I know, this post probably should have been posted on the 31st of December, shame on me! Even though we are a good week into the new year, I still would like to look back together with you on 2013.
If I was to sum up 2013, it would probably with the word weird. It really has been a weird and emotional year, where I have felt every emotion from crying-my-eyes-out-sad to life-cant-get-any-better-happy. I have been unemployed for a couple of months (which definitely attributed to the crying-my-eyes-out-sad, found my dream job (happy-happy-joy-joy), somehow found the resources to travel to Stockholm, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Madrid, Zagreb, Malmo, Aarhus, Odense, Samsø and Hamburg, and made some new amazing friends!
Last year I made some goals for 2013 and to be honest, I kinda forgot about them. Reading them again 1 year later made me realise both how short and long 1 year can be! Even though it felt like it was over in a blink, I can see now that I achieved a lot more than I felt I did.
- Find the perfect and cheap (!) take-away place: I definitely have some favorite take-away places (such as: Quattro Fontane Due ApS), but I still haven’t found thát place. Something that is affordable and makes you really happy on a Friday night.
- Be fluent in Danish: this definitely is my biggest achievement in 2013. I finalised all Danish education (level C1 from the European Framework) and I’m really happy I finally feel that I can participate in Danish society *how cheesy that might sound*.
- Finnish half a marathon: at the beginning of the year I ran the half marathon CPC loop in the Hague and while I said afterwards I would NEVER do that again, I signed myself up again for another half marathon in March 2014.
- Read all the Harry Potter books: while I did started with the books see proof, I unfortunately can’t say I have finished them. So I will take this goal with me to 2014, but nothing bad about that, since I really enjoyed the first 2 books!
- Send mail by post: my parents where the main receiver for this, I’m not sure if I failed or succeeded in this goal. But I feel like, in general, I could have more correspondence with my friends (those perhaps who don’t read this blog).
- Find my dream job: it still feels weird to write this down, but working for the company where I already wanted to work when I was in high-school, feels amazing! Besides learning Danish, this is definitely a big success too!
- Double the LP collection: I’m not sure if it doubled in size, but it sure doesn’t fits in the rack we’re having now anymore.
- At least one trip outside of Europe and heaps of city trips (Stockholm – so I can bump into Kenza, London – Superdrug, Paris – Laduree): The trip outside of Europe didn’t happend, but I’m completely fine with that. 2013 was a financially draining year (being unemployed and all) and I know 2014 will have some bounty islands in prospect! But there was enough money and time for city trips incl. (!) Stockholm and Paris.
- Get this blog to the next level: I still find it hard to update on a regular basis, but I did doubled my amount of readers. Failed or succeeded? I don’t know, as long as I think it’s fun to blog, I will.
- Find Danish friends: being fluent in Danish, didn’t actually helped in finding the Danish friends. But I sure have more of them now, then at the beginning of 2013.
You know what?! 2013 was amazing, with ALL of its ups and downs!
Last week was a slow running week unfortunately. I started the week on last Tuesday with a short 3K run, but I really hate everything shorter than 5K. The first couple of kilometres I always struggle so much in my head. I can’t find peace and quiet just yet, honestly thoughts like “why am I doing this” “what should I make for dinner” and “how does my calendar looks for the upcoming week” keep up popping up. But after around 5/6K I pretty much thought about everything and can just focus on running and the surroundings.
So luckily I had some time to do a 8K run last Thursday where I really tried to focus on improving my pace. Due to exams I didn’t have time for another long run in the weekend, I know, lame excuse and I also really regretted not having planned in the time!
Hey, by the way, did I already told you guys that I signed up for the NYC marathon? After reading all the updates on Annemerel and Girls Love 2 Run last November, I thought I would just give it a shot. Not everybody makes it through the lottery, but signing up was only 5USD. So what to lose, right?
It has been a while since I have updated you guys with my running habits and/or improvements. Inspired by Dailylin I will also keep you updated about my running efforts up to the half marathon world championship in Copenhagen on the 29th of March 2014.
First of all, I’m fed up with being a slow running. Well.. I like being a slow running, while actually running. I love to just stare around me and absorb the surroundings. However, whenever I compare myself to others (I know, worst thing you can do and absolutely pointless) or see my final time it starts to irritate me more and more how long it takes me to run certain distances.
So I created a 17 week running plan on Runnersweb’s website and started last week. I did some interval trainings on Monday with my lovely friend Katja, who coincidentally is an athletics coach. Another day of interval trainings on Tuesday with Løbe-skolen, my knee definitely disagreed with me running two days in a row though. I ended the week with a 9.5 km run with Sparta.
I have been training with Løbe-skolen for a couple of weeks now. They are teaching different courses (basis, sprint, marathon and interval) and I am in the basis group. It’s really nice to learn a bit more about the real basics, such as how to run more efficiently, how to use different running paces (I honestly thought I had only one pace: slow) and how to prevent injuries. The course is in Danish, but I’m pretty sure it could be in English too!
NBRO Running Crew
On Thursday I often run with the NBRO running crew. Primarily because this is the day when they train intervals and I feel that this is the only training I can keep up with for now. Here you can find their schedule and most of the other days they run with a pace between 4:30 and 5:30 p/km. People of all ages run with NBRO, but in general they all are fanatics and fast runners. On the other hand we have our love for Nike in common.
Every Sunday until May 2014 Sparta (the local athletics club) organises a long-distance run as marathon group training. With groups that pace everything from 4:15 til 6:30. The trainings are free to join and on your way you’re even provided with something to drink! I joined them last Sunday for their run and ran 9.5 as my schedule required and it’s a really nice way to run some longer distances in a group with great (mental) support.
After running the half marathon in March, I never completely got the running bug back. I did some short but amazing run, but always felt like I was missing a new goal.
But lately it starts to itch again, working for the worlds coolest sport brand I am now surrounded by some amazing inspirational and motivational people who all run. So when the semi-paris registration opened I have been going back and forth between signing up right NOW and its-not-the-money-wisest-thing-to-do. Going for Paris from Copenhagen with the bf would just cost a lot and with 2 weddings abroad in 2014 the piggy bank needs to gain some weight. So my 2nd option was to run the CPC again in the Hague. Cool in my hometown but I really wanted to run something new.
Somehow I completely missed out that Copenhagen is hosting the world championship half marathon in March! All the tickets for Danish contestants are already sold out, but luckily one of my co-workers can hook me up. So guys and girls, hereby my new running goal: in 2014 I will run another half marathon at least 30 minutes faster than my 2013 result!
For all my international readers: there are still 5000 tickets available for you! It promises to be a once in a lifetime event with all the top runners and it would be lovely to meet you there 😉
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