July – August 2004

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Intro

In 2004, I decided I was going to check something crazy off my bucket list (and no, I’m not talking about going to Russia) – I committed to training for and running a marathon!  And I’m not even a runner!  So from July to December 2004, I embarked on a rigorous weekly training schedule in San Francisco, led by the National AIDS Marathon Training Program – for whom I raised $3000, thanks to many supporters!  All of a sudden, I now had plans every Saturday in San Francisco for 6 months.  But… what about traveling? 

Since not traveling wasn’t an option, and not training wasn’t an option….  I just moved my training over the Atlantic for a few weeks!  My training schedule now included, in this order:  a 10-mile run in Moscow;  two mid-week 3-milers in Saint Petersburg and Helsinki;  a brisk 12-mile run in Stockholm (almost a half-marathon!);  two more 3-milers in Oslo and Reykjavik;  and finally a 6-mile run in Copenhagen.  Running around a city is a completely new way to see things, PLUS you can cover significantly more ground in less time — though admittedly, it’s a lot harder to take pictures! 

In between these ‘sightseeing runs’ in Russia’s and Scandinavia’s most famous cities, I spent a few days exploring three very interesting and little-visited ‘countries’.  I sampled the ‘Åland Pancake’, a delicious local specialty served with plum jam and whipped

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Frankfurt, GermanyJuly 29, 2004July 29, 2004
    2Moscow, RussiaJuly 29, 2004August 2, 2004
    3Saint Petersburg, RussiaAugust 2, 2004August 4, 2004
    4Helsinki, FinlandAugust 4, 2004August 5, 2004
    5Tallinn, EstoniaAugust 5, 2004August 5, 2004
    6Helsinki, FinlandAugust 5, 2004August 6, 2004
    7Turku, FinlandAugust 6, 2004August 6, 2004
    8Mariehamn, Aland IslandsAugust 6, 2004August 7, 2004
    9Stockholm, SwedenAugust 7, 2004August 9, 2004
    10Oslo, NorwayAugust 9, 2004August 11, 2004
    11Copenhagen, DenmarkAugust 11, 2004August 11, 2004
    12Reykjavik, IcelandAugust 11, 2004August 12, 2004
    13Kulusuk, GreenlandAugust 12, 2004August 12, 2004
    14Tasiilaq, GreenlandAugust 12, 2004August 13, 2004
    15Kulusuk, GreenlandAugust 13, 2004August 13, 2004
    16Reykjavik, IcelandAugust 13, 2004August 13, 2004
    17Tórshavn, Faroe IslandsAugust 13, 2004August 14, 2004
    18Copenhagen, DenmarkAugust 14, 2004August 16, 2004
    19Hillerød, DenmarkAugust 16, 2004August 16, 2004
    20Copenhagen, DenmarkAugust 16, 2004August 17, 2004
    21Brussels, BelgiumAugust 17, 2004August 17, 2004
    22Frankfurt, GermanyAugust 17, 2004August 17, 2004

    Featured Image

    Senaatintori, Helsinki, Finland

    My first foray into Scandinavia coincided with a very strict training schedule in preparation for my first marathon I’d be running in Honolulu this December. That meant I was sightseeing while running around Helsinki — here, I just finished a short 3-mile run. Next stop, Stockholm — 12 miles!

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