micke-midlife on August 30th, 2009

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Although there should have been another two weeks of hard training, it’ll be only one, the one that’s gone. He, he, that’s always the better one to choose . It feels like that lighter running in the rest of the time after 7 to 8 weeks of tough training will let [...]

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micke-midlife on August 29th, 2009

In the beginning of August the Berlin Marathon starting confirmation was sent out by email. Since the SCC, the organizer, sent out earlier commercial emails, as ads for products and services sponsoring the event, the email almost was victim to a quick Shift+DEL move. Fortunately the attachement with the interesting file name 24873.pdf was [...]

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micke-midlife on August 27th, 2009

It actually was yesterday, but was almost tempted to do the same trick again. Namely to pull the “no running today” card. It’s a new element in my training. Once a week, if the weather is bad, if work’s too much, if the flesh is weak (although the mind reminds of the weekly km goal) [...]

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micke-midlife on August 24th, 2009

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micke-midlife on August 23rd, 2009

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One tough week done of the last three harder training weeks before the Berlin Marathon. 120km in 7 training sessions. The weekly training is structured in a way that repeats itself quite often in all those marathon preparation weeks. In the beginning there’s a faster interval session with runs up to 2000m. [...]

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micke-midlife on August 22nd, 2009

The Helsinki Sanomat ran yesterday an article on Alexander Stubb, Finland’s minister of foreign affairs, that he’s going to start in the Berlin Marathon in the front row next to Haile Gebreselassie. This was agreed with Haile apparently when Alexander visited Addis Abeba earlier this year. This way Finland has at least one runner in [...]

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micke-midlife on August 19th, 2009

13 degrees Celsius in the morning while on the way to work, just below 20 degrees during the day. While on the run on the standard training route some first trees had yellow leaves and then this street lamp, already lit at 6pm. Well, perhaps a tad early in the year. The nights are dark [...]

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micke-midlife on August 16th, 2009

Have some troubles to classify the race result, 36:08 min on a hilly course,
finished as 54th or so. Although it rained, the event was great otherwise, samba
and techno vibes at the start, over 20.000 people all in green midnightsloppet
shirts, nice late summer evening temperatures.
There are several extraordinary things with starting in start group 1A, right [...]

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micke-midlife on August 15th, 2009

It’s 19:40, just above two hours to go to the start of this year’s midnight run on Södermalm in Stockholm. Friends are met, all pasta is eaten, presents for the loved ones at home are bought. There’s an awful wide variety on Knäckebröd (crisp bread) in the shops here. The football game is over. Hammarby [...]

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micke-midlife on August 12th, 2009

It’s happening on Stockholm’s Södermalm (southside) on this weekend and it’s gonna be big. According to the run’s official website around 21.500 runners are at the starting line. The race starts traditionally at 10pm to Brazil Samba rythms and a lot of spectators along the way. The place to be, the place for a new [...]

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