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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

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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!

With love,
-Janet

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2012 Flashback

photo (1)I know these kinds of blogs should be actually written in 2012 and not two weeks into the new year. But 2012 was a dynamic year and I feel like I owe it to those 365 days, to sit down and reflect on it…

It has been a crazy year, with loads of ups and some downs. I would be a liar if I’d say that my life is only sugar, spice and everything nice. One of the cons of blogging, in my opinion, is that we create this perfect world with cool pictures and extravagant experiences. But I also have my days that I just miss to hang out with my parents and that I hate everything Danish (especially the cheese…). But I guess that wouldn’t really be blog-worty, would it…

Luckily, most of my days are on a much lighter note than that 😎 And luckily for me, my parents are only a skype-call away! While putting these picture together, I realized how much has happend and changed over the last year. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for me!

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I started the year with nothing more than financial results. The first couple of weeks, I literary made 60 hours a week in the library to finish that godforsaken thesis. But all things come to an end and on the 20th of March, after seven long years, I finally graduated as Master of Science in Finance & Investments.

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The best thing about graduating? Treating yourself to something goooood! So straight after graduating the boyfriend and I travelled to Southeast Asia and spend a good month on the beach in the sun! We travelled to Singapore to visit some friends and family, went to a beyond imagination island called Nikoi, to finish the trip in Bali.

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So good things didn’t even ended there! After our trip, I finally moved to Denmark. The whole long-distance thing sounds cute, but it’s a bastard in disguise. You start hating Skype and the being in a plane every week! I started a new job and a new education. A major part of 2012 has been about learning Danish. I’ve always been interested in other languages, but I’m actually not really talented in it, I guess I’m more a numbers gawl. So the whole learning Danish has been a rollercoaster, with ups and downs. But 6 more months and I’m a certified Danish speaker 😎

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Over the summer I experienced Copenhagen during it’s best. With a lot of chilling in parks (with wine!) …

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and free festivals!

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And of course the great views!

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One of my favorite periods of the year was definitely Distortion, with a street party every day for a week in every district of Copenhagen! It’s a great way to see more of Copenhagen and to feel the real Copenhagen vibe!

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Besides the free street parties, there are also paid for after parties. While it’s not really Copenhagen style to pay for party tickets (youngsters prefer to go to bars), I thought it was really worth the ticket!

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Somersby might be the best thing about Copenhagen. It is an alcoholic cider drink, rather sweet, but without the “Breezer” stigma! My favorite flavour is the ginger-lemon version!

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Can you spot the Somersby? This was at another (free) festival, Stella Polaris, I love the Copenhagen commune for subsidizing so many music festivals in the city!

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Another free festival in the fall, where they rolled down a grass mat to chill on in one of the most busiest shopping streets!

IMG_0225 Aahhh, I miss wearing skirts!

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Copenhagen Fashion Week! I visited several shows and honestly, I think I’m more interested in the make-up than the actual clothing…

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Even though I moved to Copenhagen, I travelled back to the Netherlands about every other month! Especially during the summer it was nice to spend some time with friends and family in the sun, with a glass of Rose!

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Also during the summer I coloured my hair ombre. I’m doubting between colouring it ombre again or just go back to my natural darker color.

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This was also the first year that I really gave running a try, here I’m together with my sister at the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.

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And here I am at my first 10K run in Copenhagen at the end of the Summer. It went through the prettiest amusement park Tivoli, so it was an easy run to finish!

IMG_3102 My parents also came to visit me in Copenhagen! It’s weird though, to have your parents as “guests” over! But luckily Copenhagen is a great city to show people..

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And the day my parents left, my sister came to visit me together with her best friend! Luckily, she loved the city so I expect a whole lot a more of here next Summer!

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I went to Sweden to see the city of Malmo. I’m not completely sure what I think about the city, it is only 30 minutes away from Copenhagen, so close enough for some fresh air. But I’m not sure if it has anything to offer that I can’t find here.

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And another 10K run in October!

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One of the most hilarious celebrations in Denmark: the release of a special christmas beer!

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In December, the boyfriend and me drove to Hamburg and I loved the city! I can’t wait to go back there a bit more and see more districts!

IMG_0598As last, I went to see the XX in concert.

Puha, that was my year in a nutshell! I’m so thankful for all the people I’ve met, all the friendships that have proven that distance doesn’t matter and all the experiences I gained. How was your year?

With love,
-Janet

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Friløbet

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?

With love,
-Janet

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