What is it like to come to Harlem Run when you are visiting from a foreign country? Just ask Kristian from Denmark!
Every runner knows that the best way to explore a new city is by running. Before I left Denmark, I searched the web to find a crew to run with in NYC. Here I found Harlem Run and joining them was one of the best things I did while staying in the city. When I arrived, I first met Alison and Justin. They introduced themselves and quickly started talking about Harlem Run. I knew it was going to be a great time.
While I was running in New York, I got a lot of comments on my bare feet. Harlem Run wasn't different. "Barefeet Respect", "Where are your shoes?", and "Be careful, it's New York streets we're running on", were just some of the comments I got.
Barefoot running started for me when I was running my first marathon and busted my knee at 23 miles. I never fully recovered and I knew that I had to find another solution otherwise I would probably quit running. Thankfully, I found it.
Barefoot Running was not indented to be permanent. It should only have been a tool to get the perfect running style, but I liked the natural feeling and made it my trademark. Barefoot running has given me the speed to be a sub-1:30 half marathon runner and has given me the endurance to run an ultra of 43,5 miles.
Although I have had great experiences during my runs, running with Harlem Run was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Not because of the tempo or the route, but because of the new running family I gained. I was able to meet so many amazing runners who I hope to see again soon. Maybe even in Denmark! I will definitely be back in 2016 for the New York City Marathon to show everyone how fast the crazy guy in bare feet can be.
The best thing about the running crews worldwide is the CREWLOVE mentality. It doesn’t matter if you’re first-timer, a regular, or a visitor from Denmark. You will always be met with a smile and a hug so honestly, I can’t tell the difference between my own crew, Run For Aarhus, or Harlem Run.