14.3.2012 21.39 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.39 km 2:37:14 h:m:s 7:21 min/km 8.16 km/h

Monday’s run was easy for muscles, but otherwise a bit demanding. Tuesday’s run was at the end a bit tough for muscles, but otherwise light. I was prepared to have Today a tough run for muscles, but eventually it was very much similar to yesterday’s run aka OK.

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Pros:
  • Sunny.
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12.3.2012 21.76 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.76 km 2:37:41 h:m:s 7:15 min/km 8.28 km/h

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Pros:
  • Sunny.
Cons:
  • Wet, slushy, slippery, and uneven trails.
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29.2.2012 21.45 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.45 km 2:29:52 h:m:s 6:59 min/km 8.59 km/h

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Pros:
  • Snowy trails in a forest kilometer after kilometer. Nice.
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24.2.2012 21.77 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.77 km 2:32:19 h:m:s 7:00 min/km 8.57 km/h

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Observations:
  • Running in a forest covered with 40 centimeters of frozen snow is super heavy.
Pros:
  • I found a great new trail!
Cons:
  • Fieldways and trails in a forest were covered with heavy and hard snow.
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21.2.2012 21.10 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.10 km 2:20:13 h:m:s 6:39 min/km 9.03 km/h

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  • Running in a forest covered with 40 centimeters of snow is heavy.
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17.2.2012 21.11 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.11 km 2:27:12 h:m:s 6:58 min/km 8.60 km/h

This 21.1 kilometers was harder than 21.1. kilometers last time, but not as hard as 30 kilometers a week ago. But anyway, there was so much snow that this was a really tough one.

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Observations:
  • I tried to figure out how to run in a deep snow. Well, I didn't figure out anything else than just push on. It's tough anyway. Longer step helps to go faster, but it consumes energy faster.
Pros:
  • 10 to 30 centimeters snow, fun.
Cons:
  • 10 to 30 centimeters snow, tough.
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7.2.2012 21.11 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.11 km 2:16:11 h:m:s 6:27 min/km 9.30 km/h

This must have been the toughest 21 kilometers I have run. It felt pretty much like 30 kilometers, because majority of the route was trails in a snowy forest. But anyway, what a nice run!

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Pros:
  • Very nice scenery in a snowy forest.
Cons:
  • I got way too heavy clothes for the mild frost weather.
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18.1.2012 21.14 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.14 km 2:02:03 h:m:s 5:46 min/km 10.39 km/h

With easier surface this would have been a four stars run. And I’m sure this run was comparable to about 25 km run.

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Pros:
  • Easy and fun to run.
Cons:
  • Truly snowy, slippery and lumpy surface.
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2.12.2011 21.10 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.10 km 1:52:26 h:m:s 5:20 min/km 11.26 km/h

Observation: On longer run and better speed the condition of abdomen muscles is emphasized.

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29.11.2011 21.11 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.11 km 1:52:09 h:m:s 5:19 min/km 11.29 km/h

1-17 km: Good. Average pace was roughly between 5:10 and 5:15 min/km.
18-22 km: Not best. Average pace about 5:40 min/km. I have tried to think different reasons for this hurting hip, but again, it just needs heavy stretching.

Tip: I found a way how to keep running even hip begins to sense strained: do longer steps and run with your hip by twisting it (disclaimer: not a medical advice). My discover helped that much, that instead of two stars I gave free for this run!

Do you have your own stretching and running tips for a strained hip?

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Pros:
  • Relatively good run for the first 17 kilometers. I was feeling good and hip didn't bother.
Cons:
  • Relatively inconvenient for the last four kilometers. Still strained hip. It needs some heavy stretching.
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17.11.2011 21.10 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.10 km 1:49:52 h:m:s 5:12 min/km 11.52 km/h

I was about run something 15 kilometers, but because I felt so good and the average speed was not bad, I ended up running a half marathon. Time was good, but during the last two kilometers I got some kind of a hip strain.

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4.11.2011 21.13 km

Distance Duration Avg. Pace Avg. Speed
21.13 km 1:44:49 h:m:s 4:58 min/km 12.00 km/h

Yeay! Goal achieved! My half marathon goal was to beat 1 h 45 min and, well well, I did it in 1:44:49. I was just running on my own for fun, so sure, this is an unofficial record, but it’s good enough for me.

I’m sorry, but there won’t be any great winning story here. The run was steady, fast and relative easy from the start to finish. But quite fun ride it was.

  • 2 km: Already during the first kilometers I knew this is going to be a good run.
  • 5 km: Uphill, uphill, but have to keep going…
  • 6.5 km: Ok, one trouble ahead. Some abdominal tingling, but only for a while.
  • 7.5 km: Two bikers passed by with a speed.
  • 8.7 km: Heh, uphill and two bikers passed by by me – same two.
  • 12.1 km: Passing a pet pig. Something I don’t see every day.
  • 18 km: All the way very good and steady pace 5 min/km.
  • 21.1 km: Last three kilometers where tougher, but finally there with a little sprint at the end. I’m feeling quite good after the run.

I think the next goal for a half marathon will be to beat 1 h 30 min.

Yeay!

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