Bridging The Gap with Hackney Half

Enjoying our time together with amazing friends at Primrose Hill

Enjoying our time together with amazing friends at Primrose Hill

How can I start this… It was one of those weekends. Filled with friends, love, happiness, running, dancing. Also new friends, good food, bike rides, sunrises and smiles.

This was my second Bridge The Gap event, and I was prepared for this one. I learned my lesson in Berlin, when it comes to eating and drinking enough ;). So I had goals, yes eat and drink, but get to that after party and dance my ass off, because I missed that in Berlin due to heatstroke.

But also prepared for not expecting too much, and mostly enjoying the moments without extra craziness. As I wrote after Berlin, I was sadly a bit disappointed in certain things, so this time I was wiser and also was able to let things fly over me without caring. Which made the whole time in London wayyy better. It’s all about learning. πŸ™‚

About that eating part ;). Cronut filled with raspberry  creamy stuff, yum!

About that eating part ;). Cronut filled with raspberry creamy stuff, yum!

The point of this trip was to see friends and run the race. I was so excited to see some friends that I had missed a lot during these couple of months, and how many new ones did I gain, it’s insane how amazing people there are to get to know! When it came to the race, I was so honored to be there for my friend, Jamie, to run his first Half. Sharing is caring and I could not be happier that I did that.

So, I arrived on Friday afternoon, met my amazing friend, Dani and we took my stuff to her place, got bikes and biked to the city. How nice it is to see newish places from that perspective! Best!

Best hostess the mostest!

Best hostess the mostest!

Though obviously I wasn’t ready for the switch of the sides while in traffic haha! But no accidents, only a minor fight with a fence when going over it haha! So, Friday was all about meeting people and eating and chilling. It was just so nice, could not ask for anything better. Night riding through London was pretty awesome.

Saturday came fast with a first Bridge The Gap event, shake out run and bbq. I have been dreaming of running with Run Dem Crew through London streets and now I got that chance :). Not only did I got the chance to run with Run Dem, there were people from NBRO/ Denmark, Patta & Running Junkies/Netherlands, Run Pack & Berlin Braves/ Germany, Paris Running Club/ France and obviously my crew, Still Waters Run Deep :). If I forgot someone, please forgive me.

Sunday! Race Day! Heat! Yes, so Sunday came and the weather was super hot already early in the morning, but this time I was prepared. I had my cap on and water bottle. Days before the race some people were saying that the course is quite flat… How wrong were they haha! It started with a hill and when you were just dead from the heat in the end, there was few hills more. During the course there were so many runners who just collapsed from the heat, so hydration was pretty big deal. We had great race, and the crowd around the course were so amazing, thank you! And when we got to Cheer Dem Crew, all happiness broke loose! I jumped on Ciaran in Berlin, and I warned him that I will do it again and boom, I did it twice! πŸ™‚ That feeling that you get from people you know cheering like their lives depended on it, is insane! Makes you feel like you can do anything, and basically you can!! πŸ™‚

CHEER DEM CREW !!!!

CHEER DEM CREW !!!!

I could not be prouder of Jamie, on how he ran his first half. It was not easy by any means but he pushed through like a champ!! On to the next one!!

Sneezy Panda Yeller and Super Champ!!

Sneezy Panda Yeller and Super Champ!!

I was so happy after the race, so proud, feeling good, surrounded by friends, can you ask for anything better?! And I was ready for the after party πŸ˜€ this time nothing would stop me from dancing!

AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN I GET TO THE DANCE FLOOR HAHA

AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN I GET TO THE DANCE FLOOR HAHA

It feels hard to write down what that weekend felt, it’s a lot. It’s been a week since I came home, got a proper after fun flu and now try to make all those feelings in to a blog post… What I can say is that these days with all these amazing people give me hope, and make me feel like home. I have this huge safety net of friends all over the world. I can be who I genuinely am and I am accepted, that is lucky! Obviously I am “secretly” planning the next racetrip to be able to see my friends again, and make many more. I will leave you with photos and stop trying to explain something which I can’t :). Thank you! You all are amazing! Till the next time! Love and hugs!

Run Dem Crew x NBRO x Still Waters Run Deep

Run Dem Crew x NBRO x Still Waters Run Deep

 

 

 

 

Marathon Training week 2

Second week of training behind, ups and downs, mostly just insane sweating.

I’m little low on motivation for some reason. I like the plan, so I feel guilty if I want to be all lazy, that gives me a bit of a push. And this summer heat that we have here at the moment isn’t helping either, I’m not good with super summer heat. Maybe I’m more of a Northerner than I thought ;).

I’ve been lacking on stretching and strength training and without no good reason. Which has made my knees feel all stiff, so… Got to get my shit together!

Only two weeks and then I travel to London for Hackney Half, mostly just super excited to see my friends, old and new! I think Crewlove is what I need to get my head in this game properly again.

But I did all my planned runs this week which is a step to the right direction.

The plan is easy, mondays and fridays are rest days, and sundays are for cross training. So I only tell here about the run days.

Tuesday – 3miles/4,82km planned, 5,10km done. I try to take my dog with me on these shorter runs, as he loves to run with me. The weather is getting hotter and hotter here, which means that it’s hard to run with a dog, it’s hard for me too… On a normal day, it takes us about half an hour to run a 5K, but this time it took about 3 hours :D. It was more of a nice stroll with running sprinkled in between. Nice one too.

Wednesday – 5miles/8km planned, 8,06km done. Really nice run, felt strong and could keep going without feeling tired, which I have been having problems lately.

Thursday – 3miles/4,82km planned, 5km done. Morning run with the doggy, straight from bed to road.

Sunday (usually the long run of the week is on saturday) – 9miles/14,48km planned, 16,4km done. Okay, so where to begin… The weather was insanely hot and I left for my run way too late as in the hottest time of the day, well planned that one. On my good luck the day was perfect for trying my hydration vest, which basically saved me. Like I said, I’m not good with hot weather and for some reason I got really overheated and felt really dead super fast, bummer really. I also managed to get totally lost, just after I decided to run a shorter route than was planned. Which ended up me walking a lot. I finally found my way, with huge shafing spots in my inner thighs :D. Lesson learned, run early in the morning or late in the evening and don’t try new routes on a day like this :D.So Hackney Half is getting closer and I got my race pack in the mail, so let’s get that motivation back and keep pushing on!