Day 198: Amsterdam Half Marathon 2013

I love having a goal and something to look forward to. So when Barbara asked me if I wanted to run a half marathon with her in October, I immediately said yes, not worrying that the last race I ran was 20 years ago and only a 5K.

I started running with Jeff a few months ago, but just for exercise and to do something together. I never dreamed of a half marathon. So many of my friends are runners and I never saw myself as one. I didn’t think I could do it. But last year, Michele inspired me to run more than my typical 3 miles on the treadmill, and I surprised myself when I was able to run 5 miles, and the next day 7. The secret she taught me was to run and then walk if I had to and then to run again. For some reason, I never thought of that as an option. I always thought when I slowed to walk, that I must be done because I was tired. Not true. It’s possible to slow down and then go again. Thanks Michele – this tip should come in handy on the 13 miler!

Bob told me of a cool app called Runtastic. He’s running the full marathon and he uses it on his runs. I tried it out today for the first time and was able to run 4 miles at a 10 minute per mile pace with my music and GPS tracking my distance. It called out the mile markers, which kept me motivated. Thanks, Bob!

I ran out to the Oudekerk, my favorite town in Holland and even slowed to snap a few pictures while running to show you why this is one of the prettiest towns. The sun is out today and it is cold and crisp and gorgeous outside. Hope you have a great weekend.
– Adriana

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6 thoughts on “Day 198: Amsterdam Half Marathon 2013

  1. Welcome to the club! I am so excited that you are running and doing a half ! The tips you got are great ones … Listen to your body because its the only one you have and have fun my friend ! Running has become a lifestyle and passion of mine.. It gives me time to think or not think :), I get to see and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us, and it gives me peace and sets the tone for the day… Not to mention keeping me in shape..:) I hope I can inspire and encourage you through your training … Love that you love running! Miss you and sending good running karma your way…:) xoxo

  2. I’m running too – though just in bootcamp – but that’s something right! Today we had our fit-test and I ran my mile quicker than last time. Yey! Good for you Adriana – and lovely pictures too! xx

    • Jenny – I’m so proud of you! You’ve been swimming and doing bootcamp for a long time now. Congratulations on beating your time. That’s huge!! Keep up the good work and thank you for the encouragement!!

  3. It is great that you are running Adriana. When I used to run, the first mile always really sucked. After that, I could run for miles. I was in many races, but never in a half marathon. I would only do a 10 K. If it wasn’t that I have bad knee, I still be running. I loved looking at the beautiful landscapes, and smell the fresh air. ( hint) I chewed gum! It helped me not to get dry mouth as I was running. Drink that water, also!!! Happy trails!!!!

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