30 for 30

I have decided to do the big Lidingöloppet next year. It is 30km the course is really tough, most that have done it say it is harder than a full marathon because of ten (?!) killer hills, the most famous being Abborrbacken, which comes a few km before the finnish line. At the top of the hill a gospel choir is singing and when on top of the hill you are said to believe in miracles, but then the next hill Karin-hill shows up and you doubt there is a god at all.uF

So despite barely being fable to walk today, hardly getting any sleep from thigh cramps and “piris” killing me most of the night, and that just after 15k, I have come to the natural conclusion:
I am running therpe 30k next year again for the Swedish Down Syndrome Assosiation, and I am going to attempt my very best to raise 30,000kr for the Down Syndrome assosiation (Svenska Downföreningen) along the way! I need help with a button, but this is my resolution. Public on the internet for everyone who wants to see (and please help)!

So 30k for 30k starting right now!

Summer

I have the day off. The kids are in school/ day care. I dropped them off and then met friend J for a run around the lakes. One hour of running the terrain trails through the woods and around two lakes on the mountain we live by. Talking and laughing while running hills and pushing through. The reward afterwards is jumping in the lake. A morning that brings so much energy, life is beautiful.

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Göteborgsvarvet 2013

A week after Vincents birthday I ran Göteborgsvarvet for the second year in a row. This was actually my first race I have done twice. The race is the world’s largest half marathon with over 60,000 starters.
Last year it was cloudy and 8c. This year it was clear blue skies, sunny and hot. I started around 2 pm and by then the temp was +24c in the shadow. The start was really crowded, and it took almost 5k to be able to run my pace. At the highest point of the race, on top of a highway bridge, thunder and lightining started along with strong winds, rain and hail. It was nice to cool down a bit, but the sun was back soon, making the rest of the run sauna-like as the steam was coming of the streets. Drinking every 2k and pouring a cup of cold water on my head kept me hydrated and not over-heated. Runners were fainting all along due to the heat.
I finnished a little over 4 min faster in my official time of 1.57.13 and I am very pleased with that. My garmin told me I actually ran 22.1km as I zig zagged alot to pass many in the beginning, so unoficially I broke my PR of 1.56.12 (which is from a very flat half, this is a rather hilly run). And of course I already signed up for 2014s Göteborgsvarv.

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At 17k

Skärgårdsmilen

I signed up for Skärgårdsmilen 10k a while back, not knowing much about it. The start was on Hönö, an island you can reach by ferry in the northern part of the Göteborg coast.
The weather was perfect, and I do believe this must be one of the most beautiful races in the world! It was well organized (from parking, to changing rooms, bag drop offs etc). Not a cloud in the sky, just perfect blue spring sky and the sun shining bright and clear. 10c by the start was warmer than my mid-may race last year;)
I finnished in 52.10 and was ok with that, still having a goal of sub-50 for a 10k.

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On the ferry

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The view from the start

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Waiting for the start

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Beautiful! Crossing this bridge was eating energy, we crossed it twice.

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I love the Swedish west coast!

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Water and bananas after finnishing.

Gamla Göteborgsvarvet

Last Saturday there was a paced training half marathon. The route was the original Göteborgsvarvet as it was the first year it was run in 1980. Back then a few hundred ran, now Göteborgsvarvet is the largest half marathon in the world. This year over 70,000 people will run the weekend of May 18.
So, last Saturday was paced at 6.30min per km. About 600 showed up to run the half at 8am. The weather was no fun with fog and light rain and 1c. But the race itself was SO much fun. I ran with a running friend and we talked the whole way around and laughed and had fun. The km just went by and when we were at 18km, we just could not believe how fast the timehad gone by. Next thing we were at 21k, grabbed some chocolate and water and headed for sauna, cold swim and hot tub. By 11.30 am we were heading back home ready to start the rest of the day!

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Breakfast, coffee and magnesium

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About to cross Älvsborgsbron.

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Happy faces:)

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Fun part: running a half marathon partly through a mall (Nordstan)

Best Dressed 2013

Best outfit ever, my onepiece, after a long day with many meetings and an evening 10k run in 0c and snowfall.

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(Ha! Alexandra!)

Snow Run

Second snow run of the year. -8c, snowfall and strong winds from the north. Going inside afterwards was the best part. Hint,hint Mr B, I need some ice bugs running shoes…

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