LIFE GOAL COMPLETED: Run half a marathon!

My bucket list doesn’t exist out of a lot of things. Mostly travelling, learning about new things or how to do new things and running. When I was 15 I made this list and two of the items were: run half a marathon and run a marathon. I am so very proud to say that I have completed one of these.

Today I ran half a marathon at 25th edition of the Leiden Marathon. I finished in 2 hours and 16 minutes. My goal was to finish in 2 hours and 10 minutes but because of the heat, and my first time EVER running this distance I still felt very proud. I was incredibly lucky that my dad, an experienced marathon runner, ran with me the entire time.

I would like to thank my asics for the training program I followed to finish this race. It was incredibly helpful. Now the plan is to relax and recover and in two weeks start training for a marathon (also with my asics). I don’t know which one, I don’t know how well I will do but I will run one.

Here are some pictures:



Virtual Active Running:

I’ve ran through The Utah Mountains, the Swiss Alps, The Italian Alps, Chicago, Hollwood, Venice, et cetera. Virtual Active Running is a program that creates interactive media products to entertain runners, hikers, and cyclists during their indoor training. Something I started doing a while back, I am not yet a 100 % sure if I actually like it.
I’ve been running while staring at a road or view of  the mountains on a screen that is connected to a treadmill for a few weeks now and I’ve got to say, at times it does distract you. It makes you forget that you’re actually running which makes the work-out slightly easier. But the idea of “fake” running through the Swiss Alps still sounds weird to me, there’s just something off about it.
All by all I’m still inspired by the idea, these machines make it so realistic. You can put on a little ventilator that is installed into the machine which makes you feel like you’re running in the wind, of course with a suitable soundtrack in the background. When running past people some of them actually smile and wave when you run past. It does make the experience of running more enjoyable. Especially if you’ve always wanted to go see Chicago or Hollywood. Why not bring those city and places to you, why not while you’re working out?
My only fear, and probably the reason why I’m not sure if I like it, is that it can make us lazy. By making the run so realistic won’t we be more likely to just drag our asses to the gym instead of running outside in the sun trying to actually experience our own surroundings? It’s perfect  in the winter though, because who likes to go running when it’s freezing, and you have a constant fear of falling on your face?

Anyways, I think it’s a nice subject and certainly a good initiative, although I have my doubts. Please share your opinion if you have one relating this subject, I can’t wait to read your input 🙂