Another race success, though not as big as I had hoped

Race profile Lerumsloppet 2011
Race profile Lerumsloppet 2011

It was great climate for running. Almost no wind at all and around 16-20 degrees warm. The sun was up and showing. The first two km’s were difficult. At the start line they didn’t have signs or anything to go after to place yourself after assumed finish-time. So lots of people were in the way during the first 2k. The track was narrow at many places too, so I was caught in a brake-accelerate situation to keep up the average pace. On top of that I had to zig zag. You all know how that is. Very energy consuming.

Christian Schmeikal running Lerumsloppet 2011
During the last 300 meters

I believe I did all I could. However my estimate of possible pace during the very long inclines was very wrong. It didn’t take long until the pace was much slower than expected. At the time of the last 3 km I started growing very numb. I went in at 33 place of 482 male participators and my finish time was 39:11 – A new PB again. But I had hoped for more. Still I’m quite satisfied because this race was much tougher than the last one. Lots of slopes and high inclines. Very energy consuming.

In two weeks I have Hälsoloppet – a 10 km race in Alingsås, where I live. I hope that will be a little easier track so I can finish with a great time in my own home town. That might also be my last race before I go to China 7th June. Then I start with a build up to recover for the last races of the year in August to October.

Results of Lerumsloppet 2011

Lerumsloppet 2011 – 10k race

Lap Time (sec) Cadence
1 3:53 91
2 3:49 92
3 3:50 93
4 3:51 92
5 4:17 93
6 3:57 93
7 3:57 92
8 3:50 92
9 3:59 92
10 3:50 93
TOTAL 0:39.11 92

When everything feels right

The last week have been great. Sunny weather and dry surfaces and last but not least – the possibility to undress some and get rid of the last layer of winter clothing. I’ve switched to my Adidas Attune ClimaCool training shoes and changed to short tights and sleeveless shirts. Very relieving!

Today’s session was all about wanting and getting. I decided to go for Coach’s lead to drop 5 secs on the tempo sessions. Today it was the 1k’s which I then tried to run at 3:40 to 3:45. It didn’t feel like I had to push myself too much at any point during the sessions. I guess both my body and brain were ready for the change – even welcomed it 🙂

I asked Coach today about Aerobic runs, which I currently don’t have in my program. He told me it was not necessary now, but when I get down to under 35 min in 10k we would implement them. I replied that would probably be 2-3 years in the future. Amazingly he then wrote it could happen in the end of the year! He really puts a lot of faith in my ability to improve – I like that!! 😀

At Saturday I have the 10k race Lerumsloppet, which I am very excited about. It’s a little different, with a big upward slope in the middle of the race, covering a whole km. I hope I can achieve something there 😉

Race profile - Lerumsloppet (Height over sea in meters)

Day 8, sub 40 program5th round
start with 6x1k R60 3min 40 to 3min45

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR HR After 60 sec rest
1 1.0 3:40 3:39
2 1.0 3:41 3:41 107
3 0.99 3:38 3:41 164 180 121
4 1.0 3:41 3:42 169 182 122
5 0.99 3:40 3:43 172 184 129
6 0.98 3:32 3:36 175 185 126