Right after the mad run
Another legendary cooper test with Mikko Lehtonen today at Eläintarha track. Lehtonen lost less than two laps doing 2850m. Last round was in spring 2006. That wasn’t anything spectacular. But before that we had the legendary one in Oulunkylä track in spring 2005 when I had just started to run again. In Oulunkylä I took it like a race with full preparation, sovaldi track shoes, doctor and everything. I managed just short of 3600m and was very surprised to do such a great result. I remember however being completely dead after the run. So was Lehtonen.
Today it became legendary mainly because of circumstances. I had the achilles thing over the weekend and had sent a text message that we need to cancel the race. I took it off from my calendar. Then, out of the blue, I got a call at 11:52 today when I’m browsing in the University of Helsinki library. It’s Lehtonen.
“So you are warming up here somewhere?” he goes
“What? Where… are you at Eläintarha now? What the fuck?” I’m realizing it right away
“Yes… so I guess you are not?”
“You didn’t get my text message? My achilles was bad and I wanted to postpone this.”
“What message… you must have used my old number…”
“Ok, so I fucked it up… well… the achilles is ok now and, besides, I have sneakers… how much time you got?”
“Half an hour.. got to get back to work…”
“You can hold for 10… 15 minutes…? I’m getting there what the fuck!”
It’s 11:57 and I call from Kaisaniemi park, running, my laptop hitting the back, and my jeans getting wet.
“You have a stopwatch?” I ask
“You got a Nokia phone? They must have some functionality like that, find it out!”
It’s 12:06 and I call again.
“I’m right behind the corner so get ready. You have a watch for us?” I shoot
“No, it doesn’t give you seconds, just minutes”
“Well, ok, my iPhone has a music player, let’s put Dire Straits’ Telegraph Road, it shows you elapsed time!”
A quick toilet visit, jeans off, iPhone gives me actually a nice stopwatch with big numbers, and at about 12:10 we are on! I’d say it was a pretty strong run with zero preparation in underpants, Karhu’s not-so-fast shoes and a thick sweater. Lehtonen did also rather good. We planned to do the next round in August and targets are 3800/3000m respectively.