Sognsvannet Rundt Medsols. Attempted age record setting for 4 laps. Target time was 46:07. Nothing says formtopping like this time than a rest day two days before, and a nice long run with Thomas the day before, like this one. With coffee from Narvesen and some carbs, I was ready to go :D
Not only was it stiff competition, with 6 sub 11 minute runners on doing 1 lap, but the great Night-Orienteering king Anders Nordberg showed up. Was able to think of a really stupid question going like: "For reals? you are running?" Also told him that he did great "innsats" on WOC, although he begged to differ.
Goal was to run even 11:30 laps with around 3:33min/km pace. Accidentally turned on my GPS the night before, so had little battery. Didnt warm up with it, and turned it on 5 minutes before the start. Problem is, it didnt find the satlelight, so i was pretty much running blind like these guys
Tried to feel around what would be about correct pace. had a ton of guys infront, a lot more than last time, so felt the pace was okay. The pack infront ran faster and the people behind started to chill a little, so got myself a nice vaccuum area. Saw Nordberg probably 50 meters ahead, and when looking behind me, seems like I parked the Buss Holth woman, so i was about on pace.
A 40-50 year old man passed me at about 1km, and running quite evenly, decided to follow him, and did for the first lap. He was only running one lap. Thought i saw 11:25 on my watch when i passed the finish. Felt tired so thought it might be tough with 46mins. Decided to go hard on the next lap. Didnt see a single person since the first lap (although lapped tons).
Didnt really believe my time when crossing the second lap. Had PRed 2laps enroute doing 4 laps with 22:38. Still felt strong and continued to run hard. Had nice even splits on 3rd and 4th, and once i saw my time was 34 mins on the third lap, knew i was about to break age record for 4 laps. A high-five moment. Got some satelites the last 2 laps, and they confirmed I was on pace.
Dont know how I was able to run so well despite being alone the last 3 laps. I felt like a Mathias Nipen on steroids, or better yet, a kenyan. Never had a down period. Also quite nice to get some cheers from people warming down. Certainly helped keeping the pace.
Also one of the best Vdots to date. Best non-track vdot, despite it all being gravel. This is great news for oslo marathon.
225 Mathias Nipen, Tyrving 45:33 +35:42
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