woensdag 31 januari 2018

Beach and a bit blue sky

Start 15.02

dinsdag 30 januari 2018

Sunset with moonrise

Start 17.20

maandag 29 januari 2018

Anna Paulowna

Start 14.18

zondag 28 januari 2018

Devil's run

Start 13.46

zaterdag 27 januari 2018

Gouda 10miles

Start 8.42

donderdag 25 januari 2018

Sunset run with Ollie

Start 17.09

't Kuitje with Ollie the Collie

Start 11.29

woensdag 24 januari 2018

Anna Paulowna

Start 14.06

dinsdag 23 januari 2018

Forgot camera

Start 15.25

zondag 21 januari 2018

New Route

Start 16.09

zaterdag 20 januari 2018

Falga circuit

Start 13.24

donderdag 18 januari 2018

Sun and hailstones

Start 14.58

woensdag 17 januari 2018

Helicopter view

Start 13.53

maandag 15 januari 2018

10 mile recovery run

Start 15.16
Forgot to take any photos on my run so here's one taken when the ark was being moved back to its permanent mooring place earlier in the day.

zondag 14 januari 2018

Egmond half marathon

22.41k (including warmup)
Start 12.00

Weather was just about perfect, if a wee bit on the cold side. Gentle east wind. Cloudy with even a bit of sun peeking through now and then. 

First 8k was on sand. I'm used to running on sand. First over the soft bit and then out to the flat bit by the sea which is mostly reasonably hard and rather nice to run on. Well it is when 15000 folk haven't run on it before you and churned it all up! 

At about the 3k mark I seriously thought this was going to be the day I didn't finish. My breathing was all over the place, my running form was shot to hell and I had no idea how long it was going to go on for. (Note to self - a bit more course study beforehand wouldn't go amiss.) I was just plodding along, being overtaken by loads of folk and just concentrating on keeping getting air into my lungs and putting one foot in front of the other. (And asking myself why I was doing such a stupid thing anyway.) 

Eventually I started to get some sort of second wind, could pick my head up a bit and look ahead. Decided to turn music on. Dropkick Murphys and Rammstein helped enormously. I tentatively started enjoying myself. And then I could see the ribbon of runners ahead veering off to the left, up through the dunes and onto the dijk. 

What a relief to have solid ground under my feet again. After that it was pretty much a doddle. Picked up my feet and enjoyed running along the nice dry undulating dirtpaths. Overtook a fair number of folk (and was overtaken by others) so it was never just a long boring slog home as some of the smaller runs can be. My goal was just to finish within the 3 hour time limit and I did so with 18 minutes to spare so was well chuffed. (And surprised, after the crappy start.) 

All in all an enjoyable race (oh how quickly we forget the miserable bits) and I'd maybe do it again, with my trail shoes on. (I didn't want to wear them this time as I wasn't sure how much of the course was on hardened bike paths and didn't want to wear them out.) 

Chip time was 2:41:57

vrijdag 12 januari 2018

Beach after Bieb

Start 16.10

woensdag 10 januari 2018

Dull grey run

Start 16.20

maandag 8 januari 2018

Another beach sunset

Start 16.28

zaterdag 6 januari 2018

Airfield at dusk

Start 16.37

vrijdag 5 januari 2018

Sunset shopping

Start 16.25

woensdag 3 januari 2018

Storm Eleanor

Start 16.07