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27 januari 2017
My friends, family, and teammates know that I am not the most fun person to be around when injured and I'm sorry for that – I just don’t handle it very well. I don’t like crosstraining, I don’t like being inside, I hate having to worry about what I can and cannot do, and it's hard to cancel all the fun plans I made (racing the Sylvestercross at home, pacing my dad in his half-marathon, training with the people at my club and with my dad and sister, missing the first two indoormeets, having to forget about trying to qualify for Indoor Nationals etc.). In some ways though, I was very lucky. First, Nick came to the Netherlands with me: he first took me on an amazing trip to Oslo, Norway, and then joined me for almost all of my crosstraining: indoor-biking, outdoor-biking, rowing machine, and core, they are all much better with company! Also, it was – as it always is – incredible to be home, and we did lots of fun stuff that made it impossible for me to be in a bad mood all the time ;) The last week at home we actually went to Limburg, in the south of the country, where we mountainbiked in the hills (yes, we do have them in certain parts of the country!). That was incredibly fun and almost better than running!
Back in Portland we got about half a meter of snow the day after I arrived, and were forced to spend over a week on treadmills and upstairs in ‘Chiles’, the tiny indoortrack. Believe me, running an hour on a 240 meter short indoortrack is just as boring as biking, so I could no longer feel sorry for myself!
Right now, I am just really grateful to be running again. I'm excited I get to work out with all my teammates and I'm enjoying every run or core-session! For now, I will only be running singles, building up to about 70 miles a week and replacing second runs by crosstraining. But when you had to crosstrain for 90 or so minutes every day, 3 or 4 hours per week is not so bad anymore! Also, I get to watch new episodes from ‘Wie is de Mol’ every week from my bike/elliptical, which is really fun! For my international friends: Wie is de Mol is an incredible popular tv-show in the Netherlands, and this year’s edition was filmed in Portland! I would be curious to see if Portland is going to see a spike in Dutch tourists in the next year. For my Dutch friends: Portland is just as beautiful as in the show! The Powell’s Bookstore is awesome, the beach (where we had teamcamp the last two years) is beautiful, the city is great, come visit!
I am hoping to blog a little bit more often in the next months. It’s crazy this is my last semester at UP – please don’t keep reminding me of that because I can’t believe I'm actually leaving this city soon. On the other hand, with the current President and his crazy ideas it might not be a bad thing that I am leaving soon – Yes, the people here in Portland are just as concerned about him as everyone in the Netherlands is. Last weekend we went to the Women’s March and we didn’t even actually get to march because the entire route was filled with people – 100.000 of them!
If I don't have any more setbacks I will be racing the next 2 indoor-races in Seattle. This will mainly be to get myself in shape for the outdoorseason as it is hard to get in really good shape in 2 vs 4 weeks, but I am just happy I get to run in the Dempsey facility two more times! After that, it looks like we are going to the Stanford Invitational and the Mt Sac Invitational. I am probably running the 5km at 1 of them, and the 1500m at the other. But for now, I am just focused on the daily process of getting back in shape and taking care of my hips!
27 januari 2017 22:35 | Door: Anja
Skating really was awesome today in Loosdrecht. Good to read that running gets better and better. Limburg still lies in the South Anne! Have a good weekend. Talk to you tomorrow.
28 januari 2017 01:06 | Door: Monica van Loon
Great to hear running and fitness are getting better for you Anne. Take care of yourself. Monica
29 januari 2017 21:36 | Door: tante els
Great to hear you are getting back at running. Good for you!
While shopping you were not grumpy at all! It was really nice to spend some time and also to see Nick again. I'm looking forward to next year, having you closer!
Enjoy and take care!
30 januari 2017 22:49 | Door: Sonja
My dearest Anne,
It was fun to have you and Nick around a few weeks ago. Tell Nick that I prepared his red curry for the second time. It is such tasty and delicious food.
Anne, you and your plans. You are always full of energy. I like that, but be pleased with the fact that you can already run 70 minutes. You made a huge progression compared to the first week of January. Good for you Anne, but be careful with overusing your hip as you don't want to end up with injuries at a later stage in your life.
If this means you cannot join the indoorraces in Seattle due to the short timing, so be it.
Hope you will forgive my concern.