Honestly, I am not sure where to start from, I am over excited!! Today was a big achievement!
I finished the 8 km of Amsterdam marathon, without any knee pain before, during and after, the pain that has been lingering around for the last 9 months!!
Since a month I have been able to run without pain, but I did have in between many ups and downs. Everyday since I postponed the surgery to release my IT band, from Oct 11th to end of November, I wondered if I made the right decision. My knee is not strong, I dont believe I can run and finish without having to stop because of the pain!
Today was simply a great day! At 7:30 John en Ans came and picked me up. John a little bit nervous is going to run with Christel the marathon and his goal is to have a strong finish . We parked the car and walked to De Hardloopwinkel in the Stadium where the tweetup is held. Joan is such a great host she arranged coffee, drinks and cookies for whoever wanted and also she let us drop our bags and use her W.C Thank you Joan for the great service!
|Christel, John And Me|
At De hardlopwinkel I met with tweeters runners, it is always a nice social part where each one of them is here today with a goal, from finishing to a PR to a sub3...As for me, I felt walking down memory lane....Amsterdam Marathon 2011 where I run my first marathon....but this time it is in a different circumstances, different distance, different goal.
Today I am running the 8 km and my goal is to run with a good feeling and keep my knee under control. Ronald and Max were also at the start of the 8 km. At 10:00 the start took off. The atmosphere, the music the crowd pumped me up and here I am ready to unleash the energy in me...
The first 2 kms were a combination of running and skiing :) zigzagging between the runners it was very crowded! Between 2 and 8 km I picked a nice tempo, my knee was quiet "no sound, no pain", my little legs were just running, I felt I can go on forever on this rhythm. I saw the kms coming by so fast and I didn't want the 8 km to finish but at the same time I couldn't wait to finish just to scream because I felt strong even though not working out much since my injury I can qualify myself as "Officially Out of shape"!
|YAY! NO PAIN!!|
The time was the last thing in my mind, I didn't care for anything but to finish without pain! One month ago I couldn't even run 2 km without crying of pain and today I am proud to have finished the 8 km and be able to run back to De Hardloopwinkel where I left my bag.
At my arrival, @Salvatius offered me a massage, it felt great, Thank you!! Joan was getting ready for the HM and @RunningRonald and @RunPowerMax just arrived from finishing the 8 km. Then we headed to watch the Sub3ers finishing the marathon before Ronald gets ready for his second race of the day.
|Jan making sure my legs are loose|
I am super excited that my day turned out to be the way I wanted to be!
Official Time 33:24
Category: 11th !!
Category: 11th !!