Yesterday it was May 4th. On this day we remember all the victims of World War II and all victims (civilian and military) that died in war situations. We do that by hanging our flag half-mast from 6 pm till after 8 pm. At 8 pm the whole country (or almost) is silent for 2 minutes to remember the victims. After that we raise the flag again till sunset.
So there I sat in front of our TV right before 8 pm. We always watch the remembrance ceremony at the Dam in Amsterdam where the Queen is present. So we were quiet and right before the end of the 2 minutes a man started screaming and the crowd got into a panic and tried to run away. It seemed a man raised his arms and started screaming (not in Dutch) and another man seemed to drop a suitcase. Our Queen and her family were brought to safety immediately and after peace had been restored she came back and the ceremony continued. I found out this morning 68 people were hurt.
I told you last week what happened on Queens day last year and now this, I often wonder what country/world we’re living in these days. Here’s a video of what happened, the panic starts at 1 minute 50. At 5 minutes the Queen, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima return.
Today on May 5th we celebrate our freedom. May 5th is the official date that we were liberated by mostly the Canadians back in 1945. Every 5 years this day is a public holiday. It is mostly celebrated by freedom concerts all over the country (not in my village by the way).
We went to puppy training with Bella yesterday and she did very well. There were 6 dogs for the training. We got to ask a lot of questions how to raise Bella. We got a clicker which is meant to help her learn things. For example: every time she pees outside we click and she gets a treat which is a piece of her normal food. This way she learns that when she pees outside it’s good.
Tomorrow my free days are over and it’s back to work. Bella is going to stay with my mother in law and on Friday R. has the day off so she won’t be alone this week.
Half marathon training week 2 (May 3-May 9):
Tuesday: Climax run, pace 5:57-6:12/km, 100-100-200-200-300-400-600 m, 3 minute breaks. -> done but skipped the 400 and 600.
Wednesday: 30 minute endurance run, pace 6:57-7:12/km with 3 tempo runs of 3 minutes, pace 6:27-6:42/km. -> done, 4.4 K.
Friday: 20 minute endurance run, pace 6:57-7:12/km.
Saturday: 7 km endurance run, pace 7:12-7:27 /km
Yesterday I did my interval on the treadmill. It didn’t go too well, I think it’s the shoes. We are not allowed to wear outdoor shoes in the gym so I wear my Reebok fitness shoes instead of my running shoes on the treadmill and I start to think that’s the reason why my interval training isn’t going like I want too. My legs are tired after 20 minutes. How do you do that when you run on the treadmill in the gym?
Distance: 3 K / 1.8 miles
Average time: 6:45 /km
Average speed: 8.9 km/hour
Today I did training 1 of this week: 30 minutes with 3 tempo runs of 3 minutes in it. It was a good run, nice weather: not too cold and no rain. I like the variation in this run, normally I just run for 30 minutes at the same pace but the tempo runs in it makes the time go faster and the run more fun.
Weather: cloudy, not much wind, dry, ± 15 ˚C (59 degrees).
Distance: 4.4 K / 2.7 miles
Average time: 6:48 /km
Average speed: 8.8 km/hour
Goal total km’s/miles week 18:
22.5K / 13.9 miles.
Total week 18: 7.4 K / 1.8 miles.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.