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Me vs Running Part 5: Nike Women’s 10km Berlin recap

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The struggle

As I approached the Nike Village I could already hear the beats of Icona Pop, how awesome! This got me a little more excited again. The village was huge and again there were many things to do, like getting your hair done or getting awesome temporary tattoos. I was so happy though once the warm-up started, because it was freezing cold – Berlin weather is so weird. The first 4km went kind of smoothly, I had a nice pace, I didn’t feel my injury and the vibe was again amazing, the audience in the street had the same great energy as the girls running. However, we went slightly uphill after 4km, and this is where my struggle started.

The end sprint

Lawd, the food I had before, maybe it would have been better to eat it after the race. At 6km there was a water stand, I stood still and thankfully took a big glass, hoping my food would go down again. It didn’t. These last kilomters we ran through the Tempelhof field, which is huge and awesome, but obviously there were less enthousiastic supporters as before because it was a little more remote. I struggled soooo bad these last kilometers, my pace going up and down, my food as well. Because the field was so big, you could see the finish already from far away – too far. The last few hundred meters I was pushing myself to get the end sprint out, but I really, really didn’t want to. As I was trying to force myself (‘This is your last chance!!!!’), I suddenly heard this extremely loud roar: “(…….) LISA!!!” (my music was really loud so I only heard my name haha) – I looked over and saw my bf standing there. This pushed me to do get that sprint out. He actually brought sweets that I was totally addicted to as a kid (Nimm2 Lachgummies, someone?) – isn’t. that. the. sweetest. thing. ever. Honey if you read this; thanks.

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