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A status of 2018

During 2018 I stood on the start line in 18 races, 2 races I did not finish, 2 races were road races to get a PR (15km and half marathon), and in 10 races I managed to finish top 3, so based on statistics, 2018 has been a pretty good year.   

Finding my motivation
In the beginning of the year, my running was great, I started the year with a PR on 15km and shortly after it was time for my first OCR race of the season. It's no secret that I finished off 2017 with no OCR motivation, therefore, I went on a road trip to Germany, to see if I could find it, and I did! But I also found a joy for the longer OCR races, which turned in to a general joy for long trail races as well. My race calendar started being filled with trail races since that was what motivated me, this is also where I managed 8 of my 10 top 3 finishes.

The year was off to a good start, and I had some awesome running experiences; including Røsnæs trail (where I found the love of running on rolling rocks and where I got my first ever 1st place), and of course SkyRace at Himmelbjerget, the surroundings were just amazing😍
Late Spring my OCR motivation went on a decline again, and I was really struggling making a decision regarding the OCR European Championship; it was in Esbjerg (Denmark), which ended up being the reason why I decided to do it. It hadn't been a year since I broke my left hand, and before I knew it my left hand was back in a purple cast, as I fractured my wrist when I fell from Stairway to Heaven on the OCR European Championship standard course.

Funny enough, I didn't really care that I broke my wrist, of course it was annoying, but now I had an excuse not to do OCR for a while, which was a relief. After my accident in July 2017 I was DETERMINED to run the OCR World Championship in October that year, however, this time I made a decision straightaway, that I would not run the OCRWC later that year; I needed a break😐
I was prepared to give my upper body a break, as the hand needed to heal, but what I wasn't prepared for were all the issues I suddenly had with my hip flexor after my accident at OCREC.

The first time I was out running, my hip flexor started hurting, which was something it had never done before. It turned out that actually would be my biggest challenge of 2018; it has been more frustrating and much harder to deal with my hip flexor than a hand in a cast. The issues with my hip flexor has followed me since, July and it's still not a 100% yet. However, (unfortunately) that didn't stop me racing through the second half of 2018 on my quest to conquer more of my goals.
One of the races I was the most excited about in all of 2018 was Xterra 21km Trail run at Møns Klint. I had signed up for that in April, and I was really looking forward to the race in September. This race was probably my best running experience ever, I truly enjoyed it and had the best time out on the course!😍
A week after this race, I made one stupid decision; to let me ego run CPH Half, which was the stupidest decision I made race-wise this year😬 The only reason I was at that start line, was to get that PR, and no PR is worth injuring yourself any further. 

As for my 2018 Goals... 
  • 10 pull ups (repeat from 2017)
  • 1 muscle up (repeat from 2017)
  • Flying Monkey in a race (repeat from 2017)
  • Deadlift 130kg

Some went better than others, I have done flying monkey in three out of 3 possible races, where it has been!😊 I practiced it at fitnessdk Nygårdsvej everytime I was there; I forced myself to do at least 1, even on bad days and when my legs were literally shaking from fear that I would fall, but it was worth it! I still remember how excited I was after I did my first flying monkey at Strong Viking in Germany, I was on top of the world!!🙌😃

As for my deadlift, it wasn't long after New Years that I decided I didn't really care if I could deadlift 130kg, therefore, I quickly gave up on that. As for the pull ups and muscle up, perhaps if I hadn't broken my wrist, I would have made it, however, I guess I need something to work on again in 2019😂 



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2018 in pictures

Here is my 2018 in pictures, they pretty much sums up my year😊

The year included lots of bouldering

My first OCR race of the year, 19km Strong Viking in Germany
The year included lots of trail races, this was my first ever 1st place finish
Nordic Race Hasle Bakker is one of my favourite OCR races in Denmark
One of my favourite trail races was SkyTrail at Himmelbjerget
A fall from Reborn's Stairway to Heaven at OCR European Championship changed the year

First race after I got my cast off, my hip flexor gave me so many problems, which continued the rest of the year
Best running experience of 2018 is without a doubt Møns Klint, such as an amazing experience, love running on rolling rocks
The one race I wish I had never done; lesson learned! Don't run when you're injured!
Longeste OCR race (and run) at Spartan Race Beast Barcelona
Looking forward to many more amazing running experiences in 2019