Best Running Routes in Copenhagen, Denmark

If you are looking for some good running routes to explore Copenhagen, then look no further! These routes are very safe but keep an eye out for bicyclists.

Nyhavn-Amalienborg-Little Mermaid

As you can tell from all of the pictures below, this route was one of my favorites because it shows you several landmarks throughout the city – Amalienborg, Nyhavn, Kastellet, the Little Mermaid, Frederik’s Church and more! I started at the Copenhagen Island Hotel and ran about six miles but this run can be easily adjusted based on where you are staying.

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The Lakes – The Søerne

If you’re near the Copenhagen Lakes, follow the path around the three lakes and see why this is one of the most popular routes in the city. This will be about 4 miles!

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Amager Faelled

Here’s a route for when you want to get out of the city. I received this recommendation from a fellow runner on Instagram and loved it! I ran about 4 miles but there are a ton of trails so you can make this run longer. Pro tip: don’t stop too many times to take pictures because you will get bitten by bugs (oops!).

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Hope you’re able to check out these routes during your time in Copenhagen, good luck! Stay tuned for some great running routes in Sweden.

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Flying Pig Marathon Mental Race Prep

It is race week and I am starting to feel pre-race nerves sneak up on me. I will be running my fourth marathon on Sunday in Cincinnati at The Flying Pig and there is a lot going through my mind.

Expectations

Throughout my training process, I decided to go in with little to no expectations. I was sidelined with an injury for the first three months of the year and found myself nowhere close to where I wanted to be in my training. And despite all of that, I now find myself ready to run. As the saying goes, “the comeback is always stronger than the setback”.

Inspiration

For starters, did we all watch Desiree Linden win the Boston Marathon?! If you didn’t, please catch up from Runner’s World and get ready to be inspired from her displays of sportsmanship to courage and pure grit. The Boston Marathon this past year was a tough one and I was so inspired by every runner and volunteer out there on the course. My course on Sunday will be hilly but I am ready to embrace and overcome the challenge presented to me.

Friends

I received a very comforting reminder this morning from my friend, Randy. I’m doing this with people who bring out the best in me. Our group of five will be running together as Randy chases his goal of a sub 4 hour marathon and I am so excited to be a part of it.

Wanderlust 108 San Francisco Recap

Last month, I was able to attend Wanderlust Oahu while visiting family in Hawaii. This month, Wanderlust came to my city so I definitely had to go! The San Francisco event was a Wanderlust 108 meaning that it is a half day event featuring a running session, a yoga session and a mediation session.

“1 = Unity  0 = Wholeness  8 = Infinite Love” – Wanderlust

Run

The run was a 5k (3.1 miles) on narrow dirt paths through Golden Gate Park. I would definitely note that the run was more of a fun run than a race.

Yoga

After finishing the run portion, participants had a lot of time to wander around the various vendors before settling down for some yoga.

Meditation

If you’re like me, I hate sitting still. It’s funny, I always dread meditation but always end up loving it (especially when you just get to lie down in the sun).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I can’t say that the 108 event was my favorite but it is perfect for someone that wants a small sample of experiencing a Wanderlust event!

Interested in giving Wanderlust a try? Take a look at the Wanderlust Events List to find an adventure closer to you!

Momentum Jewelry #sharetheSPARK

We all sometimes need that extra motivation, inspiration or mantra that gets us through the day or that one challenging workout. Momentum Jewelry is just that. From April 16-30th, Momentum Jewelry’s #sharetheSPARK campaign is about sharing that extra piece of inspiration around the world.

Momentum Jewelry offers four amazing mantras for their #sharetheSPARK collection: Keep Moving Forward, You’re SO Worth It, You Got This! and Never Give Up.

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This year I decided to share the spark with my ambassador fam for The San Francisco Marathon. As we inspire and encourage others to run TSFM, I thought we could all use a little piece of inspiration for ourselves. And as you can see below, we loved them!

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Some of our other favorite mantras include ‘Run More, Worry Less’, ‘BeYOUtiful’ and ‘Adventure Awaits’. Find out how you can join the movement or shop their other AMAZING mantras!

Long Hill Repeats: What the HILL?!

Hill training is a runner’s best ally and worst foe. It is difficult and easy to neglect but it is also crucial when it comes to building strength in your legs. The resistance that comes with running uphill pushes you to work harder than you would running on flat surfaces. To put it simply, hill training will help you to become a better runner.

Today, we will focus on long hill repeats. Long hill repeats help to improve endurance over a moderately hard effort. For this workout, the hill will ideally be about a quarter to a half mile long and not overly steep.

Workout

  • Warm-up 10-20 minutes of running (easy effort)
  • 4-6 repeats uphill at a moderately hard effort (5k race effort), with an easy jog back down after each repeat
  • Cool down 10 minutes of running (easy effort)

Tips

  • Avoid starting out too fast.
  • Use short strides for efficiency.
  • Remember to look up at the hill, and not down at your feet.

3 Reasons To Run The San Francisco Marathon

You might recall my review of TSFM 2017 here or on the Represent Running blog. The San Francisco Marathon is one of my favorite races and here are the top three reasons why you will love it too!

Landmarks

The landmarks are breathtaking and worth the early race start. After starting at the Ferry Building, runners race through Fisherman’s Wharf, through the Marina, across the Golden Gate Bridge, back down through Golden Gate Park and finish near AT&T Park. Runners get to experience the whole city in one race regardless of the distance that they choose to run.

Weather

Of course, I have to mention the California weather. Last year was perfect running weather with clear skies and mid-50’s at the start. Be sure to watch for Karl the Fog as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge!Discount Code

Discounts

Need another reason to sign up for this race? Use code AMBASSADORKELLI10 to save $10 when registering for the 5k, half marathon or full marathon distances.

Creating Your Ritual: 10 Days of Hot Yoga

It mostly sucks but there are definitely perks to being an injured runner – one of these perks is having the time to do other things that are not running. I love hot yoga but I had not had the chance to find a new studio after moving to San Francisco. Luckily, I found a studio offering a new student package that I decided to try – Ritual Hot Yoga. I definitely recommend giving them a try if you’re local – and psst, leave a comment if you are interested in a new student special!

Anyway, 10 days of hot yoga – what were my takeaways? Mind, body, and soul. Duh!

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Mind

It is surreal for me to think about but in those 10 days, I lost my aunt, my friend and my dog. Talk about the worst 10 days ever, right? But honestly, yoga helped me through it. Each day, I set an intention for my practice and brought awareness into each moment and every thought. Finding that peace within myself allowed me to release a lot of the stress that I was holding in.

Body

I immediately felt the impact of hot yoga on my body. I was more flexible and I was even able to improve some poses throughout the 10 days. I was still going to the gym but the extra yoga session each day did not leave me feeling tired. In fact, I felt refreshed each day.

Soul

Are you familiar with the feeling of pure bliss or calmness? I left every yoga class feeling more “whole” and focused than when I started class. Though I wouldn’t consider myself to be a spiritual person, 10 days of hot yoga made me feel more connected to my mind, body and soul.

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To summarize, hot yoga did not give me abs… but I am able to work on my headstands and forearm stands now. I also fell in love with the studio and signed up for a membership – come try it out with me!

3 Tips For Marathon Training After An Injury

It’s been awhile.. apologies for falling off the blogging wagon for bit as I got back on my feet, literally. Injuries happen, and usually at the worst times.

After two agonizing months of dealing with tendonitis in my foot, it is time for me to start getting into the full swing of marathon training. I would not normally recommend running a marathon so soon but I was already registered for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon in May.

Here are some helpful tips if you are also training for a marathon after coming back from an injury. Disclosure: I am also going to physical therapy twice a week to help me get to where I need to be for this marathon.

Take it slow.

This might be the single, most important piece of advice to listen to. You may still be in top shape depending on your injury but your body will not be as ready to jump back in right away. Take it slow, strive for progress.

Listen to your body.

Any lingering pain? Stop now. Recovering from your injury is more important than running through the pain on a single training run. Take extra rest days between runs and add more cross training.

Relax, it will be fine.

To be honest, this one is the most difficult for me as I am competitive and often hard on myself. I was hoping for a PR on this marathon but I knew I needed to relax a bit on this goal. After taking a step back and realigning my goals, I have chosen to take it easy on this marathon. There will be more races and I will hopefully be at 100% for them.

Swim: Freestyle/Backstroke Work

Hopefully I’ll be back to running soon but until then, another swim workout to start the week!

TOTAL: 2,500 YARDS

Feel free to cut down on distance and adjust the times as needed!

Warm Up

1 x 300 Free

4 x 50 Kick (Streamline on back) @ 1:20

4 x 25 IM (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle) @ 0:45

2 x 50 Drill (Zipper Drill) @ 1:10

Main Set

1 x 300 Free @ 6:10

1 x 100 Back @ 2:30

1 x 200 Free @ 4:30

2 x 100 Back @ 2:30

1 x 100 Free @ 2:30

3 x 100 Back @ 2:30

1 x 100 Free – No interval

Warm Down

4 x 100 Pull @ 2:40

1 x 100 Free

Swim: Descending Pull Set

After four weeks of not running, I’m starting to the get in the groove of other activities that will help me to maintain my fitness level. Of these other activities, my favorite has been swimming though I may be a little biased since I used to swim competitively and teach swim lessons.

TOTAL: 2,200 YARDS

Feel free to adjust the times as needed!

Warm Up

1 x 300 Free

6 x 50 Kick (Streamline on back) @ 1:20

4 x 25 IM (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle) @ 0:45

Drill Set

4 x 50 Drill (3 Strokes + 12 Kicks) @ 1:20

4 x 50 Drill (Zipper Drill) @ 1:10

Main Set

1 x 200 Pull @ 5:00

2 x 100 Pull @ 2:30

4 x 50 Pull @ 1:20

8 x 25 Pull @ 0:35

Warm Down

1 x 300 Free