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Another Marathon!?!

Yesterday I applied to do another marathon 🙂 Thought I would have learnt something but nooo 😀 So I applied to run London next year again. Actually I have the post marathon blues at the moment, it’s scientifically proven that many marathon runners get a bit depressed just after a marathon and need a new goal. So spoke to some runners on Monday advising me to book another marathon to look forward too and all week I have been thinking of when and which one apart from the already applied to London marathon.

So which one this year??? It’s too late to apply for a marathon that is before I go to India in July/August so it will have to be a marathon that’s in September or October. Dublin Marathon on the 25th October would be nice, Amsterdam on the 17th of October is another hot contender, or maybe Mallorca on 17th October, Loch Ness marathon 3rd October might be nice too or Athens marathon 31st October. Casablanca is on the 24th of October too, should be fairly warm there, tempting very tempting.

Obviously New York marathon is in November but as I want to do all 5 world majors marathon this one can wait until I start on the majors serie.

Do you know anything about the mentioned marathons? Any favourites with flat and fast PB courses or maybe you know which one to avoid, or maybe a suggestion for a different marathon? All advise and tips are good ones.

My dream marathon time now is 3.30 and if I could do 4.27 with an injury and rubbish training then 3.30 with proper training should be possible 😀 Me aiming too high…never 😉 But this is not for the autumn marathon but for 2011 instead.

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Brief London Marathon 2010 update

Wheeee 🙂 I kept my NYE resolution and did beat my PB in the London marathon by 20 minutes and finished in 4.27.55. Unfortunately I did not reach my dream target of sub 4 hour marathon, I was on my way to do it and halfway through it was possible and it felt great but then injury set in, injured both ITB bands in my legs and continuing in speed was impossible. Maybe I’m not made for really long runs but have decided to try again, must run under 3.40 to qualify for Boston marathon.

Anyways had a really nice weekend, was joined by my partner in crime Anders who also ran in this years marathon, though a hell of a lot faster than me. Well done for getting me to the start in one piece and congrats to your brilliant marathon time.

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2010 London Marathon Running Outfit

Thanks to Stina’s help my marathon outfit is now complete. The t-shirt colour is not my choices but I think the turqouise works quite good with orange. So know you how I will look so you can keep an eye open if you are watching the race on TV (BBC2 and then later BBC1) or in real life.

A few friends of mine will watch the marathon from the Old Rose Pub near Shadwell station, map. There you should be able to see me twice, at mile 13.73ish running towards Canary Wharf and then at mile 22.83ish running towards the tower. To check out the course Virgins interactive map is quite good, interactive marathon map.

Or you can join my charity Lepra and cheer for me at mile 23 just by the Tower of London, usually great atmosphere here.

In case you can’t watch the marathon in real life or on TV then you can follow me here Facebook Marathon Tracker by typing in my running number 15152. Have not found an non Facebook online tracker website yet but I hope there will be on and will publish the address here if I find one.

Also there is still time to sponsor my marathon on my website http://www.justgiving.com/Running-Eva

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Sundays run

Sundays run went well, did a half marathon with 21.1 km and the time was not bad at all. If this continues then I will absolutely beat my marathon PB. Although mentally it was hard and it was really nice to bump in to some supporters at 14 km, got second wind and actually ran quicker after that 🙂

Today my legs felt ok which was a nice surprise so I went out for a short run today too.

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February running

In a few hours February is over, me and Gizmo have been working hard and finished with a total of 101.77 km run through out the month. Tomorrow is the first day of “Monster Month” the runs will get longer and longer :S Although I’ll have a resting day tomorrow 😉

Compared to last year my speed is picking up and breaking my PB goal is definitely possible, not completely sure I will go under the 4 hour barrier though I am trying hard.

Today I did a 16 km slow run, it felt ok even though I’ve been ill during the weekend. But I really need new shoes, my old ones doesn’t work on anything longer than 8 km runs. Do you wonder why they only work for the first part? Well feet expand a little after running a longer bit so I stubb my toes in the toebox of the shoes. This leads to black toenails, not comfortable and not pretty.

Also I need to buy some carbohydrate gels and some sports drinks or powder stuff….but I really, really hate this stuff 😦 It’s too artificial and too sweet, but on the long runs extra energy is needed there is no way around it and afterwards refuelling is essential. Does anyone know of healthy, natural and non sugary energy on the go and refuelling??? Please let me know…urgently. Drinkwise I prefer Gatorade as it has less shit (shit= E numbers, colours, sugar and stuff) in it then others I’ve tried. For carbo gel I use the Lucozade one as it is easy to eat on the run and doesn’t taste too nasty…although really not happy with this one.

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Gizmo and I are training hard

I have named my Garmin Forerunner 310XT, he will be known as Gizmo from now on, very suitable as Gizmo means gadget but also this cute little fellow;

Been a bit quite lately, I have kept my self really busy by running loads and loads together with Gizmo. Minimum 4 times a week but I am for 5 times a week, last week I did several threeshold runs to improve on my speed, this week I am concentrating on medium and long runs. Todays run was really good if I can keep that pace up then I will definitely beat my PB at the London marathon.

Also watched a bit of the Winter Olympics. The Cross Country skiing is fantastic, even though I hate snow and the cold it makes me want to go skiing. Well either next year or the year after I will have to ski as the 90 km Vasa cross country ski race is part of the Swedish classic which I definitely will be doing one day.

The little bit of my time left over is spent on studying climate change (global warming or what you wish to call it), UK energy policy and French.

Almost forgot I have spent a great deal of my time with friends. Last Monday lovely dinner with Karin. Tuesday helpt ex-husband with university work and he helped me fix my PC monitor, fantastic deal 😀 Thursday at a local pub with Jenny, Hannis and new girl. Friday Olympics Ice Hockey, Sweden against Belarus at the Swedish pub with Laila, Jocke, Lisa, Leigh, Jenny, Rich, Patrick, Angelique, Hannis, Jimmie and I think I forgotten some people but it was sooo nice 😀 . Saturday was spent relaxing until I had to make a treacherous journey to Waterloo, the tubes and the buses were SHIT and I had to walk a bit 😦 in the cold 😦 when I finally got there I had a brilliant time with Marliina and friends.

After we had got some drinks down at home we went out dancing, it was nice but the club was a bit shit…everyone avoid Chinawhite if you want to have a really good time, expensive drinks (yes I buy my own drinks as I do not want to sponge of sleazy guys) and not very nice drinks either, tiny dancefloor with the shittiest DJ I have ever come across during 11 years in London, the guys in the club were not nice either….these clubs let guys with money in only (or guys with the right friends) and quite frankly they do not look very nice and they are extremely sleazy.

Then Sunday was spent with Elin and a long walk in the park, we saw Yellow Crocuses, more Snowdrops and flowers on two different varieties of trees spring is coming wheee 😀 Yesterday me and Laila managed to get free burgers at the pub, fantastic, and then we went home to her place and drank bucket loads of Swedish coffee and talked until 2 am…no wonder I didn’t fall asleep until after 5 in the morning 😉

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Wheee look at my baby :D

Yes it is my very own Garmin Forerunner 310XT. I bought it online yesterday for a superduper fantastic price and free delivery, just had to get it. And today already it arrived 😀 Marathon PB here I come.

Only problem is I have not named the baby yet…any ideas for a name?

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