"My Marathon" from five minutes to the Oslo Triple

Previously, Magnus was a passionate Chelsea supporter where beer and pub food were at the center. In 2010, the 30-year-old from Oslo only managed to run five minutes, on September 17 he signed up for the Oslo trip and has put several ultra races with good performances behind him.

In early 2010, I asked my current wife if she thought I had put on weight. She could gently confirm that my concerns were true. My first run was therefore a related fact, says Magnus.

Magnus' first run was in January, and he owned neither training clothes nor running shoes. He therefore went for a walk in boots, a hoodie and a huge pair of sweatpants. After five minutes he gave up and realized that he was in indescribably bad shape. That month there were three such trips in 5 minutes, before he gave up for a while with the running.

For his birthday in March, Magnus got his first pair of running shoes. This gave him motivation to start training. The goal was first and foremost to get in better shape and lose weight.

The runs were easier in sneakers (naturally enough!) And swimming trunks! I could move easier and have more stamina! This was fun and gave me the will to continue, says Magnus.

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In 2011, Magnus participated in the Sørkedalsløpet, an 11 km long cross-country race. That day was the rainiest in several years and Magnus posed in cotton sweatpants, a Chelsea suit and an oversized windbreaker. The equipment absorbed enough water so that he became 5 kg heavier.

I had folded up the cotton sweatpants and this gathered water so that it looked like two large balls of water dangling around my legs. You can say that I really had an a-ha experience this day and that my legs were again well planted in the asphalt or mud in Sørkedalen. After completing alone in 1 hour and 7 minutes and being soaking wet, I was left with a good experience, says Magnus.

In 2014, Magnus participated in his first marathon in Oslo, and came in at 04.06.50. He then signed up for the Jessheim half marathon where he finished in the time 01.40. Self-confidence grew and the amount of exercise increased accordingly.

I felt a wonderful joy to have running in my life. This was simply an enrichment in every possible way. Running helped me sort out thoughts and solve difficult problems. I gained better self-confidence, became calmer and performed well on other fronts in life, says Magnus.

In 2015, the Oslo Marathon was again the big goal and Magnus dreamed of getting under 3.30. Magnus finished at 3.29.00, an indescribable feeling filled him and he wanted to cry and laugh at the same time.

I think I only experienced a similar feeling when my children were born and I met my wife. And that says a bit! For the first time, I saw myself as a real runner, says Magnus.



In 2015, Magnus also completed the 12 hour race at Bislett Stadium where he finished in 4th place in the men's class and won his age class with 106.5 km behind him !!

The 2015 season ended with a 50 km terrain halt at Sessvollmoen where he came in 6th place in total.

2016 season

  • Bislett 50 KM: completed on time 3.59.10 and a 33 place overall.
  • Sentrumsløpet: completed 10 km in a time of 38.56
  • Marathon in Drammen: personal record with the time 3.13.37. Number five in total and number three in the age group.
  • NM in Ultra: 100 km in Bergen May 7, the main goal is to complete in less than 9 hours.
  • The Oslo triple during the Oslo Marathon: The main goal is to run the marathon part on sub 3 and get in for 6 hours in total. Am also happy if I push on the marathon piece. Sub 3 is tough stuff!
  • The 12-hour race Bislett: The main goal is to get a top three position and run at least 120 km in total. If I manage that, there will be a 24-hour race in 2017.


Exercises between 12-16 hours a week on average, divided into 2-3 sessions a day.

Example of a typical training week (this varies):

  • Monday: 1st session: often starts the week calmly with 10 km, 2nd session: 6-15 km at a leisurely pace, preferably uphill
  • Tuesday: 1st session: progressive session of between 10 and 15 km, 2nd session: calm 6-10 km
  • Wednesday: 1st session: calm session 10 km, 2nd session: 6-10 km calm 3rd session: intervals 4 x 8 min threshold + warm-up / jogging (usually a 10-11 km in total on these) Can also run intervals in the morning instead of in the evening.
  • Thursday: 1st session: calm 6-10 km, 2nd session :. quiet 6-10 km.
  • Friday: 1st session: speed increase 8-10 km, 2nd session: calm 6-10 km
  • Saturday. long trip, anywhere from 2 to 6 hours between 20-60 km
  • Sunday: recovery. Cycling, hiking or skiing.

Also puts in some strength sessions during the week, but I have to get even better at this. I get an average of 1-2 sessions where I train core muscles.

Check out Team Stalsberg who runs for Stine Sofie's foundation on Facebook here.

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Age: 45

Residence: Bærum

Distance during the BMW Oslo Marathon 2020:
I run half, and of course aim to have the widest smile all the way.

Previous participation in the Oslo Marathon:
«10 for Grete» 2013, Half Marathon 2014 and 2015, 2017 and 2018 and marathon in 2019.

Three words that describe me:
Outgoing, Smiling, Energetic

Instagram: @muddylicious