It was an interesting experience to sell books at the expo, at a table between the good folks of Timex and my new and miraculously cheerful friend Angie of the Luxembourg Marathon. Many great conversations with fellow runners ensued as I was explaining my book to them. Some bought De rennende Hollander – which surprised me every time. I suppose it takes time to get used to having a book to talk about, to sell and sign it.
Two days on my feet, talking and talking and talking (and listening), without real meals or enough sleep, I felt that perhaps I didn’t prepare in an ideal manner for the Amsterdam Marathon. Still, it went well. The weather was stunning, sunny, cool and still – quite rare in the rainy Netherlands. I squeezed out a 3:03, improving on my 3:11 PR in Boston.
I retell the race experience in English on the blog of the New York Flyers, my running club. A Dutch blog entry will be posted on ProRun.nl (and here) soon.
A quote by Albert Schweitzer actually made me smile through the pain at 38 KM. He defined happiness as ‘nothing more than good health and a poor memory’. As I am feeling great through running, and as I’m looking forward to New York on November 7 through conveniently forgetting the pain in Amsterdam, I say Amen.