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Running off the fat - 2017 Ribbemaraton

Running off the fat - 2017 Ribbemaraton

With my marathon debut one week away (!?!), I started panicking a bit yesterday, and thought it was worth starting a separate thread for this event.

The name "Ribbemaraton" refers to the fact that you're meant to be running off the fat from the pork belly/ribs that people in Oslo traditionally eat for Xmas. The event goes from one running shop west of Oslo to another one southeast of Oslo, and is fairly informal. The runners need to keep track of where they're going themselves, and stop at gas stations and the like to refuel and go to the toilet. Apparently they've parked cars at certain locations to offer buns and Coke on the way in the past. It's considered a social run, and one person is responsible for making sure the backpackers (me, I would think) find their way, and take as long as they need. No bling, but a race beanie upon arrival.

As I've mentioned before, the event passes by my living room window, which I now know happens at 24 K. This is what brought my attention to this event several years ago.

My training for the past month or so has not focused on the distance so much, as I pretty much plan to run for 20 minutes, walk for 1-2 minutes. I've been focusing on acquainting myself with the route. The middle section is my regular running route, although I generally run east to west. The final section is along a road I know fairly well, although I generally only run a small section of it - but after 3 or 4 runs along it recently, am fairly familiar with.

Yesterday I ran the first section. I was hoping to run all the way to my house, but I wasn't able to start til after 12, having to do some work first and take two trains to get there. I hadn't factored in that this would be the second-darkest day of the year, and that the sun would start setting around 2:30 pm. And as I was running without my contact lenses and it was pretty foggy by the time time I reached the city center, things were a bit risky!

I ran with my studded shoes, but it was really hard going as there was lots of snow. I had laminated a card with the route, but spent a lot of time trying to figure if I was going the right way. A lot of it was through residential areas where the snow hadn't been cleared. This meant that both the mental and physical effort stole an awful lot of my energy. By the time I hit the harbour promenade, I felt that the experience resembled the Ecotrail race I've done twice in May. I spent so much energy on the first 10 K that I didn't have much left for the supposedly easy part. I decided to be smart, and called it a day by the time I ran through the city center and got to the tram that goes up the hill to my home.

I took 2:35 to run 18K, which means that I have a 6-hour marathon ahead of me. I felt disheartened yesterday, but have checked the event results from the past two years, and there have been participants who have taken up to 7:11 to complete, so unless I break down completely, I should be OK. And to be fair, if I feel completely dead by the time I reach my house, I can call it a day. At least I now know the whole route, so hopefully I won't need to spend as much mental energy trying to navigate the course!

I've decided to end my running streak, and give my legs a chance to be eager and willing to run next Wednesday. The race director recommends trail shoes, so I'll probably do a short run tomorrow in my trail shoes to see if I feel safe running in them. I'm not so sure. He's Norwegian, and an ultra runner, so his shoe needs are different than mine!

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Oh, that sounds like a really tough run yesterday, wise decision to get on the tram. I love that your living room window will be a km marker for you. Good luck, hope those legs get some rest.

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You’re ready now! There will be more folks on the course on race day, and spectators, marshals etc, so that should help with the route. I think run walk is the way to go. I did it on my recent marathon to make sure I finished. It took me just under 6 hours. Sounds a long time but it goes surprisingly fast. I didn’t look at my watch til 24k, the time having flown by 🙂

I ate two hours before, my usual porridge with honey, but DOUBLE quantity 😋

Good luck with it! It’s so exciting is it it 😃👍💪🏃‍♀️

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Thanks for the tip and encouragement! There won't be any spectators or marshals, as it's a very small event. There were 170 runners last year. Last year my son and I went out to cheer on the runners, and the few that noticed us were very surprised.

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There were 25 in my marathon but we did have some marshals and spectators 😁

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Wow, best of luck on your first marathon! It sounds like you've got the course figured out and the break for your legs is a great idea. It is so great that it goes right by your house. I'm sure it'll be a wave and carry on (and perhaps a hug from family to fuel you on for the homeward stretch). Here's hoping for decent weather and a fuel pack that doesn't freeze! Will be looking forward to your race report.

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Good luck!!! I'll be thinking about you next week.

My first marathon took me over 5 hours and was on tricky terrain, although not as tough as yours, and not snowy. Even so I found that it was jarring on my eyes after a while, especially as I became more tired. It was necessary to be very watchful of my step, and I thought it useful to stop every so often and re-focus at different distances to give those peepers a break :)

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That's a really good point. I don't generally suffer from them, but a few years ago I had a couple of migraines triggered by sharp light and exertion (skiing). I've never exerted myself for more than 3 hours before, so relaxing my eyes might be extra important!

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Maybe some good sunglasses too?

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I'm exhausted today. Dreamt that I ran the marathon last night - and it wasn't pleasant. Will need to work on some positive visualization before next Wednesday. I need my sleep!

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Sorry to hear you had such a rough night. Your subconscious is fretting about the race. Not surprising, I'm sure we'd all feel the same way. Sending you positive vibes your way for a good race and some restful sleeps leading up to your race.....

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Gorgeous pics.... and good luck!! Please don’t get hung up on time. If it’s a more challenging marathon it will take longer. Just focus on finishing and conserving energy for that.... it’s great that you have familiarised yourself with the route too 😎

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Good luck C3PO ! It looks like a tough run, but you are well prepared and familiar with the route. Your nerves sound like they are trying to trick you now. Your run-walk strategy sounds like a good practical approach. Those are some beautiful pics and stunning views you have too. I can't give you any advice as you are way ahead of me - but I am sending all my mental support your way. Remember - the force is with you!

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Wow only 1 week away!! :) we all have faith in you Cristina, you are a strong runner and i'm sure you will do well. The rest week will do you good........

Hope you have a very Happy Christmas with your family

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That sounds like a tough one! But you have more than done your preparation so although it won't be easy I am sure you can do it. And like Ju-Ju says time is not important. Good luck!

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Report in a separate thread, so I can include photos!

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