Tuesday, 6 November 2012


Kids! Don't do drugs. 13 km under a dark, crispy clear Monday evening sky is better than any drug. Not that I've ever tried drugs, but the endorphin-induced euphoria after a tough fartlek / technique session together with Skellefteå's running club was so overwhelming that I can't imagine many things that are better than that. Not even chocolate.

I guess that means it's official, now that I've outed myself. I've joined a running club. Meaning I can't come up with excuses not to do my interval training any more. The coach will be watching.

Sometimes I enjoy running by myself. Maybe I have things on my mind that I need to process. Maybe I just want to run without pressure, at my own pace. Other times I need to be reminded that I'm not alone, that there are other runners out there who get injured, have dreams and love running, just like me. Oh how I missed the company of my running buddies on a long run.

That is why I ran to meet with Skellefteå AIK just before 7 last night. I started chatting with one of the 12 runners waiting there, and I immediately felt welcome. I had my first invitation to join a lunch-hour run 2 minutes later. There was no ice to be broken here. Not even under our feet.

Coach Kenth explained what we would be doing and we set out on an easy jog to get warmed up. People joked about things, teased each other, seemed to have known each other for years. I felt at home, even though I didn't even know these people. It was the sense of belonging in the great family of runners, having something so simple in common. Then, things got serious. After doing some technique drills, we formed a long queue and jogged on. The last person in the queue then sprinted past the rest of us to become the first person. So we continued for a while, and I gave it my all each time it was my turn. Light on my feet, arms swinging back and forth, eyes focused on the head of this jogging snake. A mix of exhilaration and tiredness settled in my bones, and when coach Kenth announced that we would be running back, I felt relieved and proud of myself. I left the group a couple of kilometres before we got back and ran home instead, as I had already exceeded the 10km-mark that I had planned to run.

And that is the greatest (and only?) danger of joining a group like this. It is so much fun that you might forget yourself and run further than you had planned. Already I am trying to figure out how I can fit even more running into my busy training schedule. I mean, those lunch-hour sessions won't run themselves...


  1. Men vad seriöst det låter att gå med i löparklubb! Tufft! Och ett bra sätt såklart både att lära känna nytt folk och nya omgivningar!

    Fast jag har gått med i skidlubb faktiskt! I Skatås! *mallig*

    1. Nja, klubben är på motionärnivå, så det är inte så tufft :) Lagom för mig just nu...
      Fantastiskt! Även om Göteborg kanske inte har de bästa vintrarna för det :-/ Hoppas ni får en riktig vinter iår (och vi med - jag tänkte också börja åka skidor)

  2. Jag har varit så dålig på att läsa bloggar ordentligt. Haft fullt upp med att vara trött.. Sista dagen på penicillinet idag och löparklubb låter ju grymt!
    Då kanske jag skulle våga springa i mörker också.
    Jag är så sugen på löpning nu. Det rycker i kroppen, men inbillar mig att jag ska sluta äta penicillin först. Vill inte bli sjuk igen.

    På måndag kanske :D Jag lovar att uppdatera den dagen skorna åker på igen.

    Ha en fin helg kära du!

    1. Men stackars dig! Det har varit hur långdraget som helst...skönt att det är sista dag iaf, snart är du på banan igen :D
      Ha en fin helg du med!

  3. Hi there

    I'm quite new to Skelleftea and wanted to get back into running. The club sounds really good. I used to be part of a running club when I lived down south and am keen to get going again. Where can i find more information? Or can I show up for a session, in whcih case when and where?

    1. Hi Richard,
      You're welcome to come by and try it! We meet for interval training Mondays at 19.00 outside Norrvalla, easy distance runs (around 11 km) are Wednesdays at 17.15 by the Eddahallen reception and long runs (about an hour and a half usually) are Saturdays at 09.00 on the ground floor of the hockey arena. This Saturday is an exception as they're meeting outside Sunnanåskolan for a longer run of around 24 km.
      If you can read Swedish, here's the link to the club's website with more information:
      Let me know if you need any more information, I'd be happy to help!

  4. Hi Shaman

    Interval training sounds great. I'm a long way from being able to run 11km. My goal is to get back up to 5 ks, that's what i was doing a few times a week before the break. I'l lcheck the site you mentioned now and show up and go from there.

    Thanks for the info

    See you around