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I’m Nina, a 20-something girl originally from Hamburg, Germany, and now living and studying in a small town in Denmark. I started this blog after I found myself reading other running and fitness blogs for month. So, I thought a bit and figured: why not try this out myself? So I did.
As a child, I was a member of a track and field club, and this is probably where my running career started. I was really bad in throwing, but I was ok-ish in running. At some point of my career, school got in the way, and I had to give up some of my 1000 sport clubs activities. Other sport clubs included a swimming club and a horse riding club.
A few years later, at age 17, I signed up for the track and field club at my high school. I was an exchange student living in Michigan and I was excited to get back to running, but my coach wasn’t.
Over the first half of my year abroad, I lost so much of my endurance, it was scary. So, my coach told me it was a much better idea when I would support the team throwing the discus and shotput. Dear Coach, thanks for letting me be part of the team, even though I suck in throwing!
Back in Germany, I started running a year later (that would be 2008), together with a friend. We had a goal: the Hamburg Half Marathon on June 29th. We trained together, we trained a lot, and we trained without a plan. We just run as far as we could. “Long run”, “Tempo run” or “Recovery run” was just simply in our vocabularies. Looking back several years later, I wonder how I never got injured during this time.
The day of our half marathon was probably the hottest day that year. My friend and I planned to finish together, but we failed. She started to talk about giving up after the first third of the race. After we crossed the 18 km mark, I had to give up cheering to her and start focusing on finishing, because that was when my legs started to hurt.
I finished my first half marathon in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 36 seconds.
After this half marathon, I stopped training. It was probably because I thought running alone would make no sense, and my friend stopped running, too.
I June 2011, I started running again. I was dreaming about racing a marathon for a long time, and at one point, I realised I had to work hard for this goal.
Since June 2011, I’ve been through two knee injuries. I have learned much in the past year and I am trying to be a smarter runner.
My plan for the near future is to start racing more and improve the time of my first half marathon to a sub2, and I invite you to be a part of it!