- The body achieves what the mind believes -
This weekend I completed Copenhagen Half Marathon! This was my second half marathon in six months (my last being the Meadows Marathon in Edinburgh), and I spontaneously signed up for the event by myself seven weeks ago while I was still living and working in Stavanger. Back then I had a really consistent fitness routine and I thought that signing up for the race would motivate me to keep it up. But moving between three cities, going on vacation, starting uni, eating cinnamon buns for breakfast etc., made it all very difficult to maintain an active lifestyle, and honestly, the final week leading up to the event I felt so anxious about the whole idea of having to run 21km when I could barely breath after 10km. But the body achieves what the mind believes and I did it!
21000 other participants from all over the world and an amazing atmosphere in the city on race day helped me push through the entire distance without stopping, despite getting soaked by a thunderstorm, hail hitting my face, mud reaching up to my ankle, and an injured right knee. Although I still have a way to go to hit my 2:00h-goal, I'm glad I didn't give up. I'm just more encouraged to train harder for next time. In running a half marathon it doesn't matter if I come first or last as long as I can say "I have finished", because there is a lot of satisfaction in that.
Otherwise I'm doing well, thanks for asking? Copenhagen is a wonderful city and my biggest challenge is to have self-control when I walk past Danish bakeries, which are basically located at every street corner. So far, struggling. Especially on Wednesday when there's something called "onsdagssnegle", which is basically an extra large cinnamon roll that they only sell on Wednesdays. I'm having one just now and it's so delicious. Any bets on how long it will take before I begin to roll?