I was at my Dad’s house celebrating his 70th birthday when I first heard about the Reykjavik, Iceland Marathon. Since completing my personal trainer certification, I have tried to combine vacations with exercise. Since I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland, this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I was currently training for my second marathon and knew I would want to do a third. Without hesitation, we booked our tickets.
My last few vacations have focused on being active. From hiking and trail running to races. Iceland was going to be no different. I flew in on a Thursday night. I stayed with a local from Reykjavik. We went out in the city that night; she showed me the places that locals go. Reykjavik is a fun city, and Icelandic people certainly know how to party. After my night out, I needed to recover in order to run the marathon on Saturday. So, on Friday we went to the Blue Lagoon. It really was as beautiful as I imagined it would be. They give you silicone masks for your face which makes your skin feel incredible. The hot water was great for my sore and tired legs. By the time we left the Blue Lagoon, I felt completely recovered.
The Iceland Marathon: A Great Experience
The next morning I woke up and ran the marathon. The course was beautiful. I passed by a couple of small waterfalls and ran along the coast for miles. A couple of locals joined me for parts of the race and we talked about Iceland. The rest of my group ran the 10k and were already at the geothermal baths when I crossed the finish line. My time was by no means a personal record for me, but the race was so much fun that it didn’t matter.
We went out for Reykjavik culture night following the marathon. The streets were filled with people celebrating. There were outdoor concerts and D.J’s and dance parties in the streets.
The Golden Circle
The day after the marathon we decided to do the Golden Circle tour. We rented a car and started the tour with a visit to Fontana geothermal baths. It was a great choice. It was absolutely beautiful and incredibly relaxing. We also visited many waterfalls, geysers, craters, and we even saw a glacier.
Even When Travelling, Stick to Your Healthy Eating Habits
After the geothermal baths, all of my soreness from the marathon felt better. After all of our sightseeing, we were ready for dinner. Trying to eat healthy while vacationing doesn’t have to be hard. I use an app called “Happy Cow” to look up vegan restaurants in the areas that we travel to. We ended the night eating a vegan dinner from a little Ethiopian restaurant. The food was amazing.
After one more day of sightseeing, we headed back to Denver. The next race vacation…Bar Harbor, Maine…stay tuned.
The Sky’s the Limit
Visiting Iceland and running the marathon was incredible. I never thought that I would have the ability to run marathons, much less the opportunity to travel the world while running races. Don’t limit yourself, with hard work and dedication; you can do anything you set your mind to.
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