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.
I hadn’t planned to run another half this year, but I did and I’m happy that I did. The Amsterdam Half Marathon is always sold out, but in the weeks leading up to the event there are always lots of people offering bib numbers (which is allowed by the organisation). After watching so may people offering to transfer their bibs, I decided to take the gamble and buy one.
A unique race that starts in Kew Gardens, you zig-zag through the park and even pass the famous Great Pagoda. After this you continue on the towpath along the Thames. The course follows the towpath until Teddington Lock and then turns around to pass Ham house and to end in the Old Deer Park. Continue reading
It’s been a difficult couple months of running and I have my first half marathon coming up. This race seemed like a good training run and I wasn’t aiming for a particular time. The Leiden Ladiesrun is a small race. Around a 1000 women had the choice of running one 5k loop or two times the same loop to make it a 10k.
My first race after the Alpe d’HuZes. Running hasn’t been going very well this past month. I am apparently still recovering from the ultra and also got a cold during the ultra and it took me about three weeks to get rid of it.
Last year I participated in the Mini Marathon Rotterdam, which is 4.2 km. This year I decided to go for the 1/4 marathon, so 10.55 km.