Feeling adventurous

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It’s been a long time since I ran 21km, and while I could definitely feel it the last three kilometers, it wasn’t as bad as expected. It took me 1h 55m, which is OK. I was very comfortable in the rain, and nice to see some green around me for a change. I ran along the embankments out at Amager (Denmark is basically a big sand bank). The tricky thing about them is that once you embark on a run here, there is no turning back, no trains or shops or anything. The first time I ran here I felt very lost, but I’m starting to get to know the area, so this time it was OK. Halfway through I started dreaming about chocolate.

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The first hints of wilderness, at Lillenok. It’s something called a Kolonihave. The dictionary says it’s an allotment or garden in English. I think it was originally meant for workers to grow their own greens, but now it’s more of a recreational area with cabins. Typically Danish, and has it’s own charm.

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“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” Not really like that. But there’s no turning back at this point. I had serious chocolate cravings about 12km in.

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Most of the way just looked like this. Sometimes time flies when you’re doing something monotonous. The little black dot by the road is a bird watcher’s cabin (see below).

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The sea is Denmark’s only true wilderness. (The rocks are of of course put there by man to break the waves.) It’s a little bit absurd for a Norwegian, in Norway we have wilderness to waste: In Denmark they have man made bird reserves. For instance an artificial island built to sustain the Øresund bridge is now a wildlife reserve.

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On the inside of the embankment is a bird reserve. Also below. Hard to capture on camera how big the sky seems from here. You can turn around 360 degrees and it’s just empty, no mountains or trees.

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All in all my absolute favorite route in Copenhagen, if you’ve already seen the city of course. Here’s a map of some alternate routes on the tip of Amager. You can continue all the way to the city centre on any side if you want to run more than 20 km. I think the trip around the whole island is a bit longer than a marathon, and it’s a nice route except for about 1km with some traffic.

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Making friends with the tread mill

Long time no blog. I’ve been busy and ill, always a bad combination. For some reason the cold bacteria from kindergarten seem to feel very welcome in my body, and they keep inviting others. I’ve taken to gulping down fish liver oil every morning, seems to help. I’m desperate. I’m sure many parents go  through this. All I can say is that I hate it. When your job is singing, a simple cold can almost cripple you.

I haven’t been running much either, and as such I haven’t improved at that either. Since I finished my last production in the end of february I’ve been running and training like a madman, and I’m now more or less at the level where I was in November before work got all crazy. 10k took me 47 minutes yesterday, on a trail and in very windy conditions. I dream about breaking 40 minutes this year. While I haven’t improved much, the good news is that I feel a lot fitter, and I’m a lot stronger in other ways. I can do four chin-ups all the way down, and doing the sideways plank is getting so easy I need to add complications like lifting the top leg. I’m not trying to get bulkier, quite the opposite, but building some basic strength feels good.

And I have a new friend: The treadmill! I’ve always hated it, and never got past running a couple of kilometres on it, but for some reason, now it’s OK. I’ve found something it’s useful for: PACING! I love that I don’t have to worry about checking the pace on my wrist, or waste a single thought on that. My GPS watch is ridiculously inaccurate over short distances, and there’s no way to pace 800m intervals accurately with it. I also use tread mill for shorter tempo runs, up to 5k. My new hobby is to try to get comfortable with some new paces, around the 4/km range (6:26 mile), which is also my 5k tempo. Sometimes it feels really fast, but I feel like the more time I spend running in the tempo, the more normal it feels. We’ll see how that works out. I’m alternating with running outdoors, but the weather in Copenhagen is really bad this spring, with a bit of snow even, and very windy.

The wife has gone completely running mental, and I have a growing fear that she will beat me soon, after running for just six months. She easily broke 25 minutes for the 5k, and that took me a lot of hard work.

Anyway: The running year has started, and happy trails to all of you.