First of all, let's get one thing straight. I am not a runner. I'm someone who will occasionally go for a run to maintain a somewhat decent shape. And to prove that I still have it in me and confirm that the sedentary office work, the lunch buffet, and the Thursday cake still haven't caught up with me. Legs still good? Can the lungs keep up?
The second thing we need to make clear; I pretty much always run the same route. Vestre Kirkegaard, Søndermarken, Frederiksberg Gardens. Often just the cemetery route. My urge to challenge the distance is limited: three miles, that's fine. That's usually all I need to sense if I'm still in shape.
My reasons for mostly running in parks and cemeteries are obvious. No traffic, apart from the pedestrians you have to zig-zag through: there's a bit of green for the eyes and gravel to run on most of the way.
Now I'm going to try out something new, a new running route through Copenhagen.
The challenge is to find a good route through the city, where: the traffic is not too crowded, you get some fresh air, the surface is not too hard, there is something pleasant for the eyes, there is not too much noise, and perhaps most importantly; you don't have to stop for red lights every few moments. Is this even realistic?
The only way to find out is to try it out yourself.
Come along! We're going for a run in the city.
I'm standing below The Bicycle Snake at Dybbølsbro, fiddling with my running watch. I must admit, it's been a long time since I've used it, but I'd like to measure how long the route is. Time is not that important. The most important thing for me this morning is to keep my eyes and ears open while running.
It's a bit after seven, and the temperature is a little above freezing. We are at the beginning of March. And although I am not much of a morning person, I have to conclude that it's a lovely morning. Slightly foggy, not too windy. The plan is to run down Kalvebod Brygge until I reach Knippels bridge, over the bridge back home along Islands Brygge, and then through Bryggebroen back to my starting point. A section of the established Havneringen route. Go.