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Half Marathon Training Week 2/17

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Hi guys,

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?

With love,
-Janet

Half Marathon Training Week 1/17

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Goodmorning,

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.

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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.

Sparta

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.

With love,
-Janet

Running Goals 2014

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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 😉

With love,
-Janet

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CPC Loop Half Marathon

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I did it! I ran half a marathon! And to be honest, I have no idea if I would do it ever again: it was PURE terror! I can put on a happy face and tell you it was all sugar, spice and everything nice. But it was not.. I actually thought I did quite a bit of training, I ran about 100K in the first 2 months of 2013, which is more than I ever did. But it was definitely not enough preparation for 21.1K..

The first 3K were pretty O.K., it was cold, hella cold, but everybody had such a positive energy. But after the 3K, i had to pee like a madmen (how I wished that I was just a man and could just pee in a bush), so after 6K I finally found a toilet and went in for a nr 1. This is definitely something I shouldn’t have done, after I was done I lost all my momentum and the energetic group of people. I ran a lot alone (which meant: no one to shelter behind) and I swear at some point I think I saw the car that was following the last person. So I just starting running faster and faster and until 15K everything was fine enough, I tried to find some running partners and screamed to myself (in my head, not as a crazy person out loud) to not start walking (which I didn’t do for the entire run).

I knew that from 16K, we would run over the beach boulevard and beforehand I always thought: when I’m at the boulevard it’s gonna be easy breezy, 6 more kilometres. But my god, what was I wrong. It was extremely cold on the boulevard (even with some snow), the run was a steep rise and the last 5K everything just started to hurt from my hips to my feet. Normally I can “fake” my tempo the last 2K by running harder than my usual speed, but these last 2K were incredible hard for me. Over and over again I asked myself, why do I keep signing up for these things?

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But then I saw my family and friends, screaming and jumping and I knew: I made it! The elementary-school fatty ran half a marathon! I got my medal and while trying to walk back to my loved ones, my legs definitely didn’t do what I wanted them to do anymore. But so what? I ran 21.1K!

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Thanks everybody for cheering for me! It must have been crazy cold for y’all, but you guys were definitely why I made it!

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Congratulations to all the others that ran a 5K, 10K or half a marathon! Now I’m gonna eat as many easter chocolat eggs as possible! See you next year (perhaps)!

With love,
-Janet

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CPC Loop Den Haag

As you might know, The Hague is my “homecity”: I was born there and I spend a good part of my life there. I love the laid-back attitude of the city, the beautiful architecture (or perhaps the fact that I know the city like the back of my hand), the cool restaurants and shops, and pretty much every thing else.

So every year there is a “City Pier City” marathon and I have seen it many years, while working there for the local broadcasting company. I have never ever EVER put a moment of thought into participating myself. I was always a supporter and definitely never a runner.

But after a horrible boring run last Sunday, I know now that it is really important for me to run from A to Z on an exciting route. And while I love living in Copenhagen, I do miss “my” city from time to time. So, as always, I quite spontaneously decided just to sign up for the CPC loop half marathon!

It has a great route that starts in the inner city and with a half-way point on the beach boulevard (so with a great view over the North sea), there are about 35.000 runners and you know what the coolest thing is about this run? There are about 150.000 supporters!! It is a real city thing and entire families go out to cheer the runners through it!

The registration opened 3 days ago, so just sign up for it. You still have enough time to train for this, even if you have no running experience at all (you have 128 days to be exact!). I have no idea how to finish it, but you kinda have no option when you start to just run/walk to the finish.. I will try to be a bit more consistent in training for it and as always will blog about my journey to the finish 😉

With love,
-Janet

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