On Friday I finally completed my entry for the Nordmarka Skogsmaraton. As with most sporting events, you enter online and then pay via bank transfer. It took me a few attempts to realise that, despite the field being exactly the right length, I shouldn’t include the periods in the account number that was quoted. Anyway, with the entry submitted it was time to put in a bit of training, particularly as the sun was out.
On Saturday, I did a 23km loop up past Frognerseteren and Tryvannstua to Blankvann and back via Ullevålseter and Sognsvann. The return section forms the last part of the marathon so it’ll be interesting to see how my legs cope with all of the downhill with another 20km under my belt.
On Sunday, I started out along the first part of the marathon route from Sognsvann up to Skjersjødammen via Hammeren. I was then quite grateful to leave the gravel tracks at Ullevålseter and follow the winding footpaths back to Rishøgda and home over Vettakollen. A round trip of just under 18km.
All in all, a good weekend’s training although I am hoping it will be a little cooler on the day than the 25°C+ that we’ve had all weekend. Perhaps just slightly unfortunate that this training should come only two weeks before the day itself. Anyway, it means I can just rest between now and then!