A different weekend for the SaddleDrunkers as you can notice from the title. Yes we decided to swap shoes.From cleats to rubber soles, to take part at the TCS Amsterdam Marathon.
For me coming back to Amsterdam, it is always amazing, She is the world capital of cycling. You do not need a car around here.Even on a cold day or rainy day you can ride around, the bike market here is huge, with loads of bike variations, from 4 seater tandem like the one in the photo, or a cargo bike or for those more traditional with a classic dutch bike.
The roads,the footpaths,the tram ways are all functioning to help cyclists.A quick example is at junctions, where cars and trams stop due to traffic light changing to red as soon the cyclist press the button in the post.
I am always amazed by this city, and, not especially by the Red Light District Area or the coffee shops,but for the vibe, for the nature, the art, and especially by the friendly dutch people.
Where, they are willing to help you at any costs,even interrupting their doings. They are chatty & funny, and Amsterdam makes you feel at home, warm & welcoming.
The food it is also amazing with a variety of international cuisines culminating the Dutch Cuisine.
The Half Marathon it self was great, predominantly flat,but a great strong wind in certain areas.
I did not train for it.I knew I had my cardio from cycle training and the mental strength to finish the event.
My physiotherapist Stewart, from W5 Physio, always advised me that I might occurred some pain in my legs to due to using different group muscles from cycling.
I was doing well to be sub 1 hour and 40 minute.But just after mile 10, I started accusing some pain in my legs, or i should say some heavy feeling in them. Therefore, I decide to slow down and listen to my body,conserve my resources and making sure to reach and cross the finish line.The time was ok,1 hour and 51 minutes, next time i will try to train more with running shoes.
I have learned few points to avoid next time, reference on running an half marathon.
First, never run on an empty stomach. The start of the Half marathon was at 1320,therefore I had plenty of time to have a nice breakfast in the morning. But one thing led to another, that I was at the start with no breakfast and no food,apart from some nuts,raisins and bananas.Only one person to blame,Me.
Another point, it was that I should not drank beer or wine the night or day before the event, even in minimal quantities.I am not that young anymore,so in the morning I might feel difference than 20 years ago.My fault again.
Last a great advice for any individuals sports is to stay focused in your race,your event in your comfort zone. Don't listen too much on the outside, don't feel the peer pressure,listen to your coach if you have one. Be yourself, be strong, do not get ruined by other external factors. You are the only one that knows your body,listen to it, achievement will be reached.
Remember to be Intoxicated with the Freedom of Running.
Ciao for now.