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shoeporn: Hoka One One – Elevon 2

Here we go with the first update of Hoka’s Elevon Series. If you just look at the shoe it seems that this one fills the gap between the popular Clifton and Bondi modells. Quite some cushion but still with a very dynamic approach that you probably wouldn’t expect. The stack height is something else and something that raises some eyebrows. A shoe that certainly ticks all the boxes that Hoka is knows for. I personally like the slick and simple design of this one. This shoe is the most cushioned modell in the lightweight segment of the product range, the Fly Collection.
A detail that sticks out – by any means. The rear part of the Elevon 2 is particularly bulky and a true eye catcher. Something that has been seen in the latest Nike releases as well. Hoka was one of the first companies that used such a design feature and as the masters of bulky soles, they have been copied by several players of the industry.
Sometimes it is the simple stuff that counts. The design of the tongue and the placement is something that i really liked and that is extremely well made at this one. While being super thin, it still feels very comfortable. The asymmetrical tongue is lightly padded with a cutout to provide more comfort.
To create a dynamic running sensation, Hoka designers put flex grooves in the forefoot and placed springier foam in this part of the shoe for a more responsive toe-off. These are the parts of the sole that i cherish a lot. A vital part for my running style.
The Elevon 2 comes with a 5 mm drop. The center of the sole is a well cushioned dual-foam that is placed between a stiff rim and core construction. This is the center of the shoe and creates a quite unique sensation that is not something that i have experienced before in Hoka shoes. It took me quite some runs to get used to this. While having plenty of underfoot cushion, it feels firmer than the Clifton. Eventually this makes the Elevon 2 a shoe that responds easier to speed sessions and uptempo runs.
A look at the outsole design displays crystal transparent rubber with strategic placed forefoot grooving that are meant to increase the flexibility while toeing off.
During the 160 kilometers that i put on these shoes until now, the crystal rubber did not show much wear and tear. It is a firm outsole that offers plenty of traction and makes this shoe a great work horse, especially on the road.
If you have used this Elevon in the older version you will find the core update in even more support in the shoes midfoot and forefoot part. Together with the asymmetrical internal support wings, the Elevon 2 offers a better fit with more cushion. The extended heel is meant for a smoother transitions but as i have a forefoot to mid foot stride, i couldn’t really judge this feature.
To create a light shoe, Hoka not only saved some weight within the sole design, furthermore they used a comfortable and breathable mesh upper that provides some proper air flow that surprised me.
Some more detailed picture on the upper of the Elevon 2 to highlight the material and show the nicely knitted structure.
While this shoe helps you quite a bit to develop and maintain a dynamic stride, it is possibly a heel strikers best friend. The back part of the shoe is softer with extra cushioning while being firmer in the forefoot.
Another picture of the heel, a feature that is hard to overlook on the Elevon 2.
As stated above – If you are used to the classic Hoka feeling. You will be disappointed. The Elevon 2 is less softer cushioned as you might expect. This could create an odd feeling if you expect a certain sensation from this shoe. Nevertheless, the Elevon 2 is a proper shoe that likes to play with speed while providing firm cushion.
The Elevon 2 weights in with a mere of 288 grams. Quite some weight for shoe like this. To makes this good shoe even better i expect Hoka to shave off some grams for the 3rd version. This would make this shoe even more fun that it is now.
To me the Elevon 2 is a great daily trainer. Often enough i even got carried away playing around with some uptempo speeds. Paired with plenty of cushioning this is a shoe that kept my legs safe and recovered during longer runs and tempo workouts. I can see myself running even more miles with it.
Hoka One One’s Elevon 2 is a proper and very positive update. If you are still not a 100% sure if Hoka has a shoe for you as you are not a fan of the massive cushion, then this one might be a good choice. The Elevon 2 is a dynamic shoe with enough cushion to make the beaten up legs happy. Long runs, tempo runs and also daily jogging routines is the blazing field of this model.

Tune of the day: Vale-Smith – Cassia Topaz

42.195 kilometres

The marathon is one of the original modern olympic events. Introduced in 1896 as a tribute to famed greek soldier Pheidippides.

Since the 1924 olympic games in Paris, the distance is standardized to 42.195 kilometers and ill-famed ever since. An iconic distance that never fails to amaze.

Good friend Johann hailed the distance with an amazing effort. On a Saturday morning. With some friends.


Tune of the day: Bicep – Glue

shoeporn: Hoka One One – Cavu 3

While Hoka One One seems to have certain trademark models such as the iconic Clifton and the Bondi, the Cavu seems to fly a bit under the radar. Usually Hoka is known for massive cushion, with the Cavu they come up a thinner approach to the sole design.
Cavu product descriptions vary quite a bit. The shoe sometimes is described as a performance oriented sneaker. Personally i have never felt that way. The Cavu is a clean and simple running shoe that, to me, offers a lot I’m looking for in a reliable, performance oriented running shoe.
A feature that certainly sticks out and makes this shoe special, is the nicely knitted, tongue-less and extremely comfortable stretch knit upper. The sock-like fit is amazing and creates a nice snug feel to the feet. Enough to just easily slide in and enjoy the ride without being too loose.
A more detailed look at the well placed zonal perforations with some structured sections that provide good breathability. Nevertheless does the structure of the shoe paired with the knit material offer a proper stability while running.
A close look at the heart of the Cavu – the Profly midsole. A midsole design that is pretty unique in the Hoka range. The sole offers a very responsive toe-off and very nice direct feeling that i treasure a lot on longer tempo runs.
One more detailed look at the updated EVA midsole that provides significantly more comfort to the underfoot than the one that was provided in the 2nd generation model of the Cavu.
No worries readers. This shoe is a 100% Vegan and weights in with 198g and an extra springy rocker profile while a deeper Active Foot Frame delivers added support. Nice one!
A front view of this light and speedy powerhouse. Simple does it with the Cavu and that is what i realize appreciate with this one, a fast and efficient transition!
This is the heel section of the shoe. From here to the toe section, there is a 6.00mm drop. Enough to create some nice dynamic within the stride.
The Profly sole that is used in the latest Cavu 3 keeps on offering a nice and soft landing while having a nice and springy toe-off. The redesigned midsole and outsole provide a smoother, more comfortable running experience than the previous model.
On the outsole and rubberized EVA material offers some more cushioning and now, after about 150 kilometers with this shoe, is still in a pretty good shape. This shoe is resilient.
The 3rd update of the Cavu is a proper one and a significant step in the development of this shoe. This shoe comes in the lower price dement but i have to say it offers was more than the price suggested. To me, this is not a sneaker, it is a running shoe that provided me a great range of services. From dual commutes to tempo runs and a few track session, the Cavu was a reliable and fun partner.

Tune of the day:
Alfa Mist & Emmavie – Epoch (Full Album) X DJ Seinfeld – U

In Pictures: YO Intervals at Stockholm Olympic Stadium

What is better than running some hard laps with the gang around the venue of the 1912 Olympic Games?

Yes, homie Dennis Wernersson capturing it!

Tune of the day: Haze x Falco – No Time For Revolution

Racereport-01 / 01.03.2020 / ÖTILLÖ SwimRun Catalina

Once digging around some thrift store in Dublin I picked up an enthralling book with the title “Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer” by Lynne Cox. Reading this book, was essentially the very first time I found out about this 195 km2 atoll 47 kilometer south-southwest of Long Beach, California – Catalina Island. Since then the isle only came across my courtesy segments when somebody swam a new record time for the well-known channel crossing from Los Angeles to Santa Catalina Island. Correspondingly the odd shark encounter along the Catalina shorelines was something that now and then flashed up to me while reading the news.

Picture: Paddy Mack for Ötillö

Once my befriended Ötillö organization publicized that they are heading Stateside and to Santa Catalina Island for their very first contest in America, I was captivated. But to be frank, although I was charmed and struck by the location, I seemed to have forgotten about the competition. I can’t really recall who made me aware of it but it hit me by surprise that I had to find out that I was in California on holiday anyhow when the race was meant to take place.

After some family internal debates and preparations I contacted my dear friend and fellow SwimRun aficionado Herbert in the quest for a probable companion. It did not take long to get in contact with Robin Pomeroy. Robin and her friend had an brilliant day during Herbert’s SwimRun contest throughout Hanging rock state park (check their website and sign up for next year’s race). It appeared to click immediately between Robin and myself. She was eager to race and we both had a similar “it is early in the season and I’m not a 100% fit” pretext on hand. Paired with the appreciative support by the wonderful dudes of ARK SwimRun, this turned out to be a great little adventure in the making.

Picture: Paddy Mack for Ötillö

My family and I coasted into LA airport, stayed a night in Long Beach and then found us on a ship to Catalina Island the next morning. And what a two hour journey that was. We could not believe our eyes when we saw a troop of 20-30 dolphins playing beside the ferryboat about 20 minutes before we arrived at Avalon ferry port – A fantastic experience.

Avalon is a small distinct community island town. Pretty rare for American standards no fast-food chains or comparable shops are permitted on the island. This in itself creates a great touch and the little town was an remarkable host for this race even though the start was in another town called Two Harbours further down the coast. We spend the days prior to the race relaxing and hiking. For a good reason Catalina Island is labeled “California’s Galapagos Island”. I have visited both places and there are certain parallels for sure. Unhurt landscape harmonizing with wonderful wildlife and incredibly clear waters does not feel like a place that is less than two hours away from a demanding 4 million people metropolitan that goes by the name of Los Angeles.

Sunday morning came fast and we found us on a cruise ship to the start area. Aboard the ship we found a lot of familiar faces and friends (thank you swimrunshop.com for the rope!) and it was entertaining to catch up with everybody prior to the competition. When we landed at Two Harbors Robin and I organized our equipment and relaxed as good as we could. I was more than fascinated by Robins proficient tactic. Never before have I seen someone write down the distances and specialties of each swim and run leg so carefully. Instantaneously I knew that not much could go wrong on this beautiful and sunlit day. After dull month after dull month of Vitamin D withdrawal in Sweden, it was untainted frenzy to sense all these sun rays on my pastel coating.

Picture: Paddy Mack for Ötillö

Some high-fives and sociable hugs later, the race was on. After about 1 kilometer of flat running, the first real test came up on us. A pretty steep climb that immediately stretched the field. We were fortunate enough to arrive at this ascent with the first group and started this battle with a suitable power stroll after roughly 5 minutes of “real” running. As Alan Parsons once sang: “What goes up, must come down.” And how it came down. Fundamentally the very first downhill set the tone of the course character. And that should effect my body for some weeks – a proper aching in portions of my legs that I never knew exist.

Trails in the US are different to the trails at home. Although it seems that some trails line bend after bend after bend, these Jeep trails basically went straight down. And we weren’t used to that at all. The price that we paid was sore legs and a slow performance when it came to jog down the mounts.

So after this first shock for the legs I pretty much looked forward to calm the system down in the pacific with a 1.500 meter swim. Albeit we took it easy, we passed the premier checkpoint in first place in the Mixed category. We did not hold this place for long. The first swim was quite choppy and Robin and I had to find our rhythm as we had never relay trained together before. We managed very well but I was pretty astonished by the swim abilities of the field. Some other mixed teams passed us with pretty imposing speeds.

Picture: Paddy Mack for Ötillö

We went on and looped back to the area where the competition started. The running was fantastic. The grimy jeep thoroughfares were fun and easy to run on. After the 2nd swim section, the first long run to Parsons Landing Bay came up. It started with a long and very steep uphill. We cooped very well and, again, found an effective power hike rhythm that we kept to the top. The ridgeline was something else and it was more less impossible to not soak in the pure attractiveness and solitude of Catalina Island.

We ran on and mainly I had to suffer pretty badly on the downhill slope. What a beast of a steep ramp that lead us all the way down to next swim share of the race. We found out the hard way that the downhill presentation was dreadful. While entering the aid station before the swim another mixed team passed us. We checked sometimes while running on the ridge if somebody was chasing us. We never saw anyone. So they obviously knew how to move their bodies downhill. We clearly didn’t…

But we had no time to think about that. The imminent swim looked like a rollercoaster. We opted to swim without a rope as the hostile surf was rolling to the beach. A good choice but a bumpy swim nevertheless. I was happy to enter solid grounds after what felt like ages in the sea for a 700 meter swim.

A attired set of pleasant single trails was the course makers “thank you” after this wash machine and after a short run we had a 1300 meter swim on tab. This time the water was qualm and left a little bit of time to enjoy the views. Crystal clear waters permitted the observation of the homegrown fish culture and led to another 3 kilometer run on the dirt roads. We used the clean running to gain valuabe grounds and I was particular happy to constantly sync super well with Robin.

Picture: Pierre Mangez for Ötillö

Next up was the lengthiest swim of the competition – 1600 meters. The waves and the light current was a test. But the major challenge we had to face was the cold water. We never really warmed up during the preceding runs and hurt a lot when we stepped back on land. The gales hit us hard and the bodies never really had a chance to warm up. It took us quite a while to get some heat back in the bodies but faster running on the next 4 kilometers certainly helped a bit.

We went on and never really had more teams in sight which made it tough sometimes to go that extra bit out of the comfort zone. But we kept the positive vibe and spirit. When we started the last 1400 meter swim the wind never allowed the bodies to fully recover. We had to take the very last energy reserves to make it through a swim portion that appeared to never really end.

Later than sooner it did and we arrived at the beach and were content about the simple fact that we survived this last stretch of unfriendly water and ran to the finish line. After 5:54:21 we finished as the fifth mixed team. Though the last swim took ages, it all went fast once we crossed the line. Robin was taken care of by Micke Lemmel as she had proper hypothermia. I was also in bad shape and was stuck in the shower without coins for the warm water. What a fight and massive thanks to Johan Carlsson for organizing all these coins to get me back on track. That was a very long time without clothes in that shower…

Once everyone was back to normal we could enjoy a very relaxed and sociable after race hang-out by the beach and drank too much beer and ate too much delicious burgers. When we heard our names at the price giving we weren’t too sure why but it turned out that our performance was good enough to qualify for the Ötillö world champs. That was a positive surprise and we celebrated it on the ferry journey back to Avalon with everybody and a ARK sponsored free bar. That was some way to kick off Ötillö SwimRun in the US.

Tune of the day: Inwards – Bright Serpent

shoeporn: Hoka One One – Speedgoat 4

It was a few years ago when Hoka One One started to create waves around the running scene. Traditionally the ultra and trail running segment of the scene seems to be more open to new ideas and equipment approaches. Especially the grueling long-distance ultra part of the running scene was the start point for the two Hoka founders Nicolas Mermoud and Jean-Luc Diard. One of the most succesfull athletes in this genre was and still is American runner Karl Meltzer. Meltzer until today has the most wins at ultra distance races and an incredible five wins at the iconic Hardrock 100 under his belt. He was one of the first people that provided the two Frenchmens with input on their crazy idea of high stacked running shoes. In homage to Meltzer’s nickname one of the first models was christened „Speedgoat“. Just now Hoka One One released the fourth update to one of their oldest models range.
Frontline – The Speedgoat in the 4th version is first update to this trail classic that received a major update to nearly every part of the shoe. While it is insignificantly heavier, a major benefit is the better durability and, quite essential for a shoe that should be used off-roads, the grip of the sole.
New heights – the pure stack height of the Hoka One One shoes has been the centre of many discussions. Especially while running on technical trails and off trail, every runner has his personal favor. The feeling for the ground and therefore reaction to what’s coming is quite essential in trail running. The Speedgoat now comes in with a stack height of 28mm. Compared to other trail running models, this is significant higher. While the cushion in itself provides some sort of protection against possible stones or sharp underfoot challenges, a Rockplate has been added to protect the runner from whatever is waiting on the trail.
Inside the ride – A view at the well-balanced cushioning of the shoe and the 4mm Heel-Toe drop that the Speedgoat provides. The new EVA midsole design comes up with a new lightweight foam to enhance a more responsive ride.
Another detailed look at the backend of the shoe and the unique design of the outsole.
Back – a view at the 32 mm high heel with the prominent Logo of the original Speedgoat and godfather of this shoe, Karl Meltzer. Karl rotated 18 pairs of Speedgoats while he was setting the FKT on the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in 45 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes a few years ago. The Speedgoat was the only shoe he used to do so.
And a close-up for better measures.
While you are running on the trails, it is important to have a sole that you can rely on. Usually it takes me several runs with trail shoe to get this trust. As mentioned before, the stack height initially did not provide much secure to my stride but that was gone after just a few runs around different sets of trails and weather conditions. Hoka introduced the Vibram Megagrip rubber outsole and paired it with 5mm lugs to offer proper stabilty. Also important to me is that the mud does not stick to the sole, this has never been the case.
Close up with the Vibram outsole.
Style is to everyone self to judge. I like the large Hoka branding on the site and the fresh look of the 4th version of the Speedgoat. Pictures is the Gold Fusion / Black Iris colouring of the shoe. At least until it is covered with mud after a journey through its natural habitat.
A major change to the upper has been carried out. Comparing this version to the older models, it feels way more breathable and not as rigid as before. To my foot it had a more adaptable and snug fit and generally very comfortable. Paired with a roomier toe box, this provides a lot of comfort especially during longer offroad outings.
Despite a decent stack height the Speedgoat felt amazingly direct and under control on the trails. I never had the feeling to not „feel“ the ground. This, for me is essential when running off-road. Especially on tricky downhills I enjoyed the grip of this neutral running shoe and the protection the Speedgoat provides, even during top speed. Having ran all the other previous models of this product line, I can see a clear update in overall performance and reliability.

Tune of the day: ovrkast. – Try Again

REVIEW: deboer Fjord 1.0

Not often a piece of neoprene raised that many eyebrows. At the start of the 2019, when Jan Frodeno and Daniela Rhyf revealed their newest wetsuit sponsor, only a few people had heard of the netherland-based trade that goes by the name of deboer. Fairly unknown to almost everyone, a brand-new piece of high-end wetsuit was born for the world of triathlon to enjoy it. 

Premium triathlon equipment often comes with a distinctive price tag. The one that was attached to deboers top model, the Fjord 1.0, was quite remarkable. $1,499 for a wetsuit was somewhat unheard of. While triathletes are used to dig deep in their pocket to afford the latest super-bikes and carbon tuned running shoes, neoprene suits did not break the four-digit dollar barrier. Until now. 

The founder and head of the company, Alex de Boer, is no stranger to the business. Since a couple of years he creates and distributes the low-budget triathlon brand „Dare2Tri“. His enthusiasm to create the ultimate wetsuit did not fit into the idea he is following with „Dare2Tri“. A no-compromise approach towards the construction of a wetsuit lead him to start all over again with a fresh marque that leaves no limitation in construction, material sourcing and pricing. 

When deboer showed up with its small range of suits, the brand was the first one to cross the magic $1,000 mark that resulted in the apparent question: Why is this suit so expensive? I try to sum up the three biggest, and pricy differences when it comes to material and the actual process of creating such a suit: 

  • The most obvious change to a standard suit is the chest section. Deboer calls the Limestone neoprene material “Whaleskin”. For obvious reasons. Apparently the material was too expensive to produce so deboer decided to invest in two special presses to create this unique feature. The goal of the “Whaleskin” material is to lift the upper-body out of the water and create more buoyancy and rotation stability for the swimmer.
  • deboer sourced a new material called „Duraflex“. It is used in the arm and shoulder segment of the suit. The 4-way stretch material is extremely durable (…my fingernails left no traces) but highly flexible. It creates some amazing zero resistance shoulder movement. With a mere of 0,3 millimetre thickness, it helps to maintain an unhindered stroke that almost feels natural. Just about. To me a brand new sensation while swimming with a full-body suit. The sleeves are glued with a special tape to provide the utmost flexibility. 
  • Furthermore new glide layer coating technology is used throughout the whole inside of the suit. The result is an amazing water absorption that leaves just enough water in the suits to heat up but feels “lighter” while swimming. Well, and a lighter suit obviously flows better in the water. It also benefits a faster transition as I felt it easier to take the suit off.

Tune of the day: HMLTD – The West Is Dead

INSTASSEL: Santa Catalina

Tune of the day: Squarepusher – Terminal Slam

shoeporn: Skechers – GOrun Razor 3 Hyper

Plenty of prototype-stalking Insta accounts were intensively hyping Skechers up-to-the-minute response to Nikes newest carbon trampoline technique. Skechers sponsored Elites were seen using a architype model with an interesting previously unseen sole making. This plain fact is enough to commonly cause proper uproar amongst social media. Every product that attempts to test Nikes radical newfangled carbon technique and high-stacked Zoom X foam is hailed. I was lucky to get my hand on the long anticipated GOrun Razor 3 by US-Giant Skeckers to see what the hassle is all about.

The first thing that strikes is the plain net weightiness. I was well astounded when I received the parcel and subsequently picked up the shoes. My US13-sized kicks weighted in with a mere of 186 grams. Quite impressive considering the well cushioned base of the Razor 3.
A detailed view to expose the pretty breathable and thin upper that covers a pretty medium sized toe box. But as the upper material is pretty flexible fitting was no problem for me.
Middle Class – But then again what is all that sole talk about? This in particular is the high spot of this model and at this time the vital matter that pretty much enlightens the modern running shoe generation. The industry and customers alike keenly anticipated Skechers response to the bulky midsole drift. Skechers newest sole sector goes by the name of “Hyper Burst” and bids for some outstanding cushioning paired with a noteworthy spring. Even though there is no carbon platter segment in this shoe (…yet), the rebound is momentous and pretty exciting.
Bootlaces – Something that I liked and relish a lot is the tongue of the GOrun Razor 3 Hyper. It is particularly wide and, most importantly, super thin and comfortable. Having enjoyed thin soles in the past, a problem sometimes was that the sole did not stay in place which is not the case with this shoe. Its properly fixed with in the construction and stays in place nicely.
In progress of this assessment I was using this shoe for road tempo workouts but nowadays it is in use for virtually all kinds of runs. Predominantly on the treadmill I seem to like it the most. A upright measure for the provided cushion harmonizing with a great fit and valuable stride support.
Out and about – Well, this is apparently a road running shoe. Traction and comfort on the tarmac is class, even throughout rainy runs that can cause some unsteadiness. Generally the mix of the soft foam and the outsole design goes well together. I’m a front foot striker so after about 100 kilometers there some wear and tear noticeable.
Inside look…
Unquestionably Skechers stays true to their latest design approach. Even though some prototypes of this shoe displayed uncommon paint jobs, the serial model comes in a style the company is known for. All Skeckers models in the Performance range follow the same line with big style logos. As always it is a pretty personal thing to discuss design and everyone has an opinion.
What has to be lined out is that the big letters do not cover ventilation as suspected by many. Some are even located to improve firmness specifically on the lateral portions of the shoe.
Flimflam – Certainly this hype seems to be real. With the newest publication to the performance section Skechers surely hits the right note to please and even amaze serious runners. The utter grace matched with daunting cushioning shapes a enchanting training partner. Bearing in mind the substantial little price tag on the GOrun Razor 3 Hyper this shoe is a winner. The heart and sole is the foam and it is fairly firm, but it takes the hard edge off the pavement. The lightweight style is followed through and balanced with the great foam placement. This creates a shoe that is enjoyable and steadfast. Another step for Skechers and their approach to conquer the running world with high quality running shoes. Well done.

Tune of the day: The Clean Sport Collective – Episode #28: Uli Fluhme, Race Director and Clean Sport Advocate in Cycling

Revaluation

The time of all these yearly reviews is over. Well, you haven’t really made it. Yet.  

Judging my personal inter web statistics more then several people like to read my race reports. I have a hard time writing them as the races happen. Thus i need to hit you once. 

This is it. This is my year in review – The Runssel 2019 chronicles.

“The hood of ya wick-wack low-ridin Cadillac” Picture: Dennis Wernersson

01 – 28.04.2019 Hamburg Marathon

To keep winter training genuine i decided that it would be a bang-up thought to give the marathon in Hamburg a decent shot. Having lived there years ago, i still have various friends there and the city itself is always worth a stay plus the course is known for blistering times. We organized a good gang of people to tag along for this travel and hopped over to northern Germany. 

As life happens, the build up to this competition was far from ideal. Different sick periods broke my training. During the last 4 weeks i started to feel fitter and the workouts went well. I tried to change my entry to the half marathon distance but that did not work out as the race was sold out already. I decided to give the race a go and see how it goes. Just jogging to the finish line wasn’t an alternative for me so i decided to go out in a 3.50ish/k marathon exertion and see how far it would get me. 

Weather conditions were great. Light rain and no wind matched with cool but pleasant temperatures were perfect for fast times. Not so for me that day. I had to put too much effort in to stay on Marathon stride. It was simply too much so i decided to drop out after 15k. I jogged back to the finish line and felt O.K. with the decision. Dragging a a-dynamic dead body through the full 42 kilometres did not feel appropriate. I knew there was more to come. 

02- 01.06.2019 Stockholm Marathon

My friend Jorge came over from Uruguay to pursuit the Uruguayan national record in the 60 to 65 category. I was on pacing duties and helped him to break the actual record by a good bit. It was extraordinary to run my town with him and finish up with the Uruguay flag after 3.06 in the iconic Stockholm Stadion. 

03 – 11.06.2019 Blodomloppet 10k

My company offered free spots to this large fundraiser 10k around Djurgarden in Stockholm. How can one say no to a decent after-work leg shaker. I do run a lot around Djurgarden so i thought that the course does not hold too many surprises for me. Well, little did i know. Stockholm seems to be a plane metropolis but this course wasn’t. A good mixture of gravel roads and off-road sections took out a fair bit of the system. I still favour racing to training so this one asked for a seemly Midweek effort. Worth it. 

“Waitin at a red light, Kentucky Fried Chicken in” Picture: Fredrik Wannerstedt

04 – 15.06.2019 Langholmen Swimrun

If you ask me, there is only one genuine Swimrun race in Stockholm, the race that starts on the island of Langholmen. Langholmen is placed in the very center of the city. An island that is well known to me from swimming around it in the mornings. The 4K cringle is my favored open water venue and the race that starts there has also one of the best Swimrun courses i know. While most competitions follow trails, the Langholmen competition allows for decent road running with several floaty sets of trails and a fair portion of gravel roads. It takes racers crossways town and also shows the interesting non-touristical surroundings this beauteous spot has to offer. 

Knut and i haven’t raced much in collaboration in the last couple of months so i was really looking forward to give this one a decent go aboard the omnipotent Knutterbutters. If you read this blog on a regular basis you’ll know that we had our fair percentage of outings in the past. With the experience we gained in the last few years we were able to just jump in this race and give it a correct smack. And hell did we. It was just one of these days that make all the training worthwhile. We had no low and pushed hard from the start to the finish. 

We won and took down the existent course record by a fair margin. Pretty happy with this one as i respect this race a lot. 

“Cause he got musica grande yeah he got it goin on” Picture: Dennis Wernersson

05 – 03.08.2019 Hasselö Challenge

That was a fun weekend camping and racing around the Loftahammar archipelago. On a short notice we decided to move down to race this one. My training brother Micke and I have never been in that region so we were quite astounded when we got a proper peek at this portion of Sweden. On an awe-inspiring day we stampedthe victory in a bonded mode with a good exertion in this technical and swim heavy race. 

06.08.2019 KK Joggen, Katrineholm

Some other midweek contest over a pretty unaccustomed length of just about 11 kilometres. Sanna convinced me to come to Katrineholm with her to race the local road race. Evidently it is a big one in the Swedish Racing listings and subsequently a cracking and fast bunch showed up. The race is integrated in the city’s yearly jubilation and that resulted into some proper crowds along the hilly course. Once again, a good effort and a solid finish for me. 

Katrineholm Scenes

07 – 10.08.2019 Ångaloppet

Unluckily Micke injured himself prior to this one. I was happy that Seb Olsson was fit to link up on little notice for this iconic Swimrun race. Our skillset was quite contrary as Seb was afraid by my stride on the road and i had a very hard time tailing him on the trails. Yet we synced very well and had an outstanding time on this astonishing course. Seb kept amazing me with his casual off-road running skills. I had to work hard to keep his feet on the ground and we were super solid in the water. At the end we jagged 10th spot and agreed that this was a first-rate blind date!

08 – 31.08.2019 ÖTILLÖ  Final 15K

At one time a year it is time to compete with buddy Henrik Kindgren. I know him for a good while. We met back at the 1st Engadin Swimrun and since then bumped into each other regularly. When i moved to Sweden he helped me a lot to get settled and we made it our very own tradition to race together once a year to celebrate our friendship. For a long time it seemed that this tradition would come to an end in 2019. But fortuitously we both were free to race the last 15 Kilometre of the iconic Otillo course. After my 5 year succession it was also a way for me to actively get caught up in this race that i cherish so much. 

On a glorious day we had a fun race and grinded it out properly. It was so nice to, for once, have the energy and the full consciousness while running and swimming along the last portion of the world championship course. 

“See a few cuties and I turn it up like Bisquick”SPicture: Dennis Wernersson

09 – 07.09.2019 Stockholm Half Marathon

A few drudging weeks of racing came to an end with a start at the local half through the city. When racing Otillo this one was never really on the cards but this year i had the chance to jump into the Stockholm half. 

I came of a soggy period of training and craved to trial what i was capable to get out of these weary legs. The course is no unknown to me and i knew that a few crisp hills where waiting for me. Particularly the last portion when you have to climb up to Södermalm was something that i was well aware of. I set out pretty aspiring and was able to hold it together. In the back of my head i would have liked to dip under the 1.20 but I’ll take the 27 extra seconds and blame my diminutive low-level at around 17k. Outstanding fun to run hard across Stockholm with so many people cheering on along the way. This was a exceptional one for sure. Nothing beats racing at home. 

“Back up ya boys and let’s start the battle” – Stockholm Half – 2k to go!

10 – 13.10.2019 Hässelbyloppet

The end to a long run was a hard-bitten one. I craved to top-up straight after a mellow 20 Kilometre long run with the 10k classic in Hässelby. And it did turn out to be a unsmooth one that i could not execute the way i wanted. After 4K i already felt the effort and did not had the zip to fight it home. As training went A-one and i had no issues i anticipated to get more out of this one. Clearly i was mistaken. I think i just dipped under the 40 minutes barrier. A execution that kept me argus-eyed for the final period of time of NYC preparation and, looking back, created a great part of surplus motivation for hard pre-NYC training. 

“Write another ticket if ya have any left” Pre-Hässelby by Henrik Kindgren

11 – 03.11.2019 NYC Marathon 

If you made it this far it is highly likely that you consume this blog regularly. That means that you have witnessed THIS BLOG POST about my NYC race. If not. Don’t read it… LOL

According to my Spotify, this is my tune of the year: Ward 21 – Groundz

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