Dam to Dam, Try 2

One week ago DB and I ran the Dam to Dam race, which is 16km (10 miles) from AmsterDAM to ZaanDAM, thus DAM to DAM.  This was my second time.  The first time was 3 years ago and since then I’ve had a knee operation and fits and starts at getting back into running shape.  I was SUPER happy with my results.

OK, I am at the end of the pack.  I am in the 20% at the back.  I don’t care.  I made it, without injury and feeling pretty good at the end.  My time was 1 hour and 45 minutes, which was 15 minutes faster than the first time I ran it.  Yea!

Now, based on this success, DB and I have this crazy and possibly dangerous idea of running the Amsterdam Half Marathon, which takes place 4 weeks after the Dam to Dam.  Yes, 3 weeks from today.  We must be mad.  We signed up yesterday for it.

This morning we both went running in the dunes and agreed we’d run 1 hour as that was just far enough to test the old legs.  Wow.  It’s amazing how tired and sore you can still be after running 16km a week earlier.  Now that I’m sitting on the couch at 9pm, I almost feel like I had run the Dam to Dam all over again.

Next weekend we plan to run between 1.5 and 2 hours to get our legs used to such a long time running.

Actually, I’ll be happy to just FINISH the half marathon.  I don’t mind at all if I have to walk a bit here and there to get through it.  Finishing is the goal for these old legs.

Wish us luck!

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