Ingebrigtsen passed the final crossing point at 20 kilometers, but never made it across the finish line in Copenhagen.
In reality, he had given up after 12 kilometers.
– Then I stopped for ten minutes to be my brother’s pacesetter, Henrik Ingebrigtsen told NRK.
He dragged his brother for a distance of 21 kilometers, then left the path.
– It’s deep inside. It lies… deep inside. But I try to be reasonable. I tried to use my mind, but it went against my instincts, Henrik Ingebrigtsen told NRK.
Thinking “oh shit”
This was Henrik Ingebrigtsen’s half marathon debut. He hoped to get to 62-63, but that never happened.
– I started at the pace I expected. After six or seven kilometers I felt it in my muscles. I think “oh shit”, now he has enough muscle, Ingebrigtsen said.
Then he had to come to his senses.
– The important thing now is to get good basic and torque training in fall and winter training. It’s like a bonus. I hate to spoil the race, but I have to think about what I can gain from this. Does this make sense to maintain? he asked.
The answer is no, and therefore there is also a stop after twelve kilometers.
– I was allowed by people around me to keep quiet if I promised to rest if I felt something.
He has a bad injury history. Hamstring, Achilles and heel problems kept him from running shoes early in his career.
He himself mentioned the desire to always be involved and never give up as one of the reasons.
– That mentality is what caused me to get injured. That I drive headlessly without critical. I think I’m too old for that mentality now. There was explosion after explosion. So I will never get out of this problem, said Ingebrigtsen.
Although there were no significant results in Copenhagen, his debut gave more flavor.
– IIronically, I’m quite positive. I think it might be a perfect fit for me. The speed and movement pattern is quite in line with my stride. But then I have to focus more on capacity in training. I haven’t done that now, Ingebrigtsen said.
His next big goal is the Olympics in Paris next year. Henrik Ingebrigtsen wants to go there, and that requires injury-free preparation in the fall and winter.
– “The most important thing for me is to come back and start training and fighting against the best athletes in the world on the track,” Ingebrigtsen said.
Norwegian record for Grøvdal
Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal ran 67:34 in the Copenhagen half marathon. This time is an official Norwegian record.
– The goal is a personal record and a Norwegian record, so I am very satisfied, said Grøvdal after the race.
Grøvdal was sixth in the women’s class, which was won by Irene Cheptai (Kenya).
– It was a perfect course for sprinting, but the weather was a bit too hot to get a really fast time, said Grøvdal.
Despite Norway’s record, Ingrid Kristiansen ran faster. In 1987 he ran 66:40, but his track was never under control. Therefore, this time does not count as a Norwegian record.
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