Wednesday, May 30, 2012

11 days and counting

11 days from now, I will be running the 5k at the Run for KiKa in Spaarnwoude (did I mention you can sponsor my team at After a month of injury I am slowly getting back up to speed. Slowly is the operative word here. It is taking me a much harder effort to get back to where I was at the time of my knee problems than what it took to get there in the first place. But I am not giving up, I will get there and I will run the 5K in under 30 minutes.

It's a short blog (and a bit overdue) but I'll do my best to post on a more regular basis.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gadgets and bouncing back

Finally, after 2 months waiting, I finally received my BT runners headset. I ordered some noname thingy from and had to wait more than 8 weeks for the delivery. But it's here now and today I used it for a run for the first time. WOW, no more loose headset cord flapping around me. I had no idea it was so much in my way until it wasn't there anymore. It's not an top quality headset but it works fine and does the job it's supposed to: Keep a rhythm pumping in my ear while I am sweating my socks of on the street.

Talking of which, I did another steady run today. Actually it's my second since I started running and my first after my knee problems. That's why I decided to not go for broke and to slowly build things up. So I did a half distance run. The total distance was 3.32km and it took me 21:46, including warm-up and cooling-down. Looking at the pure running part of this training, then it boils down to 2.4km in 14:10 (5:54min/km or 10.2km/hr). Not bad, under 6min/km, which will be my goal for the 5k at the Run for Kika. In the next 2 weeks I need to reach that goal in order for me to be ready by June 10th. With the help of my gadgets, dj Steve Boyett and his running mixes and of course the support of my family, friends and colleagues I am 100% sure I will be able to make it so long as my various body parts keep supporting me too. My target for next week will be to actually run 5k it will be nice if it's going to be under 30 minutes but making 5k is my primary goal.

As the buckets of sweat no longer stream down my back, I think it's time to go and take a shower.

Blog to you next time.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

After 2 weeks of non running

2 and a half weeks ago, I ran my last training before a pending knee injury forced me to take a break. During that break I got myself fitted with some special soles so my running posture would be better and my knee(s) would be pointing, bending, pivoting or whatever movement these joints make, in the right direction while running. Today the soles were ready and I went to pick them up at Schrijver Orthopedische Schoentechniek.

At home, I changed into my running clothes, put on my running shoes with the new soles, decided how far back I was going to pick up my schedule and dashed of for a couple of rounds on the 1.4k small southern most ring of "Het Lint". While I did my 3 laps (and a bit) to the rhythm of DJ Steve Boyetts Podrunner interval for 1st day to 5K week 4 mix I felt as if it had been far too long. Yes, I did some cycling over the last couple of weeks, hoping my stamina would remain at a relative equal level, but still it wasn't running. And to be honest, I missed it. Now it's just a matter of waiting to see how my knee(s) will hold up with the new soles.

On a side note, I have decided that running the 10K is not going to be a realistic goal for June 10, 2012. So I have changed my entry to the "Run-for-Kika" to 5K... That doesn't mean we don't need any more sponsors :D You can still show your support for the fight against child cancer by sponsoring the team I am running with at

Well, that's it for this episode of my blog. Not many reactions to the previous articles but so far they are viewed a grand total of 160 times. Which means some people do read them. I would love your feedback so please post a nice reaction :D I'm looking forward to them.

Till the next post.