We ran a few miles with the group through a park which contained a huge hill- it was amazing.
We chatted the entire time during the run as if we had been friends for a long time- I mean we kinda were. We had been stalking each other's Instagram for a while before actually meeting in real life. We ended the run at Bierlieb bottle shop and met Richard, the brewer of Berliner Berg beer who sponsored our run. His pale ale and Irish stout hit the spot post run. It was a great way to kick off our vacation. Thank you Theresa and Daniel for being amazing hosts!
On Monday we flew to Copenhagen. Tuesday evening was the 2nd Mikkeller Beer Run 5k. I was the defending champ from last year's run- but had no intention of pushing too hard since I had just ran a marathon a few weeks prior and hadn't run much in between.
We got our game faces on, all ready to run.
There was a 10k happening at the same time as the 5k- they were going to do 2 laps of the course, and I was thankful I only had to do one.
Pre race, they announced that I was running the race again as the defending champ- which made me smile. Soon the gun went off and I found myself right behind Mikkel and Søren dropping 6:20 pace like NBD. Ruh roh. After 800m, I backed off on the pace like a sensible smart person. I was having a blast running through the streets of Copenhagen. I stopped at the 4km "aid station" which was fully stocked only with beer. My mouth was so dry and the beer was much needed at that moment in time. After 50 seconds, I picked up the pace and continued on to the finish.
I came in 4th woman overall and had a blast during this race. I think I PR'd at having fun during a 5k.
Post race we rehydrated with beer and enjoyed hanging with friends.
We got to see friends we made last year as well as meet some awesome folks who we had been following online for quite some time.
Despite not "racing" this race, I feel I gave a solid effort- 5k pain face as proof.
We also got to run with the MRC Copenhagen crowd again on Saturday for a special edition of their monthly runs.
It was awesome getting to meet so many people from MRC chapters all over the world.
It's wonderful to be able to have running and drinking buddies in 100 cities around the world now. We are all about the #mrcTourism
MRC Prague, Chicago, Liverpool and London.
Running with people in a new place is a great experience- you see places you wouldn't normally visit and get to connect with some amazing people.
Thank you Mikkeller Running Club for for all the amazing memories from this trip.
Can't wait to return next year.