Here's a photo of me and Lisa after the race. Each runner got a free Fanta, cinnamon roll, and banana. I was still full from lunch!
The new shoes worked well, but I did get some small blisters on the edge of the balls of both feet. Perhaps the shoes are a bit too narrow; or perhaps I just need to put some surgical tape on the areas where I got blisters the next time I run such a long distance. In any event, the blisters I got with these shoes on a run of 21 km are not as bad as the ones I got with my old shoes on a run of 12 km; so I consider the new shoes an improvement. I was lucky that the shoes worked so well the first time I ran any significant distance in them.
I had another problem that was quite frustrating: I ate too much for lunch, and too late in the day. I had four big breakfast tacos around 13:30, and the race began at 17:10. The tacos attempted to escape my stomach on several occasions during the race. As a consequence I had to slow down periodically to let my stomach calm down. I also didn't dare to drink very much of the water and sports drink that was on offer at several points along the race course; drinking only seems to make a full stomach a bigger problem. Next time I'll have a big breakfast early in the morning and then just have a couple of pieces of fruit for lunch.
I am absolutely beat. I am probably more exhausted than I've ever been. This definitely tops the 12 mile backpack to Black Mountain Camp at Philmont. At least on that hike we had all day to do it! The race was very hard, but I am glad I did it. I think if I run more regularly and try to run longer distances at least once a week the next race will be easier.
I'll sleep well tonight.
I got some new running shoes for the race tomorrow. They were expensive but they feel really good. The thing like most about them is their good arch support. My other shoes don't provide quite enough support under the arch of the foot, and I tend to get a blister from the resultant chafing during runs longer than 10 km. With any luck these new shoes will eliminate that problem. They're called Adidas Supernova Control. I bought them at Löplabbet for 1100 SEK. Like I said, not cheap. The same shoe can be found for less elsewhere, but the guy at Löplabbet was very helpful so I don't mind spending a bit more. The shoes have some fabric sections on the sole that look like vents. Whether they're actually vents or not I don't know; they could be just decoration. I hope the fabric doesn't absorb water; that could make the shoes heavy. The forecast for tomorrow is for excellent weather, around 20 degrees C and sunny.
Here's a view from the ferry this afternoon, returning from Tobbe's bachelor part. We spent the evening yesterday on Edö in the northeast part of the Stockholm archipelago. It was absolutely lovely, especially today. It was a perfect day.
In Governor Schwarzenegger's speech at the RNC last night, he said:
"If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope for democracy, then you are a Republican."
For all the applause he got, it seems the audience overlooked the fact that Schwarzenegger's comment was profoundly anti-democratic. The clear implication of his comment is that one nation is better suited to deliver democracy to the world than a democratic assembly of all nations. History has not borne out this theory.
No single nation can be the best hope for democracy.
Governor Schwarzenegger's comment typifies the sort of simple-minded fearmongering so distasteful in recent Republican rhetoric. Schwarzenegger's comment was damaging and uncessary; it will only reinforce the perception that Americans are arrogant and uninterested in the rest of the world.