I’ve been running for 3,5 years now and although I now run longer distances, my overall fitness hasn’t really improved. I’ve done 3 fitness tests over the last 3 years. All of them telling me that it was ok for me to exercise, but none of those could really tell me what was causing the issues that I have while exercising, and what would help me improve.
One of my favorite smaller races is the Leiden Ladiesrun. They have a 5k loop, which you can run twice if you want to do the 10k and there are around 1200 participants. It is not organized by some big company which charges you a lot of money. On the contrary, it is a well organised race, not expensive and thanks to sponsors most of the entry fee goes to charity. They raise around 10.000 euros each year and each year they pick another charity. And on top of that they also give you a very nice medal! What’s not to like?
I looked at my blog the other day and realised I still hadn’t reviewed these shoes, even though I’ve had them for quite a while, so here it goes. I owned a pair of Skechers Gorun Ultra before these and liked them, although I didn’t like the durability of them. So I hoped Skechers had fixed that problem in the number 2 and picked up two pair when I was in the US at one of their outlet stores. I got the grey/purple/pink version, which seemed the best choice for women, because the turquoise/hot pink version seemed too Barbie to me. No Skechers, not all women want to run in bright turquoise and hot pink running shoes….
I was in Primark and saw an action camera for around €40. Since I can’t really afford a GoPro, I decided to give this action camera a go.
I was looking at all the marathon world records that there are, like fastest marathon dressed as an insect, dressed as a foot, as a nut, as a doctor or even fastest marathon while flipping pancakes or on crutches.
After my last half ended in a DNF and being so busy that I basically only trained the last 3 weeks for this race, I wasn’t sure how this race would go. But I just decided to go and see how far I would get. I knew I wasn’t going to run a PR with just 3 weeks of training, only goal was to finish (if possible in under 3 hours) and if it would end in another DNF, so be it. Website of the race said “there is no time limit for the half marathon”, so that sounded promising.
Today was a first for me. A first DNF. But then I guess there is a first time for everything. I ran a 5 k and a 10 k race last weekend, on the same day, and I was fine. Sure, I didn’t get a PB on the 10 k, but you can’t always run a PB. I knew that to begin with, because I have trouble running during the winter, so during spring I’m not in the best shape yet. I run my PBs during autumn. And I’m fine with that. I’ve had enough rest in the past week, although I could have slept more I suppose, but I’m currently working 60 hour weeks, so that wasn’t really an option. So, the point is that I probably could have finished the race. I’m not injured and I wasn’t in any pain while running today. The point was the race, or to be more specific, the organisation.