The Dam tot Damloop is the biggest running event in The Netherlands with 40,000 participants. It’s from Amsterdam to Zaandam.
My colleague picked me up just after noon and we went to Amsterdam together. We arrived around half past 12 and it rained. And I don’t mean nice drizzling rain, no it rained hard. We stayed at the train station till it was almost 1 pm and then dropped of our clothing at the trucks. We found our other colleagues and had our group photo taken (when I have it I will post it of course).
By then it was thunder, lightning and raining even harder. We all were soaking wet within a minute. We found a dry place that we left about 10 minutes before the start. The start was at 1.30 pm. Because there were so many people running, every 10 minutes groups of 2,500 people started.
Right from the start I knew I was going to finish this run. My legs felt great, at that point my lungs too. The first 10K I was fine, I didn’t have a fast pace but today wasn’t about time but about finishing. Between 11 and 12K my lungs started to hurt and I needed more walking breaks but still knew I was going to finish this.
I never had a negative thought in my mind, I was so positive about this run. I kept saying: you are going to finish this and then I smiled: BIG!
The race itself was awesome. Because people started in time shifts I never ran alone, there were always people running in front, beside and after me. There were so many people along the course that were cheering and had music on. It was fantastic. The last 2K in Zaandam were the best, so many people there that helped the runners cross the finish line by cheering for them.
After I finished and got my medal I went to find the guys from work (I was the only women running). They all waited for me to finish even though they had much faster times than me, that was so great of them. We left together to walk to the train station and had a beer (well I didn’t) together.
This run made me realize I can do that half marathon. My health wasn’t a 100% and I still did finish it which makes it maybe one of my best runs ever, never mind the time. If I can do this, I can do that half too in 4 weeks.
My finish time? It was 2 hours and 30 seconds and I’m very very happy about it.
I didn’t take any pictures myself. There will be race photos of me and if they are good I will post it.
The day after? My upper legs and knees are a bit sore. There was a huge tunnel at the beginning of the run and what goes down must go up and there were a few bridges we had to run over. I always run a flat course and not really used to it. I asked a lot from my lungs yesterday because today it’s worse than before Sunday. But it was all worth it!
Thank you all for supporting me this past week, I needed it very much and it helped me run this race. You’re all the best!
Weekly workout review
365 days photo challenge 2011
Day 260 – Saturday September 17
Getting my stuff together for the race.
Day 261 – Sunday September 18
And a well deserved glass of wine at night.