Listened to the Barefootgirl podcast this morning and Caity made some mention of Eddie Izzard running 27 barefoot marathons in South Africa soon. And then she said: 'maybe you could just run 27 minutes'. Susceptible to suggestion as I am, and finding myself on a nice smooth tarmac path up the back of Groenekan I chucked my shoes into the undergrowth and set off to run for exactly 27 minutes in my bare feet before putting my shoes back on and trotting home (via De Bilt). Felt good on the smooth bits but I soon turned back when coming onto a bit of road with more wee sharp pointy bits to contend with.
'Marathon Woman Returns' is about my running and is updated the most regularly.
'Uitjes Enzo' has occasional other stuff.
'Chasing Chatwin' is about my trip to Patagonia in 2009.
'Reading Matters' is about books I've read but is a bit neglected - you'd think I haven't read anything for ages which of course isn't true.
The Plan is: to run a marathon in every county in the Netherlands.
The Story So Far:
Zuid Holland ~ Rotterdam, April 1997 4:22 (pre-blog days, so no link to a race report as with my later marathons)
Flevoland/Overijssel ~ Urk/Zwolle November 2009 4:53:30 (this is 'cheating' a bit as the race begins in one county and ends in the other, so I'm going to run it again this year to make one whole marathon for each county) And here it is - the second Zuiderzee Marathon, November 2010 5:03(?) Utrecht ~ Utrecht, April 2010 2010 4:52 (no offical time as last minute entry and Utrecht then makes you pay lots of money for practically nothing)
Brabant~ Eindhoven, October 2010 4:50:08 (Great crowd support.)
Zeeland~ Burgh-Hamstede/Zoutelande, October 2012 5:59:56 (First one where I thought I might DNF.) Limburg 11-9-2011 http://www.mergellandmarathon.nl/
Noord Holland 25-9? http://www.zilverenkruisachmealoop.nl/
Gelderland 12-4-2011? http://www.hankanmarathon.nl/
Drenthe 28-5-2011? http://www.drenthemarathon.nl/index.php
Friesland 6-11-2011 http://www.berenloopterschelling.nl/
Groningen Can't seem to find any up there... the Groningen City marathon went bankrupt in 2009 - maybe somethng will be arranged by the time I've done all my others... if anyone has any news please let me know. Newsflash - Garmin stats and maps for all my runs since the start of August can be found on:http://connect.garmin.com/activity/216725318 Well, I hope they can... Not sure how to post the link to all of them, but via this birthday run the others should be visible under 'activities'.
I have a suspicion I may have run faster 5 and 10ks in earlier years but will have to resurrect my old pre-blog running journal to look that up.
I watch God's face falling slow slow, even orangier and the clouds are all colors, then after there's streaks and dark coming up so bit-at-a-time I don't see it till it's done. (Room ~ Emma Donaghue)
They drove on into the last of the day's blue, so pale, haunting and intense in the way brief things are. (Romanno Bridge ~ Andrew Greig)
an oyster light that lasts for hours before the sun is actually up and so has about it a diffuse and magical quality (The Weight of Water ~ Anita Shreve)
in the far sky a huge bank of slate-blue cloud was shutting down like a lid on the last, smouldering streak of sunset fire. (The Book of Evidence ~ John Banville)
Oriental sunsets of soupy jade and marmalade (Ghostwritten ~ David Mitchell)
the mournful, bittersweet color of a day's end, that piercing golden bask over the landscape made all the more aching for the fact that it wouldn't last. (The Post-Birthday World ~ Lionel Shriver)
It's so beautiful at this hour. The sun is low, the shadows are long, the air is cold and clean. (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close ~ Jonathan Safran Foer)
low-flying clouds of red and purple, lit from below with dark gold (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ~ Mary Ann Shaffer)
a daybreak like a row of sparkling dinner knives (A Long Long Way ~ Sebastian Barry)