|Just before the race start in Krusa, Denmark.|
The weather was rather warm and my training hadn't bee stellar in regards to speed. Since this was a fast and rather flat course, I was hoping to break 5 hours easily. However, the day had other plans for me. Most runners appeared to be local Danes, but there were a few Germans and even an American living in Denmark at the race. We arrived early and hung out prior to race start. The race started on schedule.
|The race start.|
|After crossing a draw bridge and coming into Aid Station #1.|
|Cruising into Aid Station #2.|
As I was approaching aid station #2 after 40K, I was looking forward to some fluids and a snack. I was carrying only 2 bottles and the heat had picked up. Lots of the race course didn't have any shade and the heat started to slow me down. I had to carefully manage my water as to not to run out and that meant slowing down my pace.
|These trail markers led the way.|
|View from a cliff along the coast.|
|Running along the trail with the coastline ahead.|
|Coming into the finish line in Sonderburg, Denmark.|