Days 158-164: Week 7 of 10k training and April summary

April total distance 102.7 km!!!

Yes that deserves three exclamation marks: I ran over 100km in April total. Amazing.
But that’s not the only thing. I tried my first fartlek. I ran over horrible mood and even got a PR on 5k (28:16). I learned to have a healthy relationship with running. I tested the new Adidas shoes. I went wall climbing and I loved it. And I completely smashed my first attempt on the 10k distance, making it in under 1 hour! That sums up to a truly eventful and successful month.

So, how did the last week go?



When living in the Netherlands, there’s one day that virtually everyone gets out and parties together, and that’s the King’s birthday on the 27th of April, aka: KINGSDAY! There are only two rules two kingsday: 1. wear orange 2. get out and have a great time. So we did. No one parties like the Netherlands on Kingsday, and when Kingsday happens to be on Monday, the party lasts all weekend long. You can imagine I was very glad that Tuesday was a rest day this week…


The slow 5k didn’t feel too great, even though I ran after yoga. In general, this week’s runs were not that great. I was taking plenty of walking breaks and did not push myself very hard. But I am managing to slow down the “slow” runs to something resembling jogging, and to pull off slower paces. It’s not easy, running slow!

Distance: 5.5km
Time:       37:34



My second ever attempt on 10k was much worse than the first. I walked a lot. I didn’t really have the mental strength to keep pushing, and I didn’t feel good about the run in the slightest. There is a saying among runners that the only workout you regret is the one you haven’t done; if so, this run was close to being second only to that.

Distance: 10.1km
Time:        1:02:21


Starting with a yoga in the morning and the run directly afterwards, it was a good start into a busy day. It would be better if I didn’t have to endure the urgent need to use the bathroom the second half of the distance, but I somehow pulled that through. Thank God.
And there are so. many. runners. Saturday morning in the park. It’s like a swarm. Maybe they have a mating spot somewhere in the neighbourhood? Just kidding.

Distance: 5km
Time:       33:23



I am so happy I managed to pull this run in under 1 hour… even if just a couple of seconds. Especially that it rained cats and dogs during this run. I was completely soaked. And much fewer people than on Saturday, obviously, but there were still some hardcore runners I met on the trail. Strangely, the only thing I was worried about is whether my phone would survive it (it did). But the run was much more of a struggle than the one last week. I finished dead tired despite the walking break I took and some spots when I slowed down to get some breath.

Distance: 10km
Time:        59:47

And now, two weeks left to the Nike Women’s 10k Amsterdam!




  1. chris · May 3, 2015

    What a nice month! 100km is a very nice number!!! (3 as well) If there was a like button, I’d smash it until broken.
    Here at 92 or so, which isn’t bad either. :)

    Very diverse runs this week, you managed the bad ones, and ended with a very nice 10k today, below 1h with a walking break, great! Remember: Doing those are totally fine.

    2 days ago I earned the StormRunner title, today you earned the RainRunner one.

    See you soon amsterdam, prepare your pavement, we are coming !

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    • aliceruns · May 4, 2015

      There is a like button, but you need to have a wordpress account to use it!
      92 is still a nice monthly result.


      • chris · May 4, 2015

        I am not sure if I could smash that one until it breaks :)

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  2. BabetaRuns · May 4, 2015

    Whopee! Only two weeks to go… :)
    And have you signed up for the half marathon? :)))

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    • aliceruns · May 5, 2015

      Yess we just have, MRB and I! Will be great to see you there!


      • BabetaRuns · May 5, 2015

        Amazing!!!! Yay!!! Then we should definitely meet up!! Maybe pasta dinner the day before??!


      • aliceruns · May 5, 2015

        We took the pasta party at the evening before @18:30


      • BabetaRuns · May 5, 2015

        Ahaaa! I’m not going there… So it will have to be a coffee before then :)

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      • aliceruns · May 5, 2015

        Sure thing!

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      • chris · May 6, 2015

        Sounds good. :D Tea or coffee always sounds good. Or a drink :)


  3. So... · May 4, 2015

    Nice stuff! Love reading about your milestones.

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  4. runsaltrun · May 5, 2015

    AWESOME month! You are going to do great in 2 weeks. :)
    Why is it that sometimes it’s even harder to run slow?? I spent so much time during my last training trying to dial it back and it’s tough!

    And I totally agree with you about the workout…I always do regret the ones I don’t get in. Great job getting it done even if it couldn’t be your best effort! Runs like that will make you stronger!

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    • aliceruns · May 5, 2015

      Thank you! What I observe is that running slow actually requires concentration… when you let it go you fall back into your comfortable pace. That’s my theory, not sure how valid it is, though!


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