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Back on track

Back on track AnniewhereIgo

Since I receive more and more concerning messages, whether I’m still alive, it must be time for an update. Yes guys, hereby I declare myself alive and kicking, meaning I’m finally back on track. My sincere apologies for the absence lately! Even though I don’t have to explain myself to anyone, I still want to give you a little inside on the cause of my absence. Continue Reading

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The bad luck continues

The bad luck continues AnniewhereIgo

As if I already haven’t had enough bad luck, yet it strikes again. Anyone who’s following me on social media might have noticed that I had a little accident this week. Instead of recovering from my ankle injury, some higher power apparently decided to take it a step further. So right now, not only my right ankle is injured, but also my big toe on the same side. Happy days! Continue Reading

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There is no success without hardship

There is no success without hardship AnniewhereIgo

Oh yes, this is so true. Must be the story of my life. After last week’s success story, apparently it was time for me to hit bottom. I could have known – it was only a matter of time. Since my arrival in New Zealand, I asked a lot of my body. I ran on new terrain, tried new kinds of exercises and barely rested. But I also felt stronger and wanted to test my limits. On top of that, my 22k run made me feel invincible. And guess what, it seemed that I’m not. Continue Reading

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Defining New Goals – Running Auckland

RunningAuckland AnniewhereIgo

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

Monday Motivation AnniewhereIgo

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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Running with the Nike+ Club in Auckland

Running Auckland by night AnniewhereIgo

Last Wednesday I went downtown to Britomart – where Aucklands major transportation hub is located – to join the Nike+ Run Club for an evening run. I already knew about their weekly running activities since I joined them before and kept following the Club ever since. I figured out that they still run every Wednesday at 18:00 and thought it would be a good way to get back on track and to meet some new people. So, I signed up online with my Nike+ account and decided to go for the 10k that evening. Continue Reading

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Race report: Half Marathon of Den Helder

DeHalveVanDenHelder 2016 AnniewhereIgo

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

Running 20vanAlphen AnniewhereIgo

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