Monday, April 16, 2007

Kvantumjoggen

I have no idea what Kvantumjoggen means, but I ran that 10K on Sunday. The trip there was almost harder than the race itself. Bus ride from hotel to Odenplan in the city, then subway to T-Centralen train station, then train to the town of Huddinge, then bus to Källbrinksskolan. Phew!

Good thing the race started at 12:00 noon. Bad thing that the sun was out and it was actually getting warm. I skipped the warm-up aerobics set to Swedish rock music, although I almost reconsidered when they played a cover to "The Winner Takes It All".

We were in quite an idyllic track setting in the middle of a forest. From the infield, all you could see were tall trees along the entire edge of the track. Here's a google map with the reddish track in the center.

Close to noon, about a couple hundred of us gathered near the 200m starting line. Various announcements were made, and then we were off. The pace was fast in the beginning. I was just there for the ride, so I settled into a more relaxed pace at the back of the pack. We wound our way through a residential neighborhood shown in the bottom right portion of the map. There turned out to be a couple of nasty small hills and one long gradual uphill, made worse by the fact that it ended up being a double loop out and back!

By the second loop, I was ready for this to be over. Somehow I slogged through the hills one more time. For the grand finale, they picked an alternate approach to the finish, and had us go up this really steep incline to get to the track. At the top of the incline, I entered the track, ran 100m, and finished in 55:01. I’m glad I ran and I was glad it was over. I took the same bus and train back into town, grabbed some lunch, and then parked myself at a sidewalk café in Sodermalm. I had a cappuccino, and watched the afternoon and beautiful people go by.

6 comments:

Josh said...

A last minute business trip to Sweden and you still manage to find a race... I am impressed!

David said...

Very nice. It must have taken you an extra 10 minutes to spell those town names correctly .. but how would we know? Show off.
I am downright jealous of your being able to run a race in a foreign land.

Anne said...

I'm curious how the race compared to the typical 10k here in the States, particularly in terms of runners and organization. Oh, and nice job.

jeanne said...

How did you find this race? Did people talk to you?

Discuss.

Nice work, too!

peter said...

So how many miles is a 10K race in Sweden?

Rae said...

HOW COOL!! You are now an international competitor!! That's awesome, great job!

One day you will have to tell us what you do for a living for all this exciting travel!