By in Sports

Kranjska Gora 10K Run Was A Swift Story

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, August 15th, 2018. Assumption day is a national holiday and a work-free day in Slovenia. Traditionally it is also the day that the city of Kranjska Gora, a well-known ski resort, organizes a running event called Kranjskogorska 10ka or Kranjska Gora 10K Run .

The race is a relatively flat and turn-free event with 5 kilometers run in the direction of Rateče on am asphalt road, closed to the traffic. After 5-kilometer mark is reached, runners make a U-turn and come back to the finish.

Since the run starts at 6 PM, conditions are usually favorable for the runners when you take into consideration that summer heat is still present and the air is quite humid.

I am a regular at the event. My second fastest 10K time was set here eleven years ago.

This year, as is the case in recent years, I am running slow runs and have no leg speed at all. I take advantage of this race to stretch my legs and remind them of faster days.

The plan was to start at a moderate tempo, keep it constant and finish in under 55 minutes.

The reality was somewhat different. The tempo was fairly constant, yet it was not moderate. Not for my current fitness level. I run the first kilometer in 4:25 and said to myself: "Boy, this is too quick!" Nevertheless, I pushed on and tried to stay on this level. Which I did, surprisingly.

Without any real issues, I managed to finish in a time of 46:55. I was really satisfied with the result. A tempo of 4:41/km without any decent speedwork is a present which I am glad to accept anytime.

After this brief speed affair, it is time to go back to longer and slower runs and to prepare for long runs in September.

The official results are available here .

Here I am with Puma. No, she didn't run with me. I don't want to put here in an awkward position in a crowd. Mark my retro outfit. This running shirt is 14 years old.

Photo by Lemark

Image Credit » Ervin Lemark

You will need an account to comment - feel free to register or login.


VinceSummers wrote on August 16, 2018, 6:37 PM

Slowing down. It's what we do. I had to look up Assumption day. What makes the Catholic Church think Mary's body went to heaven? I'm thinking of 1 Corinthians 15:50 when I say that...

MegL wrote on August 17, 2018, 1:56 AM

Congratulations. Keeping going is important as is having goals to work towards.

AliCanary wrote on August 18, 2018, 12:20 AM

Good job! I could never run 10k, but maybe walk.

AliCanary wrote on August 18, 2018, 12:22 AM

I think Mary was considered too holy to have to go through Purgatory for three days, and she just went directly to Heaven, no messy death and decomposition and all that.