Marathons are also about food and clothes!

August 16, 2011

Wow, suddenly Berlin seems to be just around the corner – less than 6 weeks to go!

The good news is that I’m starting to feel confident that I can do it – as long as no disasters strike between now and then. My achilles injury seems to be history and I’m back to a more or less normal running schedule, though I’m still being careful and not overdoing it. Although this Sunday I’m planning to run my first half-marathon since Broløbet in June 2010 – just days before I started chemo. Wow, I re-reading that post just made me cry….. I can see how naive I was writing then that I was going to keep on running no matter what – and yet I did it!

I’m also busy with other marathon preparations that don’t involve my running shoes. Today I got my new running shirt for the big day! I have been told that wearing a Denmark shirt provokes lots of support from spectators at Berlin marathon. However I have been going through moral turmoil about whether it was appropriate for me a Scot to run in a Denmark shirt – though Denmark has been my home for 22 years. I ended up consulting my husband (Danish) and one of my friends (also a Brit resident in Denmark) and both thought it was acceptable, so I’m going to go for it! It helps that it is red – my favourite colour.

The other thing that is pre-occupying me at the moment is food! A runner uses more than 30,000 steps to run a marathon which puts a huge pressure on the knees. They reckon that for each kg you lose you not only reduce the pounding on your knees, but you gain 1-3 seconds per km which is really quite a big deal. The bad news is that at the moment I weigh more than I have done for years! For many years I have maintained the same weight +/- 1 kg. I even managed to do that through my cancer treatment despite my horrible eating problems. But since I finished treatment my new laid back personality has also had an influence on my eating. I still eat just as healthily as I did before most of the time, but for example on holiday I didn’t hold myself back at all! The result is I now have the same weight as always +3kg (though it was +4kg just after my holidays!). So now I’m trying to get rid of the +3 kg before Berlin, but it’s a bit of a challenge to do that while also training hard!

On the fundraising front I have now raised 3000kr! Thanks to those of you who have contributed. If you haven’t done so yet, you can click here: http://www.betternow.org/projectskirstenejlskov. It would be wonderful if you also spread the word to your network through facebook, twitter etc.

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One Response to “Marathons are also about food and clothes!”


  1. Hmm, that would explain my recent knee issues 😦

    I think it’s great that you’re going to wear a DK shirt btw.

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