Still on the move, it seems – New PB on 10k race Hälsoloppet in Alingsås

Christian Schmeikal in 10k race Hälsoloppet 2011-05-14
At the final sprint of Hälsoloppet 2011

Yesterday’s race proved to be another PB. There were not many participators, I don’t know how many, but most were quite good runners so I felt I still had to fight for a good place. The track was a 5 km that we ran twice. It was on my usual running grounds, so I was familiar with the surroundings making it easy to anticipate what strength I had to put in for the inclines.

One thing I am very proud of is that I managed to sprint during almost the whole last km. Usually I do that at the last 300 meters only, but today I when I tried to push it at the last km during a small incline I got “blooded tooth” and went for it. It felt great!

I believe the track didn’t mesure exactly 10 km, but it was close. My finish time was exactly 38 minutes and I think I was at 3rd or 4th place. I still haven’t seen any results on the Internet and I don’t know if they will come. But I am very pleased with the results. This proves that consistency means everything, and the fact that when I went for 3:45-3:50 for the last session of 5 x 2km and managed to do it without complications showed that I was ready for the pace. 🙂

To get blooded tooth (blodad tand) is by the way a Swedish expression coming from bears being herbivores, but if they once eat an other animal they might become predators from that moment on. Strange, isn’t it? In English the expression is compared to getting taste for something.

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

10k Race – Skärgårdsmilen (New PB)

Going for the finish line

Around 8-10 degrees warm, a little windy and a lot of energy in the body

Since yesterday I had been loading up with water and lots of carbohydrates. I ate a big bowl of pasta right before I went to sleep. So today I only sipped on the water and ate two pieces of bread in the morning. I was very afraid of going to the dry-retchings and I had read that it could be cured by keeping up the blood volume – so drinking a little increased amount of water for a few days before is a good thing.

I know that I go to the dry-retchings after heavy load, like after a big slope in the end of the race and I knew this race had two. It was a high bridge which I had to pass twice, but it wasn’t in the end of the race. There were also a big chance of heavy winds on that one.

But today I was lucky – no dry-retchings and no heavy winds. There were winds, but no that annoying. Only thing I did wrong was dressing myself too warm and not increasing speed enough in the end 🙂 But doesn’t it always feel like you could’ve increased once you’ve crossed the finish line?

Anyway, this was my best 10k ever! I’m very proud. I finished at 39:19 (My watch showed that, but I have to see the results later). And out of more than 150 contestors I think I finished at top 10.

I missed one lap point, but here’s the data:

Detailed Garmin data

Skärgårdsmilen – 10k race

Lap Distance Time (sec) AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR Cadence
1 0.99 3:50 3:52 66 76 90
2 1.02 4:04 3:59 175 181 91
3 1.01 4:04 4:01 180 185 92
4 0.98 3:48 3:54 181 186 92
5 2.00 7:52 3:56 184 190 93
6 1.16 4:38 3:59 186 189 93
7 0.82 3:19 4:02 186 190 93
8 0.99 3:52 3:55 187 191 93
9 1.01 3:50 3:48 189 192 94
TOTAL 10.0 0:39.19 3:56 182 192 92

And here’s some more photos from the race day 😀