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Defining New Goals – Running Auckland

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Last Sunday I went out for a long run. The weather forecast was sunny, I had enough rest and prepared myself pretty well, as in: I stuffed myself with enough pancakes beforehand – yup, pancakes always do the trick for me. In short, the perfect circumstances for a long run! Moreover, I found a route on the Internet, that seemed to be a very nice loop (partly along the coast), so I wouldn’t have to run the same track twice. I knew that this loop would be about 15k, which also seemed a good training distance to me. Perfect! What I didn’t know, however, but certainly could have known when using my outstanding mathematical skills, was that the route would be more than 15k, since I started running from where I live and not the spot as designated on the map. Apparently, I wasn’t bothered too much. But what I really didn’t know before, was that my run would go so well, that I ran the longest distance ever without even blinking. And this on a random Sunday – ohh yeah, Annie is back on track! 😉

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Monday Motivation #1

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Since my last post about the Half Marathon of Den Helder, and my posts about the Nike+ Run Club in Auckland, I haven’t really written about my running training lately. The reason? To be honest, there is no ‘real’ reason, accept that I still haven’t resumed my training scheme for the half marathon and I haven’t found the right routine yet. This is not only because I had to settle down first here in Auckland, and get used to the environment again. No, it’s also because I have a lot on my mind at the moment, which causes a lack of focus, and I still haven’t found a goal to train for. Despite all of that, my running is going surprisingly well. It’s time for some Monday motivation! Continue Reading

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Race report: Half Marathon of Den Helder

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I hear you thinking ‘Den What’? Is that a place or a city? And where is it located? In case you never heard of Den Helder before – and I can’t blame you for that if you don’t live in Holland – it’s a town located beside the coast in the Upper Northwest of Holland, about 1,5-hour drive away from where I live. Last Sunday, the yearly half marathon event of Den Helder was held, and I decided very last minute to participate. I knew, that it would be the last chance to participate in a race before heading to New Zealand, so I thought, why not. Moreover, it was also a nice opportunity to test my training results so far. And I can tell you, a test it was, for sure!

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My running story part II

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Last week I came back from a 30-minute easy afternoon run. Or at least, that’s what my scheme calls it. Yes, the pace was easy indeed, but the weather circumstances made it a challenging one. Before I went outside I already noticed that it was raining. But hey, a little rain doesn’t kill anyone, right? So, I prepared myself to get wet. Continue Reading

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Retrospect: The beginnings of my running story

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I love running! It makes me clear my mind, let me feel free, challenges my body and gets me into the outdoors. Sometimes, a day not running feels like a day not having lived. But this wasn’t always the case, trust me. When I look 10 years back from now, I didn’t practice any sports at all. In fact, I hated sports.

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