Harriet Kjaer is a new member of Lifefood Sport Team. A violinist who discovered running while teaching her daughter riding a bycikle. Dare to dream big dreams with her.
You call yourself an ultra runner. Can you describe this discipline?
An ultra runner runs distances from 50km and over. It can be done on roads and in mountains. I do runs of 80, 100, 110, 170 and 200km. Mostly I do Ultra trails which are in the hills or mountains. The longest run I did so far lasted 59 hours with only one hour of sleep.
You follow a raw vegan diet. Why did you choose this diet?
I have nearly always been a vegetarian and vegan, and some 5 years ago I came across the raw vegan fruitarian diet. I did not have any transition period. One day, I just had one whole pineapple for breakfast and that was it. I felt my energy levels rise and I never went back. (why would anyone want to!).
My marathon time improved by nearly 40 minutes in just a few months , and my 100km time by 70 minutes. I felt my general health and happiness rise and even though it can be challenging at times, mainly in social gatherings, I wouldn't swap my plate of beautiful fruit, full of vitamins and deliciousness for any other plate on earth.
How does a typical day look like for you?
On a typical day I would start my training at around 6am in order to have enough time for a few hours of running, then I would have breakfast. Sometimes I bring a Lifebar to eat immediately after the training to refuel quickly before breakfast.
Breakfast consists of 700g of celery juiced, and then blended in a smoothie with 7 bananas and 2 spoonfuls of raw protein powder. The combination of celery and bananas may sound strange but it is truly wonderful, salty and sweet and full of minerals and energy. 12 o'clock snack: A few pieces of fruit or dates if I am hungry.
Lunch is at 2 o'clock when I have (surprise , surprise) another smoothie of celery and bananas or a plate full of peaches, cherimoya , half a watermelon or a pineapple etc..
Dinner is the time of day when I like to sit down calmly and relax with a good meal. And guess what, I will have a smoothie or a salad with a piece of raw dehydrated bread with avocado and a mountain of spinach , rocket or other leafy green. My favourite salad consists of chopped celery, apple, grape, blueberries sprinkled with lime juice and some raw nuts. I also enjoy spiralized zucchini with a raw tomato basil sauce. The evening meal is very important for me as I have to eat enough to feel fit for the training next day.
What about weekends?
At weekends I often do long 4-6 hour training sessions in the mountains so I fill my bag with trail mix and Lifebars, as it is a bit complicated to go running with 15 bananas in a bag. The dehydrated food and raw bars are ideal to maintain great energy levels without having to carry too much weight or having to compromise on the raw diet.
What is your dream and what do you want to achieve in your life?
Sometimes I have the feeling I am living my dreams already. I get all emotional when I think about how life is immensely more incredible and fun than I would ever have imagined. One of them of course is to reach more podiums in my running career and why not do the 1000km Camino of Compostella..running of course. Work wise I am dreaming of one day opening a violinmaking school here in Barcelona. New dreams are born every day through people and experiences, and most of them come true so I have great hope for the future.