AFTER BIRTHDAY RUN.
STORY TOLD BY NIKLAS MARTEN
Pictures by Max Menning
Already 571k from thespeedproject (550 kilometres) and Berlin Half (well, 21 kilometres) in the books… How could we torture our bodies next?! Right! Let’s visit our friends from NBRO Running in Copenhagen and do a nice full marathon.
Interesting side fact: We arrived on a Friday. Saturday was my birthday… and the race was on Sunday. (Not that this would change anything.)
So, after arrival in the morning we find our beautiful Airbnb in Østerbro and spend the day exploring the city which shows its best sunny side. We especially like Christiania for its beautiful architecture and unique street art (lol).
At night, it’s time to attack our duty free souvenirs accompanied by several pallets of Tuborg. What starts as a chilled boozing party diverts into a long Techno night at Culture Box that ends around 7 a.m. Nobody would imagine to run for 100metres at this point. But wait, there’s a shake out run at 10 a.m. LET’S GO THERE!
NBRO'S SHAKE OUT RUN
Still (more than) slightly drunk, we arrive and seriously, it already felt like the actual marathon. Together with numerous international Runners we managed those 5k (of pain) and arrived at the marathon expo to pick up our shit. First thing we're being asked by our dear friend Kristin is: “Guys, did you drink last night?” – “Nope.”
After we got our starting numbers we headed to the Copenhagen Street Food Market to spend the whole day carb loading and chilling at its best. Goals: get sober, don’t move.
Our three guys cheering squad (Julia, Steffi & Max (in double function)) was set, the runners not so much. Niko was going for his very FIRST marathon, for myself it was the second so I’d call myself experienced here. Race goals: be fast, chug a nice warm Tuborg and most importantly: SURVIVE. Results:
2:55:59 – Eugen Fink, holding a boom box for 25k
3:07:26 – Nikolas Zeigert, "enjoying" his first marathon
3:27:53 – Niklas Marten, still sobering up
What you don’t see on the pictures: Niko and I hit the wall at kilometre 35, Eugen, however, did an Instagram story every f****** kilometre and chugged two beer.
Reminder for next time: Don’t take your return flight right after finishing the race. Because first, we missed the after race party and second, we just looked ridiculous trying to leave the plane.