Race #19 2012 - 14.4km - 60:44 [PB]
This race is one of my favourite races thoughout the season. Running through the mild Norwegian summer night with loads of wonderful people, followed by a after run "party" with free waffles can't go wrong.
Note that this race is also known as "Vaffelgaloppen", and I do believe it was Mr Bengt that started using that name.
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|Far from flat, which I love due to my strong liking of running fast downhill.|
Two years ago (read my report here) Mr Leira and me ended up chasing each other, one year ago (read my report here) it was Mr Bengt and me that pushed each other around the lake. This year Bengt and I was ready for a new tough duel in the dusk. A duel we had been talking about since last year's race.
|In case you did wonder why the name "Vaffelgaloppen" is used for this race. Rolf still going strong.|
Being tired from a solid strength training session at the muscle factory, and having gotten an invitation to run intervals with Ingvill M Bovim and her team the next morning, I seriously considered taking it very slow around the lake this year. However I planned to make Mr Bengt sweat for the money and scare him from the start. Hence I started off heaps faster than I ever do in a race. The first km in the race is easy, but 3:41 is still a good opening pace. I decided to keep going to keep the pressure on Mr Bengt a bit longer and finished the second km in 4:07. There where I ran, with my camera, taking photos of surrounding runners, I realised it was not at all hard keeping that pace. Hence I decided just to keep going more or less as I started, running a lot faster than planned. I started singing on the Usain Bolt mix "When I got the energy, I get the speed, No matter who you are, no matter what you doing, You not gonna catch me, you not gonna beat me..." and saw no signs of Mr Bengt in the forest. I completed the race in 60:44, more than three minutes faster than last year.
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St. Hansgaloppen is highly recommended for everyone wanting to experience a unique and beautiful running experience. In the moment of writing, more than 24 hours since I finished the race, I'm still high on adrenaline and waffles.
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4th place in my age group and a new PB. Will sub 60 at Vaffelgaloppen become my new sub 60 goal?
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