29.7.2013 35.08 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
35.08 km 3:08:11 h:m:s 5:22 min/km 11.18 km/h

This is interesting. Before the run I felt a bit hungry and tired, but after the start I felt quite good after all. And I thought that I haven’t run a really long run for a while, so I thought that I would now run one. I had only a small bottle of water with me, so I thought that I really have to concentrate to run efficiently, and so I did. The whole run I focused my mind to five things:

  1. To focus my gaze ahead.
  2. To keep my shoulders down and relaxed.
  3. This was the key thing: to work with the hip to ease the work of my legs.
  4. To relax leg muscles on every step just before a next strike. This was possible because working with hip.
  5. To strike the ground from heel to toe.

All I can say is that focusing on these five things enabled me to run an easy 35 kilometers and really enjoy the run!

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22.7.2013 15.70 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
15.70 km 1:30:19 h:m:s 5:45 min/km 10.43 km/h

I didn’t sleep enough last night and I thought it would have a negative effect for today’s run. But it didn’t. And I have noticed that other times too: Random length of a sleep doesn’t really have that much effect for a running experience. Well, that’s my impression.

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19.7.2013 21.12 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.12 km 1:46:50 h:m:s 5:04 min/km 11.84 km/h

Well, this is interesting. I forgot to stretch yesterday and I thought today’s run would be a slightly unwieldy. Au contraire! This was absolutely the best run for a while. It was so, so easy to run and keep a good pace. I just run and run and I could have keep going. Although I don’t know if “unstreching” has anything to do with that.

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