Amsterdam Sunday 18th October was the setting for Paul Foster’s 100th Marathon – and I was delighted and honoured to have been invited to celebrate and run.
Paul had organised a meal for 30 of us in central Amsterdam on the Saturday evening. I seemed to become tour leader for those of us staying out of town at the Mercure City. Map reading and walking at the same time I managed to fall off a kerb and hit the ground quite hard.
Along with the usual cuts and scrapes I twisted my left foot and ankle. So that was my good foot gone! Anyhow we had a great meal of beer and pizza and great company – Olympic class pre-marathon preparation!
Sunday morning was interesting – it took a bit to get my trainer on my now swollen left foot. Then the queue for breakfast put me off so I decided to head for the Olympic Stadium. Good decision as the tram was already pretty full. I bought a muesli bar from a petrol station and a cup of coffee at the Stadium. Handed my Aldi plastic bag into bag store (only the finest kit) and proceeded into the stadium, green start area, sat down and soaked up the atmosphere.
With over 12,000 marathon runners and lots of others doing half, 10k etc I didn’t expect to see anyone I knew. Then who should appear but the great and gorgeous Jim Meta! We had a laugh at one of the runners with a great name which pretty much sums up my usual marathon running. Peter Out!! Having looked at the results it seems he did!
Off we went – and although it hurt a bit in the first 5k in particular, I got a decent rhythm going. Which astonishingly I carried through all 42 ks running each one in just under 6 mins to come in with a 4:10. Very pleased with that – first marathon for nearly a year and not great preparation. My bad feet balanced each other out I guess!
A great day was rounded off with Paul’s official induction into the 100 Marathon Club. With obligatory group photo.
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And on the Saturday I treated her to a day’s Nordic Walking (her favourite outdoor activity) tuition with the best tutor in the country. Adam Smith – who also happens to be the Brathay 10in10 physio. So Gina, Adam, Adam’s partner Sharon, and I had a fantastic 5 hours of walking and learning.
I enjoyed it so much I’ve bought my own set of poles – the future is Nordic for me!
Have a look at Adam’s website: