I’m excited! I’m going to have my first blogger meet next week. My blogger friend Amy from Fit and fabulous at 40 who lives in Belgium is coming to Holland for a weekend. We found out that she’s staying at a vacation park 40 minutes away from where I live and we couldn’t pass the opportunity to meet each other. I really look forward to it. As Amy mentioned on her blog: we have never met but we became friends through our blog.
The musical Wicked is coming to Holland (with a Dutch cast and spoken/sing in Dutch) and when the ticket sale started last Thursday K. and I immediately bought tickets for it. We’re going in November and both look forward to it.
I’ve made some adjustments to my training schedule for my upcoming half. My original plan has a speedwork or tempo run on Wednesday but the distances are too long for me to run on a weekday before work, I just don’t have the time for that. I’m talking about 11.2K (7 miles) up to 16K (10 miles).
Experience from my last half marathon schedule is that I shortened almost every long run on Wednesday. I did some research on the internet and found the Hal Highdon half marathon plan for intermediates. I’m going to use his tempo and speedwork runs on Wednesdays. The longest is about 10K (± 6 miles).These distances feel much better for me.
During my vacation I ordered and received a little book that’s called “De 100 leukste lopen van Nederland en België (The 100 most fun/great races in Holland and Belgium). I used this book to make a running bucket list for myself with races I want to do. This is a “moving” list, I will be adding other races when I read about them in magazines or the internet. The races in Italic print are from the book.
I also made a list with European races that seems fun to do.
I probably won’t do every run that’s on the list but for me it’s a tool to plan my races for next year.
It is a dream to run a half marathon once somewhere in the USA but I don’t know if that’s going to happen. But a girl can dream can’t she?
Now here is where you come in: tell me your favorite race from your country and why I should add it to my list. You can find the list on a separate page, it’s at the top of my blog.
It has been 3 weeks since my last long run and I knew yesterday’s run was going to be tough.
Between 4 and 6K I had to run against the wind but that went pretty good. Between 6 and 9K I had the wind in my back and the sun came out which made it pretty hot. The first 7K I ran 10 minutes, walked for 1 minute and after that it became tough and I really had to push myself and take more walk breaks. Gladly Bruce helped me through the last metres of the run. It wasn’t my best run ever but it wasn’t the worst one either, it was a slow one. Which can be discussed over because my pace for this long run was supposed to be 7:24/km so in the end I ran at the recommended pace, it just feels slow. All things considered I was happy to get in a long run again and made the distance I had to do.
Weather: cloudy, partly sunny, moderate wind, 15C (59 degrees)
Distance: 11.2 K / 7 miles
Average time: 7:25 /km
Average speed: 8.1 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Bruce Springsteen – Badlands
365 days photo challenge 2011
Day 195 – Thursday July 14
In waiting room at the dentist.
Day 196 – Friday July 15
A random street in the village I grew up and lived for 25 years.
Day 197 – Saturday July 16
Fruits I bought at the market this morning.