I am kind of up and running again. It feels like I have barley been running since Stockholm marathon but when I looked into my June statistics I have been running 16 times this far. I hardly believe it because first my foot was a pain in the ass, then I lost my knee thing, then my foot started to be a disaster again and again and again but now I am crossing my fingers that this is the end of small but annoying runninglimits. Right now I am in a running period and would love to run every day so of course I was out for a 10K tour also tonight. The run was just a basic one at my route 1A at Kungsholmen while I was waiting for my laundry. Tomorrow I am counting on beeing back at the Runday training.

/ Pernilla the comeback runner

Summerboost at Brunnsviken

On Monday my poor little foot was feeling so bad that I could not even walk on it for 3,5 kilometers to work so I had to bike there. On Tuesday it felt better but of course not perfect, yesterday it felt even better until I kicked my soccer ball and after that I have felt my foot for the whole long day today but since I really badly both needed and wanted to run tonight I decided to give it a try and if it was hurting I would stop. The good news was that it was not hurting at all when I ran though the East side of Brunnsviken. It was a fantastic pre-midsummer evening in Stockholm. I thought a lot about the unsecure future and I did to the tones of some great house music made up a scenario plan so now I am going to put the work drama to the archive, think about funnier things and continue my life philosophy that always make the best possible out of everything although it does not have to be perfect.

ImageImage/ Pernilla the runaholic

Alpine running

I have had a really fab day in Lichtensteins mountains doing trailrunning at 1400 meters height. This is my second alpine race and if I would pick one running race a year I would choose one down here. My day started just before seven when I woke up and then took the local bus to the start which was much closer than I thought.

ImageFor a change I had lots of time before the race and people here are so openminded so here they do not think you are crazy when chatting to unknown people. I met an american girl in my age and we had breakfast together and talked about what was supposed to come. 800 runners were on todays linup for either the halfmarathon plus (26K) or the full marathon at LGT Alpine marathon and at 9 am we took off.

ImageThe first 10K was a piece of cake. A nearly 100% flat course alongside a river but I knew it was going to be tough so I had a comfortable start and finished part one of the race in about 53 minutes. At this point we had reached the city center of Vaduz and here the though 10K would start. 

ImageLike the other non professional runners I had no plan what so ever to run the next 10K and instaed I planned a hike. And I got a hike. 10K and over 1000 meters of climbing at trails and alp streets was not runnable for the majority of participants but that does not mean it was easy. It was over 15% inclination at many places so when the water stops came they were more than welcomed. And the organge stop. Wow, I love orange but today it was the best food on the planet. It was so beautiful and I had my phone with me so I stopped for picture taking a lot of times. The hiking part was fantastic!

ImageAfter 20K was done it was payback time so now we had to run down to a super cute village on the other side of the mountain. The views were stunning also on this side with small alp lodges, snow covered mountains, summer flowers, cows, mountain goats and lakes with turquoise water. I had a really great day and I will for sure try to keep the tradition of doing alpine runs every summer.

/ Pernilla in the alps

Up and running

Yes! I was running today. A tough run in Hagaparken at our afterworkout with Runday. It was intervals on the agenda and on the first one I realized that 45 seconds is a long time. At least sometimes. 45s*4, 30s*6, 15s*6 and 20s*8 was what we got and after that I was tired and happy that my foot was runnable again. Yes!

ImageAnd this is how I felt when I came home, mushed up but in a good way. Now I deserve a good night of sleep to prepare for a fab Wednesday.

/ Pernilla in training mode

Finisher of STHLM marathon 2014

ImageI made it! 42 195 meters of Stockholm marathon (according to my sportswatch 43 556 meters after a lot of slalom running). The marathon passed by quite smoothly today until kilometer 33 when my fot wanted to stop. I never felt really tired, having paining legs or so but it is most likley the result of that I walked quite a lot after 33 kilometers since my foot was not collaborating. Overall I am quite happy with my result of 4:23:?? minutes. A longer race report will come tomorrow at utochspring.com .

/ Pernilla the STHLM marathon finisher

STHLM marathon pre-race thoughts

comes right here, right now in a printed form from me wearing my most comfortable but unglamourous pyjamas. After 11,5 hours of nonstop sleeping I can’t say that I am tired. I am in the process of waking up now having a slow and easy morning when I have been reading a bit in a new book watching Nyhetsmorgon, done some stretching at my yoga math, surfed the internet a bit and now I am going to eat a big and nice breakfast with coffee, blueberry yoggi and pecan & maple crunchy, one Polarbröd with butter and ham and some strawberries.

ImageThen I am going to take the toughest decision of the day and that is related to my clothing. I know I will wear my Adidas Adios Boost shoes but what else? long pants, shorts, t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, short socks, compression socks or maybe a onepiece? And my hear, how should I style that to minimize the pain of brushing it all out after the run? Braids, one ponny tail or cut it all of?

ImageMy thoughts about the 42K run in Stockholm then, well, I am actually not thinking so much. I know exactly how the route goes, know where the tougher parts are (Söder Mälarstrand) and I know that I am capable to run the distance if I want to. But I also know it is not done without effort from my side, I know it will hurt at some points and I know it feels increddible good when you pass the 40K limit and know you only have 2 kilometers left and at that point you are so crazy happy that you almost finished it all, you forget all the pain from the last hour, just wanna cry and you get some power that you thought you never had and suddenly you are over the finishline beeing so happy that you forget you are tired! I really hope I can finish run the marathon distance for the 11th time in my life today but a marathon is a long distance that I have respect for, a lot can happen and although I right now feel like I can do it you never know!

/ Pernilla in marathonrunning mode

Feeling fast


ImageWhen I was sitting at the office this afternoon I felt quite fast and for a while I thought about making a late registration to Vårruset to see if I could run the 5K track in less than 22 minutes but I did not. Instaed I took my beloved Adidas Adios boost shoes out for a fast run around Kungsholmen. The air was fresh and it was great running conditions. I started my sportswatch but I did not looked at it before in the end when I decided to make the last kilometer to an all in one so when I came to the ninth beep I ran like there was a dog chasing me. I ran, ran, ran and ran and I was fast today. The last kilometer took 4 minutes and 21 seconds and all other ones were around 5 min/km.

I also made a running decision about Stockholm marathon today and I will not run the whole one because I am quite tired of Stockholm at the moment after beeing here for two whole weeks so I will be bored during the 42K. But if somone has a startplace to I am willing to adopt it and use it for a long distance run. And as a replacement for Stockholm marathon I have another race that I plan to run in June – LGT Alpin halfmarathon PLUS, much much funnier and actually marathons like Stockholm marathon feels pretty outdated in 2014. Now biking or trail is the shit! Or SUP!

/ Pernilla in runmode