Tuesday, May 21, 2019

København Day 2 + Beer Mile {race recap}

Wednesday morning we went for a run around the lakes. 

There’s a bunch of birds which live at the lakes- geese, swans, coots. I love it. 

Saw this heron too!

Duas swans!

It’s a nice place to run- crushed limestone around the lakes. 

Post run we went to Andersen and Maillard bakery. We found them through a video on YouTube. The chef previously worked at Noma- so I knew it would be amazing. 

I love the simplicity of Danish breakfasts. A soft boiled egg + Rugbrød. So satisfying. 

Cinnamon sugar coated croissant. 

We went to Mikkeller Viktoriagade for a few beers- Omnipollo was having a tap takeover. 

Then we went to Warpigs for another beer + food. Hindsight is 20/20 and perhaps bbq {and beer} wasn’t the best idea pre beer mile. 
After our success of biking to Baghavn Tuesday night, we decided to rent Donkey Bikes again and bike to Baghavn.  We met up with A from Liverpool and then cycled 4 miles without incident to Baghavn. 

I love this place!

We picked up our numbers and waited for our heats. 

Fun before it wasn’t. 

Watching everyone suffer. 

Go L go!

L did great with a fast time of sub 11. 

Watched a. Few more heats and then it was my turn. I had wanted to stop at 2, but ultimately the competitor in me took over. 

First 2 laps were ok- full of burps. 

Last 2 I felt quite sick I tried to puke. No jam. 

The course went behind some shipping containers transformed into condos. Super cool. Until I stopped to cough/try to puke and looked over to my left to see a guy reading a book in his bed 10’ from me. Smh. 

I got lapped by a Danish Olympian at least 2x. On her final lap I tried to keep up running with her for 200m. So dumb of me. She finished in 6:xx, I finished in 12:xx
Post mile we packed into the tent for the awards ceremony. It is here where we learned a traditional danish drinking song. 

: Ka' Xaar, ka' Xaar, ka' Xaar  drikke ol

It was a ton of fun hanging with everyone. 

Then the Bäska came out. People know about our love for Malort and were inspired to share their countries versions. 

Luckily I didn’t have to accept an award and drink more beer. 🤢 

We ended the night at Boaden and Build. 

We cycled back to near our flat (somehow since I don’t remember) and got food from Khiosk and then met everyone for more beer at Fermentoren. 

I don’t remember much past the beer mile.  Last year I woke up the morning after the beer mile and felt the world spinning- I attributed it to melatonin. This year I didn’t take any melatonin and felt equally as bad. The adrenaline + beer = bad combo for me. No more beer miles in my future forever. I’ve also been thinking about quitting alcohol altogether. 

Friends, food and mostly fun for day 2. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

København Day 1 {2019} + OutRun Relay {race recap}

This was our 5th trip to Copenhagen. We’ve gone each year for the MBCC - Mikkeller beer celebration Copenhagen, and have made tons of friends both in CPH and abroad- so it’s become a fun “family reunion”* each year. *Friends are the family you choose. 

Started out Monday morning running with Ze Pequeno. 

Worked 9 hours and then we were off to the airport and the terminal from hell, ORD Terminal 5. 

After 9 hours of flying, we were in CPH!

Seen at the airport- reminded me of all the beer + Malort specials in Chicago. 

It was a gorgeous chilly day on Tuesday when we arrived to our flat. 

So happy!

We got an AirBnB- close to the festival. 

It was just so perfect. 

Everytime we stay in an Airbnb here, I’m so inspired to throw away 90% of my shit and live a life less cluttered. 

It was on the 4th floor- which meant climbing up stairs. 

It was spacious and beautiful 

Views weren’t bad either. 

Fresh breeze + clean air = heaven. 

We went across the street to Khiosk for drinks and snacks. 

Then we met up with T to bike over to Mikkeller Baghavn for our first race of the trip- The OutRun 13.1 relay.  After 4 trips to CPH, this would be the first time we’ve ever cycled. We entrusted T with our lives for the 4 mile trip. And then decided we were intimidated by CPH cycling for no good reason. 

Team photo. There were 5 legs for the relay- I did the mile, leg 5.  

Mikkeller brewed beer specifically for the event. 

We hung out in the tent for a while before the race started and had a lot of fun running into friends from all over. It reminded me of a HS cross country race. 

We cheered our teammates in the cold wind and waited our turns. 

L smashed the 3k leg. 

H killed his 5k and T did amazing for the 10k. 

Then it was time for me to kill a mile. I was so cold. The wind was brutal - especially after standing around for a few hours. I warmed up doing some sprints but felt rusty. 

We had fun during the handoff. 

So. Much. Fun. 

I did my mile in less than 7 min which I was happy with. I took off at like 5:30 pace and was dying within 400m lolz. 

Happy to be done! Our team finished in 1:38!!

Baghavn at night is gorgeous, during the day it’s also a great place to hang out. 

It’s one of my favorite bars in CPH. They have a lot of barrel aged stouts and sours on tap as well as food. 

Sunset was amazing. 
Couldn’t help but smile so big with this view. 

Post relay and hanging out, we biked back to town with T and his wife and got a personalized tour of the city. 

Then we went to world famous Grill Isted for some sandwiches. 

Closed out the night with T and G at their house eating some Flæseskteg sandwich. A Danish specialty. 

Perfect first day in CPH. 

Friends, food and fun!