Monthly Archives: May 2005

First small race/runthrough the 9th of June

April but since the season this year will be be bit delayed on my part (last years Bislett Games was early June) the start this year will be a relay up at Ekeberg, above Oslo the 9th of June – the DHL relay. 5×5 km, on a team consisting of some of the best runners in Norway including Henrik. It will be a fun even, plus a good time to get a run through. In addition to that, the club Vidar is the organizer, so a nice pay back for taking so good care of my during the Eastern training stays and Monday trainings.

Things are going well. This evening one of the sessions run up by Sogsvann on my normal “test” route. At this time I need stability on those runs – the stability is needed when track workouts starts to progress. Otherwise you will soon lose the endurance component needed – if the running base you have is not stable enough. Nice and “fresh” weather outside, just how I like it when running those long sessions :)

Henrik set another personal best in the 10000 meters the other weekend, running a low 29. Great to see his progress after years of struggling. It feels much better to see those personal bests coming when you have seen the other side also..

From Oslo, looking forward to the season.


On Tønsberg and training

down south the coaststrip from Oslo :) Will be interesting to see the results from there. I spoke to the national coach the other day, Tømmernes, as he came by when I was running one of my treadmill sessions. He was excited as always about the season. It is good to see that the Norwegian athletics (that have been struggling the last few years) finally have some leadership and optimism. I like leaders like him – he will back you until the end and be the last one to jump off the boat (which is really rare for a person in his position) But, once the season is over and there is no more hope for that year he is also the first to put down very, very clearly the changes that needs to be done. One should not underestimate those leadership things even though, in the end, it is the daily training, each single day and hour that makes world class results.

Training is going well. I have still been pressing hard just waiting for the body to tell me to rest :) But as long as the pressure can be held high I will try and continue. A test at Jonny Høgseth yesterday showed that things are fine with the muscular system so a nice “checkpoint”.

Just back from an easy run out in the rain. Which is fine really, as it forces the long intervall sessions to inside on the treadmill which is much more effective than running outside on those long hard intervalls. Though after a long winter I would not mind some outside runs now :)) Hopefully it will clear abit until Monday…

Well time for some rest now,

From Oslo,

Just back from a long run to clear out the legs..

get a good blood slow through the legs. Very hard sessions on the treadmill recently, but I have been getting great help from phyio Høgseth to keep the system sharp on a minimum recovery..

Henrik is getting back into regular training now after the marathon in London and will run a 10 km track race next week. It is nice for me to have someone there who will always be ready for the long endurance stuff -even in summer when alot of people like to taper alot.

Another look at Bislett stadium the other day as I drove past it. Looks great already :) Now it is just a matter of staying healthy and sharp until the opening the 29th of July which will be one of the real highlights of the season..

All well!


Only short time until hard track work begins..


Yesterdays session was another treadmill one. As I travelled to South Africa quite late in the winter buildup it is beneficial to do some more treadmill work just before getting into the harder outside stuff. But it was hard to see the others running 200 and 400 meters repeats in the sunny weather outside while I was in the top athletics center running those long intervalls :)

Had a talk to former world champion in the biathlon (plus Olympic champion in the relays) Frode Andresen yesterday. Interesting, he knows as few things about training that not alot of others have bothered going into depth in. Refreshing to see people coming to the same conclusions – not only on subjective “feeling” but on test results as well. Will be interesting to see how well he can be in the Olympics this winter – at altitude in Torino anything can happen.

Still feeling fresh after altitude and will continue pressing the sessions until I need a rest period (from prior experience in about a weeks time) Until then, plenty of training and plenty of rest :)

From Oslo,

A brief test today, unfortunetely no Holmenkollen relay :)

participated in the Holmenkollen relay, a huge relay around the city of Oslo with thousands of runners + hundreds of teams a total of about 17,7 km and 15 legs total. Quite fun but since I am have decided to continue running for my small club Runar (that I have been a member in since I was 10 – and have supported my greatly throughout the years) it is difficult to have an ok team. It takes a good group of middle distance runners ( + maybe some skiers for the climbs) to have an ok team. But maybe in the future..

So to get a good run through it is ok to do a test today. It tells me if the winter training has been going well and that I am ready to soon start the track work that I have waited for so long :)

From Oslo!