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måndag 28 februari 2011
Yours Truly 50K 2011
We’recalledthe ”slowrunners”, me and mymates in Team Fakta. Thisdoesn’t meanweareparticularlyslowbutwhenwe pass by fast foodrestaurantsorcoffeeshopswithcreamypastrieswefindgreatdifficulties in not stoppingtorefuel.
So itwastoday. I set offearly in themorning, 7:45 am, from myhousetodotheYoursTrulyFun Run competition. I’ve pre-arrangedto run into Stockholm City and meetupwithfriendsthereto get somenicecompanyalongthe planned track.
Wehaveexperiencedseverecoldthiswinter.Temperaturesdownto -25 C butthismorningitwas just -5 C and overcast, actuallyfairlygoodconditions for running.
Myfirststretchwent from thesuburbwhere I livethroughresidentialareas, a small forest and throughtheoutskirtsof Stockholm predominated by industrycomplexes and highways.Hencemore transport thanjoy.
Itwas a 18.6 km run intotown and I arrivedatthe Slussen McDonaldswellbefore 10:00 am. I hadannouncedthis as theplacetomeetupbeforeleavingat 10:30- I hadgoodtimetosampletheircinnamonrolls and freshlybrewedcoffee.
Bertil wastherealready and Magdalena and Peter came in as well.Wetookoff for theroute I had planned for us.There is onenicethingwithrunning in Stockholm city. As thedowntown is builtonislandswithbridgesbetweenthemyoucanactuallydosomequitespectacularruns by keepingclosetothewater.It’s lakeononeside and seaontheother.
Westartedwithcircletheislandsof Långholmen and Reimersholme, thencrossedthe bridge tothesouthsideofÅstaviken (Årstabay). From theretothefashionable Hammarby Sjöstad wherewestopped by atthe Max Hamburgerrestaurant. I foundnoproblemstodown a full mealwith extra ofeverything.
Thenwewere met by Emma whofollowedusto run onintothevery city centrepassing by thefamousbuildingsof Stockholm like theRoyalCastle, theParliament and the City Hall known from the Nobel Priceceremony.
Weaimedtocircletheisland Kungsholmen. Theeasternstretch is verypopularamongstweekendwalkers. As wehadsomesnowfallduringtheweektherewasnow a hardicygroundcoveredwithloosesnowmassagedto a 2 inchthicklayerthatremindedmeofrunning in the fine white sand youfindonthe best tropicalbeaches.Thatreallytookmostofthestrengthoutofme.
Wemadeittothe final destination, the “Chic” coffeeshopfamous for itspastries, includingtheseasonal “semla” thathadbeen in mymind all thetimesince I tookoff from homeearly in themorning.
I hadactually planned todo an extra turn in caseneededto make sure I madethe 50 K beforeenteringthedoorsto Chic’s konditoributnowwhenmyGarminsaid I hadanother 1.3 km togomy (in)famousultra-mindstartedtoarguewithmeto save thatdistance till afterthebreak. I knew I anywayhadapproxthatdistancetothe station from where a trainwouldtakemehome, so I waseasilyconvinced. I stopped for thecoffee and “semla” and I reallyenjoyedit.
So, thatexplainsthelongtimespentonthis 50K run. Maybe not the best attitudetowards a competitionbutyetanotherjoyful ultra-run.