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Nike Marathontest 1


So for the last couple of weeks, I have felt as if I would never recover from the whole December period. I was running slow, extremely slow (asin, walking might have been faster). I couldn’t take any more than 35 kilo’s on the barbell at crossfit (where the barbell itself is already 25, so really I could only add 10 kilo’s). And on top of it, I just found/find it hard to get back into the whole rhythm of exercising regularly.

So when I realized that I had a 10K run on the calendar, I kinda went for the whole “just-finish” attitude. Last September I ran my first 10K in 1:08:29 and my 2nd 10K in October I ran in 1:09:12. So I thought, anywhere close to 1:10:00 would be a done deal for me.

So yesterday, I went up to Østerbro to run the Nike Marathontest 1 and the first 2K where HORRIBLE. People everywhere (I thought no more than a couple of dozen would have signed up for the run, to find out that more than 2500 runners where on track..), balloons everywhere (and I have a definite love/hate relation with those darn balloons), I couldn’t find my own pace, and I just kept thinking “oh my god, this is only 10-20% of what I have to run in total and I already feel miserable”. But as soon the runners spreaded, I found my own pace, and most of the balloons left me (or at least I found one group where I could stay in front of the balloons), I could finally got into the mood for it.

I ended up finishing in 1:04:50, which for most runners is still a horrible time, but for me it was fantastic! It is more than 4 minutes faster than my last 10K and it was just a welcoming surprise after one month of feeling in the worst condition ever!

Ps. I’m in LOVE with my new Nike Swift tights from S for Sneakers!

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Nike Marathon Start Up

So with way too much confidence I started on the Nike Marathon Start Up yesterday. I had no idea if I could do it and in addition I hadn’t really ran in a week or 2. My knee started to act up like an old woman every time I walk down the staircase (and honestly I don’t “believe” in injuries.. I ain’t got no time for that..), so I took a bit of rest before getting a x-ray (which I will get tomorrow).

But okay, so yesterday 09:30 sharp I started with the marathon start up. After my last 10K run I actually felt quite okay, so I felt quite confident in signing up for the 15K. But the biggest judgement error I made was that the Friløbet has a pretty awesome route! The halfway point is through an amusement park and you kinda have no other option after that then finishing.

The Nike Marathon Start Up, however, has an awfully boring route through Fælledparken, where one round is 5K and I was really struggling! I have this love/hate relationship with the mental game of running and the route in Fælledparken has a lot of turns and twist where you run on one side (for example on 3K), where the other runners are passing on the other side of the road (on for example 4K) where you continously feel like “so-close-yet-so-far-away”. I was struggling the most with running the same route, where you actually have the option to stop before your goal. So when I was close to the 10K and I got overtaken by those who were running 15K in 4 minute something, I decided it was enough.

I finished with a time of 1:09:12, where I finished 1:08:29 last time. I was actually (besides the not finishing the 15K) okay with this result, since I walked a couple of times (where I only ran with the Friløbet). I already signed up again for the Nike Marathontest (call me crazy), where you run a 10, 15 and 21,1K run every month from February til April.

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I absolutely hate running: I’m slow, I have no stamina and I detest the feeling of being in a constant state of uncomfortableness… I can even remember hating those days in high school, where we had to run 1k during P.E. and that I would even make up the lamest excuses to not run..

But at the same time, I think it’s quite interesting to stretch you physical boundaries.. Last year, I signed up for the Start to Run running group, where you train yourself in 6 weeks to run 3K. It was actually the first running activity in my “grown-up” life and I ended up running it in 22 minutes. It’s not the best achievement, but hey it is at least AN achievement..

Here in Copenhagen, running seems to be the number one folk sport and I can’t blame them. The city is flat but surrounded by beautiful lakes, parks and buildings. There is an organized run/marathon almost every month from the Summer on, so after I ran the 5k DHL run in about 30 minutes – I felt a bit (too) confident and signed up for the 10K friløbet.

After a week filled with family and food and no exercising, I definitely felt a bit discouraged and maybe even a bit scared when I biked to Fælleparken last Sunday. Would I be able to run the entire route, would I be able to not finish as last, what if I have to pee on the way.. Way too many questions, for only 8.30 in the morning. But the boyfriend shouted some inspiring words (“WE CAN GO TO MCDONALDS AFTERWARDS” haha, I kid.. He just said he believed I could do it and who am I to not believe him!). So 9 o’clock sharp I started to run with about 6000 others from Parken all the way to the beautiful lakes, with a halfway point through Tivoli, a return on the other sides of the lakes and to finish about an hour later!

Me just after the finishingline..

For the running fanatics, it might be a run on the slower side on the spectrum. But honestly for myself, I thought it was a pretty cool achievement: to run the longest distance I ever ran (10k) without walking and I wasn’t even completely dead yet.. So now this little devil on my shoulder is softly whispering 15k, 15k, 15k in my ear.. And let there be one here in Copenhagen, the 28th of October organized by Nike.. The only thing is, I feel pretty mixed between running a 10k for a better time or the 15K for just a new achievement in life..

What do you think I should do?

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