|Old lady goes to ground.|
|Note Mette's resemblance to Emelie Forsberg|
|Emelie Forsberg in the Dolomites.|
And then there was Thea. Last weekend, we ran a 5k together (the second weekend in a ro). I am 34, she is 17. Note the math. I have at this point been physically forced to sit down on the couch (by my husband) and watch womens' 5000 meter races at least 10 times. Probably 20. I know that if the goal is to win (and not PR), you don't start out fast, you start out smart. It was probably the hottest day of the year here. Already 85 degrees F an hour before the race. Thea ran the entire race about 20 meters behind me. I knew her plan was to speed up at the end, but what she didn't know, was I started out slowly so I could also speed up. And also I knew sprinting against a 17 year old wasn't going to be easy.
|Thea has the right attitude about running, but I wonder how much time she loses by running with her phone. Photo: Jan K Madsen|
|Sprint to the finish- owww. Photo Jan K Madsen|
. It was close. My time: 19:44, granted on dirt and in the heat, but only 2 seconds faster than my 3rd 5k in 2008! But I eaked out a 3 second win.
SR also won, in a super close race, in 17:18. He has always been a good tactical runner.
|SR knows exactly how to position himself before his sprint to the finish. Torben in front is apparently a 2:35 marathoner.|
So we move, improve, lose or gain millimeters, seconds in these short races. Perhaps the only way for me to really improve would be to get pregnant again. I have thought a lot about why it is pregnant women runners improve so much post-partum and I think it may have something to do with the high level of estrogen during pregnancy. Since estrogen is the female equivalent of testosterone, it only stands to reason estrogen would create stronger muscles (heck, it also helps to ensure a baby grows strong). Has anyone else run across this theory?
Or, maybe improving involves throwing yourself into entirely new experiences. Something I know I could improve at by working at it is technical trail running. SR, Andreas Carlsen (of the documentary Ultra fame) and I went to Kullaberg Sweden for a day trip last week. I love how over the course of one day you can let go of a lot of the fear of going downhill on steep slippery rocks. I wish I could run in Kullaberg every day with these two.
|A mini Team Salomon outing|
It is awesome to have a skill to focus on--- running on technical trails--- that also can take you places. You escape the feeling of being fated to run one particular time and you just run.
|Went out for a 2k trail run with the boys Who knows how much starting them early will decide their future talent and running "fate", or if they'll even care about running at all. At least we had fun.|
I gotta thank Tony Krupicka for this one. I love it: