Sunday, 3 June 2012

Grefsenkollen Opp (2012)

Race #14 2012 - 4.5km - 22:49 [1st time]



The Event
Last year I chose to run Norway Cross in stead of Grefsenkollen Opp. As Norway Cross now has been moved till September 8th I decided to check out the Grefsenkollen hill race for the first time. It was a nice event, well organised and even with enough toilets. The organiser had some issues with the timing system from Emit, hence the prize ceremony was delayed and many (me included) left before the ceremony started. Except for this, it was all perfect. Even the weather turned a lot better just before race start, after a grey and cold morning.

The track.

Elevation profile.


Pictures
Click the image to view a slideshow with pictures from the race.


My Race
I was less motivated for running this race than almost ever before. It was cold and drizzling when I got up. My legs were wrecked from a double session at the track the day before and I felt more like a walker from The Walking Dead than anything else.

src: twitter

Motivated and eager to race.

The start of the race I found a bit troublesome. About 500 meters after the start, at the only place where the track went downwards, it was crowded. Here I ended up running next to a guy with a pram. Mr Pram Guy pushed himself though the crowd and drove his pram straight into the leg of a runner who then almost tripped over. If that runner had been me I think I would have gotten quite pissed off. To be honest I do not see the point of bringing your pram to a race like this.

The track was nice though, and except for the part mentioned above it was wide enough all the way which made it easy to run past people (or get overtaken by others). Compared to Oslos Bratteste it was a lot easier, and there was no problem at all running all the way. Of course, asphalt do make a huge difference.

With about one km till the finish line I passed Aslak Sira Myhre. He sounded like me at the track, breathing/screaming as if he was about to die. He gave everything, no doubt about it. Well done!

I didn't "wake up" until the end, where I managed to increase the pace a bit. I finished in 22:49, and taken into consideration how tired I was I'm satisfied with the result.



links | official page | official results | garmin connect | photos on flickr | 

9 comments:

  1. Bra løpt! Var overrasket over å ikke være lenger bak deg idag. Men med de 8 timene dine på friidrettsbanen igår, skjønner jeg hvorfor.

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    1. Selv takk Rune. Du blir jo stadig i bedre form, så det er ikke bare min "oppladning" som gjør at vi løper jevt. Tror ikke det er lenge før det blir kniving igjen, som i gode gamle dager. Men det er nok siste gang jeg kjører dobbeløkt dagen før et løp. Er kjekt å føle seg litt piggere enn det jeg gjorde i dag.

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    2. Korrigering: Jeg mente "jevnt", men det er "jevt" å løpe også, for det meste.

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  2. Det hjelper jo selvfølgelig for min del at du satser så hardt på 400 m. Det gjør det en del lettere for meg å ta igjen forspranget ditt på de lange distansene. Men det er fortsatt langt igjen. Vi får se mot slutten av sesongen om jeg kan ha nærmet meg litt mer. Hovedmålet for denne sesongen blir å løpe sub 1:30 på halvmaraton barbeint.

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    1. Ja, du har et fortrinn der. Det blir veldig annerledes trening nå, og få terskeløkter. Var overrasket over at jeg klarte meg såpass bra i Göta. Når du sniker deg under 1:30 igjen (denne gangen barbeint) så tror jeg at jeg skal få problemer med å følge. Bra barfot-mål du har, med sub 1:30 på halv og sub 40 på 10km.

      Forresten: gratulerer med rekord for barfotløpere under dagens løp!

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  3. Bra jobba - og som vanlig - bra bilder! I like =)
    Det løpet der ser så jævelig vondt ut. Har lyst å testløpe trasen en gang. Sikkert helt grusomt.

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    1. Takker Espen. Fin fin trasé. Du får bli med til neste år. Et kjekt løp var det, selv om jeg var i overkant lite motivert og veldig sliten.

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  4. Tror jeg egner meg bedre som fotograf og tilskuer. Motbakke er ikke helt "my-cup-of-tea"

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    1. Du er god som fotograf og tilskuer, men din innstilling er for passiv. "It's all in your mind. Hill races are right up your alley".

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