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Stockholm 2014 M Day -1…

Now we start counting the hours before start… Shall we?…

Late in bed, good night sleep (a bit too much water drinking before bed made a necessary middle of the night pitstop 😦 ) Lazily turning in bed until 7:15am and time for breakfast ( oat porridge, mashed banana and dried cranberries). Hot shower for the knee (which btw feels “ok”, not “normal” but “ok”. “Ok” is good, right?). Still checking the most important in the whole large package I have : shoes and club outfit. All the rest is actually “extra” stuff 😉 Left to the train station, 17°C sun shining and I am here with my jeans and jacket…. All this because of the high risk of rain in Stockholm… Why not staying home under the sunshine? Could run the race “virtually” maybe…. Would be kinder for my knee definitely…
On the train. Chat with runner sitting beside me (2nd Stockholm marathon and planning to run it slower to enjoy the scenery. Might probably do the same I think). Few checks with HR and then it is still 3 hrs left of travel… Light rain outside. Eating regularly (half-baguette with ham, semolina-porridge with jam, water and sport drink as well). Feeling really filled with all this.
Changed train to bus due to “well-scheduled” reparations. Finally arriving in the city center and meeting J. Aiming to Italian restaurant for late lunch – 2:00pm (vegetarian pasta seemed the safest alternative…)

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Then subway to the stadium to pick up my BIB number. Meeting HR there. Drizzling outside 😦 Arriving at ÖIP together with lots of other runners, getting my envelop with number&chip and a large white plastic bag. Out in the “exhibition” which is pretty small and boring for this big city marathon. Quick hi to Anders Szalkai 🙂 and then out of the building. Quick check at my knee from HR, and off to home. Nice to take the train and reaching from city center to country/quiet place in so short time. The weather is not the most appealing, but seriously, if it is not snowing or be a tornado, I think it can be handled. If only the knee is kept in place.
Meeting my host family and changing quickly for a last easy run. Done around a very nice little lake. Quiet and peaceful and great company. The knee felt a bit from start but by km5 it is fine. A bit unsure really how it is going to react at 42.2km tomorrow… Reaching back home after 6.x km, I took a quick km planned at marathon pace. Did not work. Went way faster, without really pushing. Yeaaah, I know. Not smart at all. Form is fine,mind is fine, motivation is good… If only I could skip this little dark grey cloud from the knee, that would be great…
Shower and changing, preparing my bottles. Dinner of grilled chicken and rice. Yummy! Then tea and nice chat with my kind hostess 🙂 Yes, feeling really relaxed and peaceful. Perfect for tomorrow. Not feeling the “stress” having a race tomorrow…. which is nice to skip.
When finally checking my outfit, noticed that one of my gels has been licking in the bag…

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planned outfit

More to clean and tape. Got an extra gel from J so I can skip having a sticky one in my inside pocket…
Now everything seems ready. Just have to sleep and we will be tomorrow.
Exciting, right?!?!


A day with carb can only be a good day… (or was it “a day in the sun…”?)

Someone kindly left the city taking with him the nice temperature we had so far, leaving behind a stupid wind and a cold sun…Any chance to get our last week’s weather back?…please?…

When the alarm quietly started, the brain was not really in sync. Not understanding what was happening..Snooze. Closing the eyes. Wait a sec… Must have rang got a reason… Remember then this final quality run set for today. Crazy time to do it at 5:15am, but seriously loaded with work all day, I could not fund a better time slot…ok, there was NO other time slot. Gear on, 5°C outside meaning, shorts, calve sleeves, tshirt and arm sleeves. Even took my sunglasses… Brrrrr! Coooold… But after a few 100s m it felt ok. Decided to give it a try for this stupid knee. 10K easy pace, real ready first 3 where the knee felt a little bit. After that it must have been warm enough as it felt smoother to run. Smell of freshly baked buns when passing the bakery factory…Hmmm…hungry! Turned back after 8km…should have enjoyed them more than I did because from this moment on, it wad full headwind until the end… Quick pitstop after the 10K, light stretch and off for 5 2-minutes intervals. Time intervals are not my favourite, although I started to like those 2 or 4-minutes series. Anyway, back to the run. Strong headwind, could hold easily the pace of most the bikes 🙂 they looked like it was really painful to pedal… Completed the run with a light cooldown.
Surprisingly the left knee did not protest during the intervals…at all! I understand as well why some people run their marathon at 3:41/km…it is REALLY nice pace, indeed! Could hold it for 1,1.5 minutes and it felt really great :o)
Back home, hot treatment in the knee, and banana breakfast + juice. Yoooohoo, the carbs are back!
Then it was work, lunch in nice company (ate tandoori chicken with naan bread and completed after that with an ice cream…). Three carbo loading is definitely on! Have had extra banana during the day, dried cranberries, drank sport drink and extra water. Three sport drink is only because I need an extra bottle for my water on race day… This evening I could enjoy a pizza made by G at the pizzeria he is practising 🙂 cool! Don’t know (and don’t care) if pizza is on the list for carboloading, but I had one. Have now probably taken up the grams lost during the carb depletion 😉
Completed the day with a Thai massage and asking to have a little extra press on the left knee felt like pushing a needle (those large ones) into the knee. But later on, it felt good. Back to normal soon I hope.
Cosy evening, lots of ironing to catch up with and now time for bed. Will be nice with bank holiday tomorrow and then travel the day after…
Plans already made with J for visit to Stockholm, have to check my list and pack tomorrow. Not much, most important being the shoes 🙂  All under control!

Stockholm…3 days to go…