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Krakow 17.09.2006
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Mentally tough days before the 10k in Krakow, Poland

The last days before my race in Krakow, Poland, were full of mental up's and down's. After a good workout on Wednesday I finally felt ready to race good again and then in the evening I had pain and was very unsure about what it was and how long time it would take. Then on Thursday I was sure that my season was over and I started to plan a short vacation for my family. On Friday I started to hope that maybe it would be possible to do some race's anyway.. It was mentally very hard to turn my focus back on to competing after being sure that my season was over. I used all Saturday to focus on getting back the mental strength I would need to race in Krakow.

I was very unsure before the race. I did a long warm up to be sure that my muscles were all ready for some fast work. Normally I would do some jumping and do some strides before start, but not this time. I was still not sure if my leg would be ok for the whole 10k and I didn't want to take any chances. Therefore it was good for me that we didn't start to fast. For the first short lap around the Market place of Krakow we all stayed together. Then after approximately one km I felt that my leg were ok and I decided to push the pace a little. No one followed me.... I was surprised because I didn't think that I walked very fast! I told my self to continue this pace and see how it would be. Between 4 and 7 km it was hard to keep up the pace walking all alone. But somehow the crowd helped me keeping up my pace. I ended up winning the 10km race in Krakow in 42:48. It was hard alone, but I was very happy.

Results

The competition course on the Market place in Krakow, Poland

The men are ready to start

The women's race

Yes, I won!!!

The women's price ceremony

 

©Kjersti Tysse Plätzer