Tom, between the jugs of beer at Oktoberfest, was asking me whether I feel a pressure to run. No I don't. It's strictly relaxation, and I have low ambitions:
- To keep reasonably fit
- To have fun
- To catch some fresh air
- To follow the changing seasons
- To chat with friends who join the run
- To chat with friends over the phone
If I want to win while running, it's just a question of beating my own earlier times or distances. This means I do keep a log of my runs, so I know I've run 568 km so far this year, as opposed to 409 km at the same time last year.
So today, I was running over 20 km for the first time since 2002. It was a long run around Bredviken (MunksnÃƒÂ¤s-FÃƒÂ¶lisÃƒÂ¶n-DrumsÃƒÂ¶-KÃƒÂ¤geludden-OtnÃƒÂ¤s-Tarvo-MunksnÃƒÂ¤s) with long-time friend Ralf on inline skates. In the beginning he asked whether I tend to keep up my normal speed for all of 21 km. At the end, he noted it was hard to keep such a slow pace on his inline skates.
But I made the 21 km!
Me running my first marathon 2000