adam’s mum and into the arena and the track… Rubbish first 5km, don’t like to run on this dusty track either…and WHERE IS THE WATER?!?!? Oooohhh, ok, on the other side of the track. Same procedure: 1 glass on the head and half-one in the mouth.
Second lap is crazy slow. First km exiting the arena is possibly (?) 30 seconds slower than during the first lap…but reaching the first hill is killing me already. So either stopping or walking the last half…which I choose to do. Enjoying the run downhill and on the harbour side. No chance for a nice time on this race, so as good to stop at the maximum of kids asking for high-5! At least it gives a smile for the rest of the run! And here comes the second hill. This one I don’t even think and walk it from start to the top. Not many passing me by now. Have lost my guy in dark red singlet from the first lap, following now a topless guy with his tshirt and BIB in his hand. Seems a bit hard to run, but he has a pace I can follow… Nice street with all supporting people. By this moment my mp3 decides to die completely (apparently not being waterproof…did not really like I passed under water sprinklers and throw water on my head). Got the idea to put it in my side pocket of the shorts, but nothing is more difficult and tricky than this!!! So all ends in the sport-bra and hopping it won’t burn the skin. Downhill from km7 looks to be painful for most of the runners around me. Despite the pain, takes the 3 last Dextrosol I have, hoping it will clear my head at least, turn left to the sea side. Trying to get our GV-trainer with me until the end, but he seems a bit tired. Catching up with a few guys then and it is time for water-station again (one on the head and half-one in the mouth). This time it gives extra strength though. ONLY 3km to go. Piece of cake (under hot sun!!!) Same however when arriving along the harbour (WHY ON EARTH CAN’T WE SKIP THE TURN RIGHT/LEFT/LEFT AND JUST TAKE STRAIGHT TO THE KILLER HILL?!?!?). Crazy enough by now, have been asking two kids to join the run, forcing (?) people to clap louder because I could not hear them and of course all this with still (!!!) a smile on the face. The killer hill is definitely of its own kind: NOT A CHANCE I am running it. Walking from start this one, having 3 courageous guys passing me on the way up. By the time the hill is finished I start again and catch up with them surely less than 100m after that. Then it is just less than 1km to go, passing 4 guys on the top of the hill, 1 on the way down and 1 on the side of the arena. Just not willing to let a gal passing me…The final downhill is taken (I think) way faster than during the first lap, because not fearing to be in pain then (well, might be hurting AFTER the race, but at least the race is finished I thought!). 42:XX and I am still outside the arena… Pushing a bit extra and really thinking that they must have increased the distance outside the arena between the first lap and the second lap (yap, thanks to extra dextrosol I REALLY do think clear by now!). Final 150m on the track. No chance to get the guy ahead of me, but hearing the cheering and the speaker saying my name give an extra kick (and a bit of shouting when passing the clock under 45minutes…).

Medaille, banana, thanks from the dark red singlet first lap guy, congrats to a few runners and then heading to the water station. Talk with Mattis (42:xx), two glass of water, than Lennart (47:xx) and then pick up the bag, shower, final results and heading to restaurant for large hamburger with bacon and french fries with a coke. Happy to have been running today!

Weather-wise it showed 26-27ºC… not much wind as expected, not crazy hot neither but far from optimal… The race was far from effortless, but with all the walking it went fine. Most of the effort was not much in the running but in the convincing that it was nice to run this race under the sun and with all those hills! Definitely easier to run the last 3 marathons than this 10K race…

The great part was that there was NO pain in the knee 🙂 Not a word throughout the race, nor after. So surely fine for a training race, not in top shape, although should consider 1) stress for coming 10min before start, 2) warmup can be considered as non-existent, 3) pretty warm and not much water-station and 4) counted on my mp3 to drag me during the last 2-3km but it unfortunately died before… and by then there were nobody to pull me to the end!

Musselloppet :)

Musselloppet 🙂