True forethought only arises when a man does something towards which no impulse urges him, because his reason tells him that he will profit by it at some future date.Bertrand Russell
Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.Neil Gaiman, “Ocean at the end of the lane”
Last year me and the fabulous miss T was forced to abandon Hoiganvaggi thanks to massive amounts on H2O in the form snow, mist, clouds, and water. When it turned out that this years planned Kungsleden hike was canceled, I quickly decided to give it another go. Hoiganvaggi, I’ll get you yet! Continue reading
Week 31 I was up in the mountains and hiked some 60 kilometers with a full pack. So not completely wasted, but that will be another post.
Starting up week 32 was hard and the first 6.5 km on Tuesday was one of those “I’ll take a relaxed 13″ only to be cut short on shot legs. So that should tell me that how you taper is important, you can’t just stop running for a week and think that your legs will be fine on competition day. Instead I added a 7.8 km back-to-back, and ‘lo and behold, the legs worked the second day. Still a bit stiff, but not too much. My stint in the woods ended with a truly lovely 13 km Friday with sunshine, birds and popping legs. Nice!
Come Sunday it was time for another long run. I split it in 11 + 9.5 km, the first leg in the local woods, with a lot of climbing using my Trail Gloves, and the second leg on a flat but hard route, using the Bare Access. Starting with a rather tough 11 was a tactical mistake as my legs where really tired the next 10, but good training.
Switching from Trail Gloves to Bare Access was interesting. It really felt like I lost my gait, I felt clumsy and stiff. Next I need to take the Trail Gloves for a long run by themselves to see if I think my feet will accept 20+ in them, because although the Bare Accesses are really comfortable, it felt like I lost half of my technique on the switch. Hm…
In total this was a 48 km week. Not bad!
Oh and BTW: I realized how much timing myself all the time impacts my running, so from this point on I’ll log everything with dummy times, but more on that next installment.
I am terrified by the eternal silence of these infinite spaces.B. Pascal
Last week before I head up to the mountains and time to properly breach 40k.
23/7 9.5km: A fairly fast ten breaking below a 5 min pace for the first time on a long while. Funny thing is, I didn’t intend to, my goal was to start a little bit slower that I usually do and then speed up later. Also I ran the circuit the counter clockwise which turned out to be a lot easier! No huge climb at kilometer 8 to fight with.
25/7 11km: They say hill training is a key element to prepare for Lidingöloppet. So, I took my local eleven and decided to run all climbs pretty much flat out. And… by damn, that was hard! But in a good way.
27/7 19km (14 + 5): Let’s see how slow I can go. And the answer seems to be: pretty slow actually. A nice long run. I was being slightly hung-over, tired and not in perfect shape after the hard Thursday. So considering the circumstances it went well. It was hot though. And I extremely tired afterwards.
28/7 5km: Traditional Sunday VFF rolling about. Feet where pretty dead after the day before.
Total: 44.5km. Yup, that’s according to plan. The 19k was harder than I thought, not to actually run, which was pretty easy considering me being hung-over and sleep-deprived, but afterwards. Somewhat lacking in fueling perhaps. Also, it was hard on the feet. I will have to train them a bit more next month.
But all in all a lovely week!
Mistakes are not just opportunities for learning; they are, in an important sense, the only opportunity for learning or making something truly new.Daniel C. Dennett