Tonight I ran a little more than 12 km, in 1 hour and 11 minutes. I started around 19:20 and ran clockwise all the way around Brunnsviken. 1h11 seems like a longer time than previous runs. I know why: nowadays, I'm following the Brunnsviken hälsan's stig (health trail) more closely than before. The trail actually follows the shore of the lake quite closely, and in the past I did not know about all the sections of the trail. This means that some of my earlier runs involved some stretches along roads that take a straighter shot than the trail does. Now that I'm following the edge of the water more closely, I am of course running a longer distance. I estimate that the way I ran before, I was running only 11 km.
Here's a map of the trail (PDF, 713 KB). I usually start my run at the kilometer marker near my home in Bergshamra, near the North end of the lake.
During most of the run, I felt quite good, but I did get a bit tired at the end. I got small blisters on the outer edges of the balls of both feet. I guess I'm going to have to tolerate these until my soles get a bit thicker. I'm starting to get used to the 12 km distance. There was a time when this run really wiped me out for a few days; but now I feel ready to run again the next day. It's gratifying to witness this improvement in my condition, and it gives me some hope that I'll be able to prepare adequately for the marathon.
After the run, I took a shower and went dancing at La Isla for a couple of hours. I saw many familiar faces I hadn't seen in a couple of months. I also got my first chance in a while to dance the Rueda. That was a lot of fun. I also chatted with my friend there, Pascal. It turns out that he's a marathon runner too; he gave me lots of helpful advice about training, diet, and sleep strategies for preparing for the race.