The main running event of the year is over now. The flu I had three weeks earlier affected still the last days preparations and I didn't feel very easy to breath there in Lapland. The weather was perfectly cool but air felt quite dry. Still, I decided to run with my 3 hours target time.
I planned to start the route very slowly because the first 2.5 kilometres there was hard uphill. Then I thought to speed up but it didn't feel very easy. I also felt my stomach didn't work very well so I didn't want to risk the finish line crossing so I just decided to go slower than planned.
There was surprisingly peaceful to run with the three hours target. When I checked last year's results there was more runners who had run over 3 hours time and I thought I could have had more company there on the route but actually I had to run almost alone. Still, I feel that the finish line came easily and I wasn't that depressed during the last kilometres as I have been earlier. The medals of the Ruska Maraton looks nice and it was nice to have even if the time was over 3:10.
The muscles feels better already than after the previous half marathons I have run but lungs feel a bit more stuffy instead. And I could take running steps already today beside the bicycling kids. Even if the running was slower, somehow I succeed in steady running pace better than ever. I'm very happy that even if there was over 60 metres variation in the altitude I could keep up running till the end. And yes, I'm already planning the events for the next spring.
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