Yesterday DB and I ran the Echo 5km race that was part of the Amsterdam Marathon day. I didn’t walk. I didn’t have pain in my legs. And I came in about 1/2 way through the women runners, at 32 minutes and some seconds. Wow am I happy!
DB did really good at 26 minutes en nog wat. He REALLY ran fast. So fast that he was in pain at the end of the day. As a matter of fact, it’s now Monday night and we’re both sitting here on the couch with ice on our lower legs. What a pair.
I have to say, if you want to increase your mileage with running, run a race that’s just farther than you normally run. With the crowd of people, the excitement of the day, the encouragement from everyone, you easily go beyond what you think you can do. Those 32 minutes just flew by and I never would have thought it was 5km. It was over before I knew it. It was pretty cool to start from within the Olympic Stadium and to finish there too. You really felt like you were a part of a big event and that it was something special. Since it was my first race ever, it was sure special to me!
I have some photos posted on flickr here and I’ve also made a flickr group for others to upload their photos of the event. Tomorrow morning I’m back at the gym and am so curious how my body will feel. Will I be able to keep up the running and hold off the shin splints? I think the weight training and extra stretching has really helped. And the fysio of course. I’m certainly excited about heading for 10km now!