It’s important for her to get good time results and to get better and better, but it is not all that counts. Kerstin is satisfied if she arrives in her expected time frame, in good physical conditions and without too much pain.
She loves the atmosphere around the race, seeing all the fantastic buildings during the city races and to experience the overwhelming feeling when people are cheering for her without even knowing her.
“Running is not my life, but without running my life would not be what it is now. Running a marathon is actually similar to life itself. In the beginning it is easy, but even if you are really well prepared it gets tough. You might feel pain or get exhausted, but you keep on going and when you have made it you feel relieved and deeply happy. It is about never giving up,” she says.
Now Kerstin is planning for several international marathons, the next one in New York later this year. She has also tried “ultra-running”, an experience where you go further than a full marathon.
“But I will mainly stick to my marathons. I am not a so called ‘marathon collector’, but there are many exciting races yet to run. Running gives me balance, strength and happiness. Although I have only been doing this for less than ten years, I cannot even imagine what it would be like to not do it. I look very much forward to run the ‘bloody long way’ again in my next marathon very soon.”
- The big goal was to finish her first marathon before turning 40, and of course she made it!
- Kerstin often travels in her work and always brings her training shoes.
- When Kerstin got married she and her husband only wanted travel funds as gifts, they have been saving it all for a honeymoon in connection with the New York Marathon which will take place later this year