Ursvik Ultra Light 2015

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I couldn’t make it all the way.
My body said no after 23 km. MentaIly I could go on 6 more hours. But it just said stop…Realley realley stop.
I had 7 km left of my 2nd lap and the rest of the kilometres I craweld with the support of a stick I found in the forest. It was around -5 Celsius. So I did 30 km on 5 hours and 47 minutes. It was a demanding terrain.

But heeey,  I am not dissapointed! NOT AT ALL!! And do you know why?

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Because I have taken notes on when and where my body response to certain kilometres. I have never drawn my body to this stage so it was a good experience so I know what to work on until August (triathlon) and October (Greenland)
Okay it was mentally hard to feel like the fat kid there in the group. And also hard to get runned by of 3 blokes for the 2nd time when I havent finnished my first lap.

Stabilise my knees and lower back in the gym is the prio in able to run better. (And cut of some fat so I dont carry so much weight. I am 83 kg now)

I would have been more dissapointed if I would not make the whole Greenland marathon instead.

A realley realley big thanks to T and A who let me ride with them in the car to Stockholm and then waited for me to get back even if they did not know me. If you guys ever read this, it meant alot to me!

Now I’m gonna go foodhunting! And create a strategyplan for my future athletic goals!

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RACEDAY!

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Eeeeeeeek!! Tonight is the raceday. Guess who is nervous?! I just finished a nightshify at my 2nd job. Now I am on my way home. So I am leaving Uppsala at 22.00 tonight. Racestart at 3.00 am!

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What I wasn’t prepared was this white thing…

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It kind of freaked me out. More than my usual freakey-out-me..

I believe that my stomach-butterflies that I had yesterday went in to a coma. Instead I have a brain that is going in to a big spin.

Here is an example of 5 seconds in my little bear brain:
1. Snow! FUCK!
2.What should I wear?
3. WHAT IF I BREAK SOMETHING?
4. I wonder if I will meet any new friends?! I hope some crazy wierdo want to be my friend…
5. Which time should I aim for to run?
6. What if I start to freeze like heck?
7. What if I dont make it under the maximum time limit?
8. Oooooo look a ford ranger…I wonder of you can make them with an eco-certified engine…?
9. I wonder how many will run?
10. I wonder how many elitesoldiers will run the 75km distance.
11. I will dieeeeeeeeeeee!!
12. What if I realley realley dont make it?
13. What should I eat when I wake up…
14. I hope I get to sleep good…
15. Please tell me that can make all the way this race…
16. I dont feel prepared!
17. I am gonna dieeee!
18. It would be good practise for Greenland though ..
19. Food….
20. Eeeeek! I dont feel prepared enough…

Over and out! Ill update tomorrow! ♡♡♡

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2 Days Before 45 km race!

My brain has been working on 210% this week.

The first thing I did when I got home from Serbia was to sign up for the next running competition ASAP. I was probaly high on endorfines levels because of my supriceingly good results at balkan .. My stupid impulsive brain said: hey, why not do this 45 km race while you are on it? No problem!

A week prior to this race I am doing on saturday I feelt that this is probaly a stupid idea.
I recognize this feeling prior competitions or games (when I used to play american football). I always underestimate myself when it getting close to the day. ALWAYS!
I Always blaming on: not prepared, I could have done better preparing, I could have planned better. I always find something to blame myself on. But it Always dissapear on the day when I am gonna race. I felt the same feeling the day before Serbia to.

So today I went shopping for some groceries to bake vegan snacks and some stuff I feelt would be good when you race long distances.

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I have wanted to have a light camelback running rugsack and I found my favourite brand for a realley decent price. My 2nd item that I needed was a pair of new runningtights that I found on sale. Also made by my favourite brand. :) Haglöfs.
I know if I pay a few extra I will keep the items for several years. I am always so picky when I shop clothes. “Meeeeh, do I realley need it? Can I afford it? If I buy a cheaper one I know I will not use it or it will breake in the next second… Can I realley, realley REALLEY afford it?”

I felt that I deserve it. It is my b-day soon and I have been working shitloads at work the past couple of months to sort my life out so this things followed me home today. Little Bear <3 Haglöfs 4-ever!

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Serbia – The results

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Here is the result! If you click on the picture it get bigger. It went very well! Over expectations! For being my first “official serious race” I am very satisfied with the results.

We were 167 who started (I am not sure where I got 500 from haha).

89 persons found all the checkpoints and therefore were not discqualified. I was one of the people who found all the checkpoints and completed the whole race. Even though it was language barriers that was the hardest part!

23 women made it. I ended up on place 8 out of 23 females. Overall I ended up on 63rd place.

So now I am pumping up for my 45 km I am gonna run at the 22nd of March! Stay tuned!!

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Serbia – The Raceday

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        Me before the race started.

Woooow what a feeling when I completed the race!
Today was the ultimate raceday and the official beginning of my new athlete career since I took a break from american football.

17 km hard kilometres up and down, uuuuup and down again through the Avala Mountain in Serbia.

17 km doesnt sound hard. But the organisation standard wasn’t of tje best quality. Shitloads of people dropped of after the first 5 km because they weren’t prepared for terrain like this….neither having such bad strategic placement after the runningtrack.

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We were supposed to follow this dots but the frequency of the dots made that everybody got completly lost. I figured out after 10 km that is was the dots I should follow. Many people did not speak good english and the raceinformation was on serbian. Bleeh!

Me…I ran 10 km completly in the wrong direction. When I saw on the phone that I was nearley hitting 20 km I just wanted to lay down and die. I was prepared for 17 km, not 27. But an evil side of me though about the elite-athletes that dropped of in the befinning, they just could not run in the conditions.
My knees was hurting, my lower back (after falling downhill 10000 times) and some part of the races I was scared as f*ck when I realized I was completly lost, and that my phone was not working in Serbia.

I was going to finnish to every price….10% muscles, 90% willpower. And now I just want more, and mooooore!

I know people talking about Tough Viking in Sweden. I ran that race 2 years ago. TV was on kindergardenlevel comparing to this mess. 

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A lot of this houses excisted on the way.

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Sneakey bastard trap! Dangerous as hell. That whole was VERY deep!

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Checkpoint no 3 was up here.

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Up on the top of the mountain. I was beeing a rugsack in an other runner.

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Standardpose by the checkpoint. Happy that I made it up up to the top.

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I maaaaaade it! Finisher! 27isch kilometres and 4 hours later!

I need to run more races! Need to challenge my self more! The official running season is now on! Bring it! I need more! My goal for 2015 is to collect so many finnisher-medals as possible.

I can’t wait until Greenland. My ultimate lifegoal is the northpole marathon on…the Northpole. But is gonna take a while to save up to financially!

Now I am back home in Sweden and going back to work tomorrow. And my feet are going to get some love tonight, footbath, peeling etc while I am looking for where the next race is going to be. Hope you have a wonderful running season!

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Flying to Serbia tonight!

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Moooorning! I am on my way to work and tonight is the night I am flying to Serbia.
TBH I am not sure if I am looking forward to the race. I have had the most shitty month EVER. It is like god dont want me to race.
First I damaged my knee, 1,5 week of.
Then I got the flue, so bad that i had to eat the antibiotics. 2 weeks of (except for longer walkings) So I have only been running this week.
I have survived 15 km laps. It took me nearley 2 hours each time. Which mean that I should be able to crawl in to the finnish line the last kilometres if I have to. The race is 17 km in a mountain.

The positive side is that I have found a good running technique during all this week last pressure. And I am generally slow so I that should mean that I should be better in longer distances right?
I am not struggling while running anymore…it is sooo nice. Now it feels like I am jumping on clouds instead of running-in-mud-feeling. I just need to adjust the timepace.

Lets do this!
Untz untz!

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Serbia Avala Mountain Race

It is not very far away from the day when I am going to run the race arranged by the Serbia Sky Running Association. I am leaving at 27th February and get back at 2nd March.
I pray to god that my knee is going to hold during the race. It havent been cooperating with me lately.

Because of that I have choosen to sleep at a hotel this month closer to my work so I can eat, sleep, work, train, repeat and focus. If you get in the way of me and my training, you are my enemy, haha. I guess thats the backside of living in a dormintory with 13 other people. Lately I have been sleeping 4-5 hours/day because of the people in my house and my training has been suffering radically. So I did got tired of that now.

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Here is the view from the mountain I am gonna run that I found on google. The Avala Mountain.

Apparently we are two Swedes that are running this race. It will be my first for race for the year and since I took a break from the american football. The race is 16 km mixed terrain. :-)

If you want more info you can find it here http://www.skyrunning-serbia.com
Further down there is a link to the english page. :-)

I am so excited! I will post the result here later.

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