On Sunday, we met with about 20 McDonald's runners by the bus where we delivered our bags and we headed to take a team picture.
|Ron With the McDonald's Tshirt|
People took off so fast but we didn't get trapped this time, Ron and I tried to keep running in a decent pace. After the first km, we reached the tunnel, a tunnel of 1 km long! Good thing it wasn't too crowded yet but warm enough, we kept running maybe a little faster than wished. I checked my my heart rate and to my surprise it was at 170!!! I was advised not to go over 140 for the sake of the baby in me! what shall I do? Slow down or just keep going?? Since I can breath well and still feeling comfortable I decided to follow my feelings. If it feels good and I am not out of breath I should be fine.
During the run, at some point I felt way too warm I had to toss water on myself and at some other part of the course it was cooler with a fresh breeze. In the tunnel I lost my GPS and it never picked up again, so Km after km I was running next to Ron and he was updating me with the pace we are running. To be honest every km I was surprised that I am still keeping up with Ron!
Not sure where this energy came from but every time I felt we were dropping speed I would speed up a little bit in front of Ron to push him to keep up. Secretly, I wanted Ron to run his PR and If I can motivate him while I am still feeling good so why not?
Running on such a crowded course with a lot of supporters, kms flew by. In no time you realize you are almost by the finish! 2 kms before the finish Ron says to me if he keeps this pace he will run a PR.
I got all excited so we cruised fast through the beautiful crowded streets of Zaandam and the last 100 meters I got to see the finish line, an emotional feeling hits me! " Wow I DID it" and Ron over the clouds with a huge smile crossed the finish line in 1:13:58. It issurely a personal best! He DID it!!
|YES I DID IT!!|
|2 Medals for running for 2!|
|Ron celebrating his PR with a beer :)|