The Crown Prince of Denmark is turning 50 and so he wanted to celebrate with getting people to move. This culminated in races in five of Denmark’s biggest cities.
- What? Royal Run
- When? May 21st, 2018
- How far? 10 kilometers
- Where? Copenhagen, Denmark
- Website: https://www.royalrun.dk/
- Strava activity: https://www.strava.com/activities/1587175562
- Finish – Completed
- Finish under 1 hour – Completed
- 5K – 00:30:25
- 10K – 00:58:58
This race was in the evening so I spent the day relaxing and recovering as much as possible. I biked to the start an hour before and took an energy gel 30 minutes before and one just before starting.
I set a pace at 6:00 mins/km to get a sub 1 hour time. The streets of Copenhagen were definitely not expecting that many people as there was a lot of places where the streets were too narrow for all the runners. I did manage to keep pace and if I didn’t, I thought I had a pretty good reason to not keep pace. The weather was cooling down and the sun was not as strong as when I ran the marathon two weeks earlier so it was quite a pleasant run. One problem I had was that everyone was running with the same distributed shirt so that gets really boring after a while. But given that I had just run a marathon and a half marathon before this race, the distance just flew past and I actually felt that it went by quickly. I must have become used to long distances!
The finish was nice as I saw my friend on the sidelines as well becoming the children’s favorite as my name in Danish literally means “you”. So I could hear them chanting my name as I made my sprint toward the finish line to finish under 1 hour.
The finish area was packed with people and it took a while before I could get a medal and something to eat. I biked home afterward and ate some ice cream as that was the only thing food I had and the stores and restaurants were closed because of a public holiday.