The first Finish of the day was at the Lions Heuvelloop in Bloemendaal. I was signed up to run 10 km, but since I hadn’t run a step in 10 days I decided to change that to the 5 km. Boy am I glad I did! This is very small race where it seemed most people knew each other. It was the first time I., G., and I ran this one and we really didn’t know what to expect. I showed up first to pay for our entrance and get our race numbers. This took place at a sport center in Bloemendaal. I asked if there was somewhere to put our packs and personal belongings during the race. The guy working there looked around and said, “ummmm, well, most people just come from their houses, so, no, there’s no place to keep your stuff.” It’s REALLY a small event!
Luckily G. drove over from Amsterdam so we locked our stuff in her car. We then walked over to the start/finish which was about a 10 minute walk. Here are some photos of the scene, about 10 minutes before the start of the race.
What a crowd, right? In the end there were maybe 150 people running. The 5 km that I did wound through Bloemendaal and back. It was VERY HILLY (“Heuvelloop” means “hill run”)! You can see here what the elevation change was. I managed it in 32 minutes which I was very very happy with, considering my lack of running lately.
When you come to the finish line there’s a woman with a clipboard writing down your time as you pass through:
I really enjoyed this small race and would happily do it again. I could also bike there and back from home, which is another plus. I. and G. both ran the 10 km through the dunes and they both liked it a lot. We’ll all be back next year!
The second finish of the day was my first Spina di Pesce sock. I actually finished the knitting last night, but sewed in the yarn ends this afternoon and took photos. Here it is!
It fits perfectly and I’m really happy with it. I’ve already finished the toe of the second sock. I don’t want any second sock syndrome going on here!
I talked to my mom this afternoon, like I do just about every Sunday afternoon. Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I miss you!