I was nervous before the race. I had practiced for a month, but I had not run this far yet. So I had a plan: start slow and run for 12 min, walk for a short while, run 6 min, walk, run 6 min and by then, hopefully, have reached the goal.
I like to compete and told myself not to run faster when people passed me or when I was getting closer to someone. I followed my plan, but when I was to take my second walk, I saw the goal just a few hundred meters ahead of me and simply had to run the last bit. When I looked at my time afterward, I realized that I had run the fastest that I have ever done. I’m so proud of myself!
So what have I learned from this? Practice makes perfect! I have started following an exercise program to prepare for the longest of the five parts in Lundaloppet. Wish me luck!
Have a nice day!