On the 12th October, Amy Jordan, Kat Row, Andrew Murrell, and of course 1000’s of other athletes ran the Amsterdam Marathon, on a warm, humid Sunday morning. A simple drive in the BTRS SAG Wagon crossed us under the English Channel, into France, Belgium, and The Netherlands, bringing us to a nice camping ground on the East side of Amsterdam. A simple tram ride into the city, and we were at the National stadium, ready to run 26.2 miles. Andrew, having completed a PB Iron distance triathlon 2 weeks prior to Amsterdam, still managed to break the 4 hour mark. Amy Jordan, who just cannot sit still, ran just over the 3:30 mark, and Kat Row, run coach for The Sweat Shop, ran a strong and steady marathon around the 4 hour mark.
Well done all 3 of you 🙂 As the weeks and months proceeding a marathon pass, we have a tendency to romanticise the race, remembering the highlights, the conversations we have with other athletes in the early miles, and the support from friends and family standing on the sidelines. But the reality of any marathon is somewhat different. They are VERY VERY tough, and they put you through the mill, both mentally and physically, testing your mindset not to quit when things get rough. I take my hat off to Kat, Amy and Andrew, another medal, another event to feel very proud of 🙂
best, as always