Posted: 29/12/2015 at 14:30
Happy Christmas/New year to you all!
Shades - some great bargains that you managed to snaggle there!
MF - Sorry to hear about your foot. I'm in similar foot woes
Mowser - A little late to the show but congrats on reaching #300!
I managed to get over to the race this morning, and wore the Teignbridge Trotters vest with pride whilst taking part in the annual Eindejaarsloop (Year End Race) in the town of Zwolle.
Organised by the local Athletics PEC1910 club, the event was made up of 3 race distances that all started at 11am; a 5K (1 loop of the very picturesque course), 10K (2 loops) and 15K (3 loops) race, with 125 competitors across the three distances. Each race cost only €5 (£3.70), was chip timed with entry on the day, and the races started and finished at the club’s racetrack. Included in the entry fee were a hot drink at the end and unlimited oliebollen, which is a traditional festive Dutch snack resembling a large, round doughnut covered in icing sugar. The Trotters, and Shadies, would have loved it!
I opted for the 10K event and took it easy, finishing in a time of 50:47. I had a thoroughly enjoyable run in what were cool and windy conditions….and then had a few oliebollen at the end to celebrate. So although I wasn't able to properly "race" the event, I had a really good time participating.
Welcome to Dutch races! Cheap, well organised and some great food/drink afterwards!
MF - I really struggle with Dutch. I have been doing an online course and also bought a recommended CD package, but I'm struggling to grasp more than the basics at the moment
Dutch isnt an easy language. I'm still getting to grips with some of the harder aspects of it although i can get by conversationally. Well done for trying! You're more than welcome over here anytime if you want to practice?
As I mentioned above - i've had issues with my feet for the past two weeks. A pain that rears its ugly head after 1-2 km and then doesnt stop until i stop. I've tried new shoes/new insoles but nothing helps Really struggling to get sorted so decided to rest it a week, then try a shortish run (5k) and then if it still hurts rest it more.... So i'm now walking a lot with the dogs and realising that i may not be running again until after Junior is here... so we'll see what happens.
Hope that you're all doing well!