Grøvdal could not stand – refused to run
Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal will chase the Norwegian record in the 3000 meters during the Bislett Games on Thursday.
– It is reasonable to arrange light hare at 8.30. Norway’s record of 8.31 is a natural goal. I find it realistic, said Grøvdal at a press conference on Tuesday.
It’s Grete Waitz who holds the Norwegian record, with a time of 31.8.75, from 1979. Grøvdal once ran under that time, when she ran 30.8.84 at Bislett in 2021, but she raced against a male bunny and an out of step shoe. .
However, Grøvdal had trouble refilling.
– I had this sensation in the soles of my feet after a workout just over two weeks ago, and then you get a little stressed out. I could barely walk after that so I had to do an MRI and find out. Luckily, no major discoveries, but to stop the process, they say it will take at least two weeks without running, he told NRK.
As a result, there are many alternative trainings.
– A lot of skiing, a little water running and a lot of boring stuff. But it was already better than feared, and the pain went away quickly. I’ve started running again and haven’t felt a thing, and that’s part of the reason why I chose to run here even though it’s not by the book when it comes to injury and rehabilitation.
– So you took a risk, to put it mildly?
– No, of course not. Because it went really well, but maybe better than everyone expected, so I’m not taking any risks
He admits that injuries have left him a little uncertain ahead of Thursday’s race, but it is clear that the desire to set records is overwhelming.
– I know that at my normal level I’m around the record. Shouldn’t have focused too much on the record, but it was clear that it was rather important to me to have that name on paper on a number of records. That means I’m not afraid to turn on the light at 8:30, he says.
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