On Sunday 2009-09-20 it was time for my third half-marathon. It was the second Rantamaraton for me. About half of the route follows the sealine from Matinkylä to Otaniemi, the rest is cycling paths varied with forest paths.
I finally managed to reach my target of 2:20, I finished in 2:19:58 🙂 I had my pulse monitor all the way, but the last few kilometers I stopped worrying about my pulse and started to worry about my target time instead. The last 100 meters I had to run as fast as I could, but I made it 🙂 Last year my time was 2:33:27, so compared to that, I made a huge improvement. Next target to reach is 2 hours…
20.09.2009 also marks the day of our marriage 🙂 Even though the papers officially say 23.09.2009, we will always celebrate 20.09.2009 as our real wedding day. It was impossible (unless we wanted to travel to Lohja) to get a registrar on our chosen date. Instead we had a small ceremony the following Wednesday, just me, my wife, and our son at the register office.
I have my summer vacation the entire month of July. It’s nice having some time off from work, spending time with my son. The work on my thesis has been down for a couple of weeks, but today I opened up the stuff again to see where I left off. I’m feeling confident that I will get some loose ends wrapped up soon.
On Saturday we went for a walk. “We” being myself, my “cohabitant”, our son and our dog (German Shepherd). Ended up being a 22 km walk along the Rantamaraton half-marathon route (pdf). Felt quite good even though I had a half-marathon behind me a week ago. We took it quite easy though, stopped for a cup of coffee after a while, and simply took it easy and more as a “walking picnic” than exercise. Entire trip, including coffee breaks and going to a small grocery store to buy water, took about 6.5 hours. We also took some photos to try out making HDR photos. If I get any good ones, I might post one later. The dog was quite tired when we came home, but was still up for a short evening run (about 1 km) later on.
I also took the initial test for the 200 sit ups challenge. I managed 46 crunches, which places me in the average group for people under 30 years of age. The program suggests that I should start on week three, but I think I’ll try week one, column three to see how it feels. This means that tomorrow, Monday, I’ll do 15-18-10-10-max sit ups.
We went looking for running shoes today. I had looked at Asics Gel Cumulus 10, and when first trying them on, they felt great. But after a few steps, I noticed that they are a bit too narrow in the big-toe region for my foot. Afterwards I tested the Brooks Glycerin 7 (I have Glycerin 5 currently), and it felt comfortable and familiar. However, I wonder if I would be needing a shoe with slight pronation support. The Glycerin is a neutral shoe, and I have a slight feeling that I’m perhaps stepping a bit too much on the inside of my foot. On the other hand, I’ve used these shoes for about a year, running two half-marathons, and quite a lot of long walks, without feeling any notable pain that I could attribute to inappropriate shoes. I probably should be going to some store that offers analysis of my footing.