Race #18 2013 - 14.5km - 1:04:52 - Friday 21st of June
First of all I have to say that I love Vaffelgaloppen!
I had "a camera free day", but I borrowed Mr Ringom's camera to redo my highlight photo from last year, with Rolf in the lead role. A picture that says it all, if you ask me.
|This picture says it all. Rolf Nielsen enjoying one of several waffles after the 14.5 awesome race.|
Let's start with one request. I wish the organisers would move the race start back to 10 pm. In the very beginning the race started at 1 am, then the start was moved to 11 pm, then the start was moved to 10 pm and this year the start was at 9 pm. I loved running through the summer nigh. Now you're running in the evening, which is not equally special. So please Sørbråten Il, let the race start at 10 pm.
|It was a wet evening in Maridalen.|
I showed up late at Maridalen Skole tonight, and several people thought I had bailed out due to the rain pouring down. But seriously, I postponed my vacation to Chamonix so that I could do this race, I would never miss it due to bad weather. The reason why I was late was that I spent 2.5 hours at the muscle factory. A long session to make me extra hungry so that I could eat more waffles. I am ashamed to admit I ate no more than two waffle plates. There was even casserole for free this evening, which I didn't touch. In the time of writing, 2 am at night, I regret, as I'm bloody hungry again.
Together with Mr Bengt aka. CB-Kroa I lined up at the very front of the start group. Practically on the yellow line, in front of several runners that are way way way above my level. When the shotgun fired (yes, a proper shotgun is used) I sprinted as if I was doing a 400m race with Mr Pain yelling at me, instead of a 14.5 km race. Even though I kept a sub 3 minutes pr kilometer I was amazed that several of the boys actually followed me, more or less. It was a very stupid start, especially since I had not warmed up, except of lifting weights earlier in the evening. However I did it just for the photographer. So that I can show my future dates the photo and brag about what a great runner I am. You never have to tell the entire story, I've learnt that by now.
|In the lead. Mr Pain would have been proud. Just too bad everyone in this photo passed me seconds later (photo: Heming Leira / Kondis).|
It didn't take long before I regretted like hell that I sprinted the first hundred meters. My legs got full of lactic acid and I did get a stitch as well. Since I was in the lead quite a lot of people ran past me, actually it felt like most people passed me. I bet they all thought I was a fool, but then again, they were right. Tim ran past me as well. However he, as during Råskinnet, actually did sing a beautiful song for me. Unfortunately this now seems to have come to an end. The reason you will be served further down.
The longer I ran the better I felt though. The lactic was leaving my body, or maybe it was just Tim's song that gave me extra power. After about 4-5 kilometers I started passing some of those who earlier had passed me. Especially going downhill went fast, the Hoka One One did their job and my legs did not get tired from heavy impacts. I passed Tim just after "Brekkekrysset", and further down the short asphalt part of the track I saw the back of CB-Kroa.
As I approached Bengt, while passing more runners, I remembered a quote that Mr RG once told me. So that's why, when passing Bengt aka. CB-Kroa in great speed, I yelled "Nå går toget!" ("The train leaves now!"). And the train did leave, but unfortunately for me it was the wrong train. It was Bengt that increased the pace as soon we started running uphill again, he passed me for the last time, and that was the end to that story. A man needs to chose his words wisely, or know his limitations. Another lesson learnt.
I realised that Tim had started chasing me, and thought of what he told me last year, in the comment field here: "Neste år kommer du til å ta meg....Jeg vet jeg kommer til å grine den dagen det skjer. men jeg skal ta det som en mann (tror jeg)....". Tim is a very nice guy, but despite of that, having sung several songs for me and cheered at me during several races I wanted to see him cry. Sorry, I can't be nice all the time. Hence I focused on increasing the pace and keeping Tim behind me. Even though he came very close at one part I did manage to pass the finish line first. So that is why there will be no more songs for me. From now on it is dead serious in between The President and myself. Was it worth it? But of course!
I'm quite satisfied with the time, as I've not done that much running during the last months and this is being my longest run post my tibia injury this winter. Back in 2010 I did this race in 1:07:03, side by side with Mr Leira. In 2011 I did the race in 1:03:55. Last year, in 2012 I did the race in 1:00:44, and I will not be very surprised I that will stay put as my personal best. This year my time became 1:04:52. My second slowest time, but also my third fastest time, and a season's best. It's all about looking at things from the right angle.
For the first time we have a 5 out of 5 race. Congratulations to St. Hansgaloppen aka. Vaffelgaloppen and Sørbråten Il. This race is perfect.
Atmosphere : 5/5
+ Marvelous, just marvelous.
- But slightly less magical due to start at 9 pm instead of 10 pm.
Toilets : 5/5
+ No queues, even minutes before the start.
Value for money : 5/5
+ 200 kr for race entry fee.
+ Free waffles, free waffles, free waffles.
+ Casserole (special this year).
+ Race tee (special this year).
Organising : 5/5
+ Brilliantly done.
Race Timing : 5/5
+ Results on the wall not long after race finish.
/ Not sure about when the results were online.
Track : 5/5
+ Wonderful and fun track.
+ KM signs every KM.
+ Two drinking stations.
+ Mainly gravel, some track, some asphalt.
OVERALL : 5.0 / 5
|The anniversary tee (src: morphogenetically).|
|The medal (src: morphogenetically).|
|Waffle knee (src: morphogenetically).|
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