Well, I can’t say that I’m satisfied, but that would be strange considering that I’ve run a 10k close to 38 min this year. On the other hand I can honestly say that I did my best.
It had rained the hour before start, the start was postponed over half an hour. So we stood there in the start trap getting cold and frustrated. There were something the police had to solve in a crossing somewhere along the track.
I didn’t look much at the pace on the clock, trying to make my own pace. I didn’t get much sleep last night – the children were sick and awake a lot, so I figured both that and my lack of fitness could be a reason not to push myself too hard. However, when I had run 8 km I felt that I had a lot of strength left. And even if I had a long uphill left I pushed. And at the 9 km mark I increased even a little more.
The end time I got was 40:05. But on the race homepage I noticed that my avg pace was 3:57, meaning the track must be around 10.2 km long. I should be quite happy with that, but I have hard not to think of what I need to regain. Anyway, it was a nice race with lots of onlookers and bands playing everywhere. Makes one feel really alive!
Midnattsloppet, Göteborg (Midnight run, Gothenburg) 27 August
Mark – Time – Split – Avg pace
5km – 20:21 – 20:21 – 4:05
End – 40:05 – 19:44 – 3:57
The last weeks I haven’t been too active here on the blog, to express myself mildly.. Summer holiday with the family and I’ve been trying to catch up as much as possible with them from being apart for two months. But on Monday I’m back to work and that will also mean that I will be more active here on the blog 🙂
My running the past weeks have been a little increase in distance and workload. I’ve either been running a long run, or a tempo run every week. All together is has been two long runs and two tempo runs of 3x2km. I didn’t want to work myself too hard, thus only 3x2km intervals. I’ve tried to keep them at around 4:00 pace, but it is hard even for only 3 intervals. So it’s obvious I’m not in as great shape as I was before the injury. The past three months has really made an impact on my fitness.
Well, tomorrow it’s about to get proved. I’m doing Midnattsloppet, Gothenburg. A big 10k event that starts 10 p.m. Last year I ran it on 39:56. Hopefully I will be able to beat that.. But I’m not very sure of it. I will do my best. Try to start at around 3:50 pace and get the feel for it. I don’t think I’ll be able to maintain that pace, but one never knows. Sometimes it’s all about the fight! 😉
Anyway, it will be nice to get into those racing shoes again. After this I will try to increase my workload and mileage even more. It’s time to get back. My Achilles tendon seem to be up to it. It doesn’t get worse.