Sunday, 25 March 2012

Fredrikstadløpet (2012)

Race #1 2012 - 21.1 km - 1:32:29


21.1 km to go run - photo by Randi Helen Gran


What a day

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Yes, what a perfect day it was!
This was the day for many, having hibernated in the "Tunnel of Sweat" during winter, to come out and see the sun for the first time. At least it could seem like it, with so many happy runners with huge smiles on their faces. A beautiful "summer" day, not a cloud in the sky, great temperature for both running and chilling in the sun. And least but not last, a wonderful atmosphere. This was it, the 2012 season has started!


The event
It was my first time at Fredrikstadløpet. Never before I've started the racing season this early. Overall the race was a good one. It was great doing four rounds of about 5km (+/- some meters). Nice since you got used to the track through the city centre of Fredrikstad. And also positive for the runners seeing people almost everywhere along the track, and the audience seeing their favourite runner four times during the distance. A race like this is easier to organise as well, as you only do need one drink station and less people on duty for managing traffic and runners. I almost did crash with a woman, as she didn't look around when crossing the track. I had no other problems like that during the race though.

Some examples of kilometres that clearly was positioned wrongly.
One issue I did find annoying was the placement of the kilometre signs. They were not positioned correctly. I did manual lapping and the first kilometre was way too long. I was pretty sure I had a good opening pace, but when I lapped and did get 4:36 I started to worry. Personally I do think that the organisers are better off without using signs every kilometre if they can't put them in the exact right spot. Or maybe I have to learn running more on my body than on my watch. The latter might be a good idea.


I got 21.31 km as a total distance, same did other runners I spoke with. The GPS is never 100% accurate, and the organisers did state that the distance had checked and verified. Compared to some other half marathons I've tracked on my watch 21.31 km do seem like a sound result. Hence I do believe we actually did run 21.1 km. Below are a comparison of different half marathons I tracked with my Garmin 310XT last year. They do vary from 20.68 km (seems like this one was too short) to 21.33 km (Norwegian Championship in half marathon, hence I do believe that distance here was correct). Whether the GPS tracks a too short or too long distance do of course depend on the track. Track-wise Drammen was quite similar to Fredrikstad, and the distances measured by Garmin here were almost the same.

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A nice shiny toilet, me like!

One thing I almost always complaint about is the lack of toilets in events like this. Here the organisers had made a deal with the local movie theatre, so we used their toilets. I only did find two toilets, but there might have been more as I didn't have to queue up for more than about five minutes to get a seat for the "pre race dump ritual".


The track
The track as it was recorded on my GPS. And no, I did not take a short-cut as it might look like at the top of the map. During our first round all runners did run straight. Hence the first round was a bit shorter than the next three.



Elevation


My race

I felt SB was within reach and had to smile - photo by Randi Helen Gran

Before the race I planned to try to start in a 4:20 pace and my goal was to try to finish in about 1:32. However due to misplaces signs I had no idea what pace I did keep. My only valid reference was each time I did pass the start, as we did the same round four times. The first time I did pass in exactly 23 minutes, which I thought was an exact pace for 1:32. After the race I did realise the first round was shorter though. The second round I did pass in 46 something. Then I did pass in 1:09 something. In the end my official time became 1:32:29. I did end up running on my own for a while, and some parts along the quay were a bit windy. I neither did have the extra gear today though. The capacity to push myself was none-existing. Hence I kept a more even pace, and did not manage to increase the last kilometres as I'm used to on really good days. Overall I'm satisfied with my result this time of the year. Guess what? It was a season's best as well, yay!


I had no problems with "gas under pressure" nor did experience any "cable issues" (read the "Thursday" section in this post for more info about that) during the race. However I do believe I felt what is described as "runners knee". Around 8-9 kilometres I suddenly felt a severe pain on the outside of my right knee. It was as if I was stabbed with a knife and it was almost impossible to run. Luckily the pain quickly did let go. I was afraid of getting it back. If I had there would have been no way for me to complete the race. Luckily it stayed calm and I managed to complete without this being a big problem. I can't even use it as a valid excuse for not running faster. After the race it was painful walking down stairs though. I've struggled with this issue earlier so I know I do need to do some stretching. Hopefully it'll go away soon.


More pictures
Below are just a few pictures. Note that a complete set of all my pictures from the event can be viewed on Flickr.com.

Race brekkie, pancakes with chocolate sauce. Yummy!

It's "never" too late to join a race
Trond Hansen, ready for another fast 1/2 marathon
One happy crew

First some stretching, a tad later a new PB was a fact

The true barefoot runner, Mr RKM. Today's result was a PB

Stian celebrating his PB

I managed to convince Vemund to celebrate his PB as well

One very happy and very fast family in the colours of SK Vidar

Another happy couple, Tim and Silja

I could have won my age group if I had skipped the last round

The final metres - photo by Turid Grøtli Aalholm



Even more
For more of my pictures do check Flickr.com.
Full overview of my data can be viewed at Garmin Connect.
Official home page for the race is located at idrett.speaker.no.
Check this page for official results.
For more text and pictures check out kondis.no.

8 comments:

  1. Bra racerapport! Bra tid! Flott at du fant et fresht toalett også.
    Håper vi sees i morgen på fellestreninga?

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  2. Takker Espen. Toalettet var helt suverent. Noe annet enn "Port-a-loo" doene. I morgen dropper jeg fellestrening. Lar beina hvile og kjører muscle-ups i stedet tror jeg ((:

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  3. Grattis med sesongbeste! ;o) Det ser ut som Stian har avgitt urinprøve. :oP

    Den kniven din i kneet høres ut som mitt kne. Jeg hadde det jo på forhånd, men tenkte at hvis jeg holdt meg til å gå sidelengs i trapper og bakker, så skulle det gå greit.
    Stort sett gikk det jo greit, men det var den kniven du nevner som kom brått og forsvant igjen, mens kneet føltes løst, ømt og slerkete mellom knivstikkene. En bitteliten vridning i feil retning og kniven var tilbake igjen.
    Men min vondt sitter rett under kneskåla, i det søkket inn på innsiden, altså mot det motsatte beinet. Tror kanskje ikke det er Runner's knee for min del, men.

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  4. Hehe, urinprøve. Den tenkte jeg ikke på. Kanskje han måtte avlegge ja, siden han perset med så mye.

    Høres skikkelig kjipt ut med kneet ditt. Det er nok ikke Runner's Knee det der. Høres i hvertfall ikke slik ut. Hadde jeg vært deg hadde jeg fått sjekket det opp innen neste halvmara. Nok en gang gratulerer med SB!

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  5. Hehe, tror kanskje en urinprøve var på sin plass.

    Jeg har hatt det flere ganger før, helt siden jeg var gravid siste gang og var rett og slett for tung. Etter at jeg begynte å trene og løpe har det blitt mye bedre, så lenge jeg unngår knebøy, utfall og sykling på tunge gir (og tydeligvis staking med bøyde knær på ski), så er det helt fint. :o)
    Er nok en blanding av for mye belastning, litt for mye vekt og for svake muskler og ledd. Det knaker og potetmelknirker, så det er vel en irritert sene eller noe. Men tror kanskje jeg skal kun løpe korte turer på flatt underlag til det er helt borte. Da kan jeg kanskje være med i Holmestrand. :o)

    Og takk! Det var virkelig litt av en SB. Herfra kan det bare gå oppover!

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  6. Potetmelfølelse høres ut som betennelse. Uten at jeg er i nærheten av noen spesialist på området så kan det hende løping i variert terreng er bra også? Innbiller meg at ujevnt underlag er bedre for kroppen en helt flatt. Men hadde jeg vært deg hadde jeg tatt turen til en fysioterapeut.

    En SB er en SB, og dem kan det bli flere av!

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  7. Ja, ujevnt er nok bedre. Jeg tenkte å løpe i skogen på skogsvei, unngå Ryggejoggen som er mer kupert da det var det som irriterte kneet mitt igjen før det var ordentlig helet etter Inga-Låmi. Får prøve meg litt fram. :o)

    Satser på ny SB neste gang!

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  8. Du får ha god bedring. Håper kneet blir bra snart. Og jakten på nye PB'er er moro. Best å starte med en litt svak tid, og så kun plukke noen få sekunder hver gang. Da blir det mye å feire utover!

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