Amsterdam, wow what a city.
We landed on the Thursday and flew back on the Tuesday, with the race on Sunday. This gave me plenty of time to explore the City.
We stayed in a lovely Airbnb just meters from the Olympic stadium and start line. It was also only a 20 minute tram ride to the center of Amsterdam.
Food & Drink
Our go to restaurant was a funky bar/restaurant just around the corner from our apartment called Jack Dish. The food was fresh, and well cooked but there weren’t many options for vegans. My staple drink whilst in Amsterdam was a fresh mint tea, which seemed to be available everywhere.
We collected our bib on the Friday and this was a quick and painless process. The main sponsor of the event was Mizuno and they had a big presence. There were stands for my favs HOKA One One & On Cloud ❤️. I tried on a pair of the Hoka Rincon’s and absolutely loved them, I have them lined up for my next pair of shoes.
The Amsterdam Half Marathon started in the afternoon after the marathon. I do like an afternoon start as it gives enough time to get in all your pre race calories without having to get up super early. There are however a few draw backs to starting with the marathon. One is the feed stations are full of rubbish, and then at about 10km I started to come up against marathon back markers. With me finishing in a time of 1.31.30 I’m convinced that I’d have nipped under the 1.30 barrier had it been a clear run ;).
We started in the Red Light district, ticking of an obligatory sex museum and my dad ticked on his first brownie. I found this area really interesting, but the best part of Amsterdam we found by a boat tour. This area was less touristy and was around the road Hartenstraat. The area had some interesting vintage shops, pubs and coffee shops that were perfect for mooching in less crowded streets.
I’d say that the Anne Frank Museum is a must. The history is moving, the museum is well set out and easy to follow. There are load of post museum pancake houses in this area too, which were a life line post run.
The Amsterdam Half Marathon was really special as myself and a group of my uni friends ran in memory of Miche who died this year from Cystic Fibrosis. The run made me really appreciate the occasional and being alive. We get so caught up on times and pbs at these big events that we some times forget to just enjoy the occasion.