KVB1203 Did you make it to Park Run? If not feel safe in the knowledge you will never be last One of the positions you can volunteers for is back runner. I am doing this at my local Park Run in January as a few people from my office are working their way up to 5k. It's meant to be fun
It sounds like you are doing really well. Don't put yourself off by trying to run fast too soon. Just get used to running for slightly longer before having to stop. It doesn't take long for it to become a habit if you can stick with it for the first few months. You'll soon reach the stage of getting frustrated when something gets in the way of your planned run!
A few people who we met after the race (6-7 in total from different groups) and some of my much more talented friends ( 4 of them) did say they also found it more difficult than expected and their times had suffered.Though they were saying by 3-10 minutes not 25 like me. They mentioned wind and humidity as reasons why they thought their times weren't as expected. Be interesting to hear what others think.
But I'm sure a lot of people still got PB's in the race.
Solecrusher I echo pretty much everything you've said. I had a nasty asthma attack just after 20km, which was pretty horrible. I didn't know if I could get back to the start so after about 7 mins started running slowly again and finished but was 25 minutes slower than what I should have been.
But I thought the marathon was really well organised and the level of support around the course was fantastic.
We also stayed in a airbnb apartment about 20 mins from the start close to Vondpark. It was lovely and made it feel like were experiencing real Amsterdam.