Today I put into practice all the new running ideas to tackle my knee pain. All at once. 250 ml Hornet Juice before the run, tried the 9/1 run/walk strategy and kept in mind to pull my lower leg always up, actively using my hamstrings. I was carrying an other 500 ml bottle Hornet Juice mixed with some Energy-super-something and felt more prepared than ever. I didn’t expect it to be easy, but I hoped it hadn’t been as hard as it turned out to be. Yes, my knees didn’t give in this time and yes, I managed to do my longest and furthest training run to date, but there is a but. It wasn’t fun, I am absolutely shattered and annoyed by all this over-engineered running. I can’t really say I felt some special boost through the Hornet Juice to start with. This whole “fueling” idea just takes my focus from running and I find myself thinking more about the next sip out of the bottle. The same with the 9/1 run/walk approach that says, run for 9 minutes and then walk 1. Apart from the fact that you have a nice break to take some pictures, again I found myself only focusing on the next break, especially when I got tired later in the run. It didn’t work for me and in the end I had to stop this rigid run/walk pattern. And then the hamstrings. They can be convinced to be quite active up to k 20 at best, but after that no change: I was dragging my feet and lower legs along as usual. But there was one tip that really seemed to work: Shortening the strides and try to place the foot under your knee and not in front of it. This was something I still can do, when I was close to collapsing. But an enjoyable run is something different. However, I am posting some of the pictures I took to remind myself of the nice route and that every cloud has a silver lining.