You know I’ve said before that I don’t really like running? Well, I have done a crazy thing: in the midst of busy times at work, studying for an exam in mid-June and juggling life in general with the boys, I’ve signed up for four 10km races this spring, summer and autumn. So now I need to add training for a 10km race to the list of things to do.
I’d read about Haga Park Run before, but hadn’t thought much about it. After signing up for the Sthlm Challenge – a 10km trail run, a 10km evening race, a 10km urban run and a 10km tunnel race – I decided that running a 5km run each Saturday morning sounded like a good training idea.
I did my first 5km run the weekend before Easter and it was great fun. Haga is a beautiful spot to run in. I mean, seriously beautiful. You get to run past these amazing copper “tents”, after all.
The idea behind Park Run is that every Saturday morning, you run a timed 5km route with others. The weekend that I went, there were about 40 of us running two laps of a route on gravel paths and past the water. And now I have a time to beat for my next 5km run: 29:05.
I have had a problem in the past when running though, with pain in my right leg caused by a wonky toe. Seeing as I’ll be running a total of 40km of races this year, it felt time to invest in a proper pair of running shoes that suit my running style. Runner’s Store is one of the shops in Stockholm that you can visit to get your running style analysed and a pair of shoes suggested for you.
As my style is mostly sprints and, now, short races and since my right toe problem means that I am flat-footed on that side, they suggested a pair with added support. I tried on three or four pairs but these Nikes felt the most comfortable to run in and wear.
They look like heavy, solid shoes, but actually they are incredibly lightweight. I’ve done a few 5km runs in them now and I am so pleased with them.
I’ve now only got a few weeks until the first of the 10km races – the trail run – so watch this space.0