Kirstine Skytt Mikkelsen

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On You...
 
10 facts about me:
1. A 28 year old daughter, little sister and single
2. Living in Aarhus - “The City of Smiles” (second largest city in Denmark and the world’s smallest big city)
3. Have lived in Bangkok, Berlin and Hamburg
4. Have a MA degree in International Business Communication
5. Working with communication and innovation within the public healthcare sector
6. Speak Danish, English, German and Spanish, but can say “cheers” in 8 languages
7. Member of the running community RUNAAR (Run for Aarhus) #RUNAAR
8. Awarded “Smile of the year” among fellow runners
9. Adidas Ambassador
10. Sneeze when looking at the sun 
 
On Running...
 
I started running when I was about 16 years old to keep staying active after quitting handball. But to me running became much more than just a way of being physical active, it was also a way to clear my mind, to recharge and to strengthen my mental health. It still is. Furthermore, I enjoy both exploring nature and different cities and countries wearing my running shoes. For many years I ran by my own but in the last years I’ve discovered the surplus energy that the company of others can give you. 
 
 
On Your First Run...

I don’t remember my first run. But I know that I have been addicted to running ever since. 
 
On Street Culture...
 
Even though Aarhus is a small city compared to the world’s big metropoles it still has a lot to offer, including street sports such as non-commercial and non-professional running communities. These growing running communities have added an extra dimension to running that is otherwise often associated with team sports: the social dimension. 
 
 
On Running Culture...
 
I’ve noticed a huge development during the last 12 years since I started running myself. Running as a primarily one man sport is now much more characterized as a social sport, especially because of the many urban running communities that arise mainly in the big cities. Several times per week I take part myself in the running community RUNAAR (Run for Aarhus). More than 100 people across gender, age, religion and ethnicity gather to run together in the streets of Aarhus. When we don't run, we cheer; hang out together and party #crewlove
The social dimension of the urban running communities can very well be combined with personal goals, effort and development at your very own level. You're independent and yet a part of a community, which is driven by a common passion for running and an interest in meeting and getting to know other people.
 
 

On Gadgets...
 
I always wear my running watch, and I can’t go for a run anymore without tracking it. I like to see my performances graphically visualized and to be reminded of the little improvements and victories. But other than that I prefer as few gadgets as possible. I don’t even listen to music while running.
 
On Injury...
 
Running is such an important influencer on both my physical and mental health as well as my social life. Not being able to run because of an injury would therefore be a huge loss. The other way around those important factors would make it possible to fight even harder to get back in the game instead of giving up. 

On Achievements...
 
The second you realize that you have reached your goal it is a big relief. But to me reaching a PB will never be more important than maintaining the joy and passion for running. That said, I do get very motivated by future goals. In May this year I had my first marathon experience. The heat was terrible, but I’m very aware of the strengths and limits of my own body. Thus a lot of water, my competitive mind and the cheering of friends & family got me through the Copenhagen Marathon. It was a great experience! 
 
 
 
On Future Goals... 
 
I’ve lived in Berlin and would love to run another marathon and other circumstances and through the streets of the German capital. But the most important goal is to maintain my passion for running. 
 
On Your Social Media... 
 
Social media is a fantastic opportunity to share experiences and memories trough pictures, facts and descriptions with people who share the same passion for running, both close friends and people from around the world. Among other things I share my running experiences on Instagram @kirstineskytt
 
 
On Pink...
 
Pink is a strong color both visually and symbolically. I have a special pink running T-shirt that I wore for a run to support the fight against breast cancer. 
 
On Pain...
 
Pain is a natural part of running. But it is meant in a good way. When you challenge yourself and push yourself to the psychical and mental limit you feel the pain. But it is temporary and it will make you stronger.
 
 On Women's Running...
 
You get to know yourself better; your body as well as your mind - strengths and weaknesses. You’ll stay healthy, can eat more and you'll live longer in a hotter body :-)
 
 
On the Past You...
 
 “I bet you can't run 5k in a month". That would get me going.
 
When I die...
 
I hope my (running) spirit will carry on...

#RunRevolution


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