Why Rotterdam?

There are many cities in this world and thousands of marathons to chose from. Out of all of them, I’ve chosen the city of Rotterdam in Netherlands as my destination for my eighth marathon and the one I hope to hopefully break into a group of those that can cover 26.2 miles/42.195 kilometers in less than 180 minutues or three hours, 3:03 at the most.

I was not happy at all with my performance in my last two marathons. I finally ran a marathon in over four hours in my last one. I needed some time off from running long distances after that and something tells me the wait for a new challenge is over.

After not getting into the London Marathon that is now mainly decided by a lottery system I still wanted to go to Europe for my next challenge. I needed something big to motivate myself into running another marathon. I worked a lot last year and lost some of my conditioning in the process, but I was not willing to stay away from running for much longer.

It was a crazy ride down the end of the year with trips and big projects. I wanted to get back in shape but many times those same trips and projects stalled my hopes to do so. As December rolled in it was time to stop the laziness and get serious about it. It was in November when I signed in for Rotterdam, but I had a chance to back down, which I did not.

Rotterdam is known for its fast finishing times. Close to 500 runners or more cross the line under three hours without it being a very big field. The winners of this race average 2:05:00 and it is considered to be one of the three fastest marathons in the world, even faster than Chicago and just behind Berlin. It has the gold label by the IAAF and when that is the case, it is a big deal.

Yes, Rotterdam may not be the prettiest city in Europe, a big city, a city with lots of history and other things that Rome, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and others offer. It does have the characteristics that I need in a marathon that I want in order to achieve my goal.

The date is perfect. April 10, 2016 is still not too soon and not too far from now. I wanted to have time to prepare in cold weather and get to the marathon right in time before burning out with my training. Take into consideration I’m still getting back to running. The course is flat and fast with most likely no hills, a hill could break my pace during the race. Since I need to average 4:20/kilometer, it is a game of precision and no mistakes. Rotterdam is so far away you really need to be ready. Once you buy the plane ticket, the countdown won’t stop and you want to make sure you make the trip worth it. Yes, it will be new for me to acclimate to a place that is hours ahead in time zone difference and in a place where I don’t even understand the language. I want a world class performance in a world-class event.

Rotterdam is so far away you really need to be ready. Once you buy the plane ticket, the countdown won’t stop and you want to make sure you make the trip worth it. Yes, it will be new for me to acclimate to a place that is hours ahead in time zone difference and in a place where I don’t even understand the language. I want a world class performance in a world-class event.

Rotterdam is so far away you really need to be ready. Once you buy the plane ticket, the countdown won’t stop and you want to make sure you make the trip worth it. Yes, it will be new for me to acclimate to a place that is hours ahead in time zone difference and in a place where I don’t even understand the language. I want a world class performance in a world-class event that has the Gold Label by the IAAF.

This time, I’m not going by any training program but my own. I will be doing what I think is right and taking extreme care of my body. I will control the pace of my runs so I don’t burn out before April 10. I will push myself when needed and rest or take it easy when it’s appropriate. I have had enough experiences to know what marathons are about and how my body responds to them during training and during the race itself, while still knowing that every marathon is different.

In the end, it was all about taking in a different type of challenge. One that would break out from the ordinary and where I felt that I could achieve something extraordinary. I am trying to relax, have a good time and enjoy the process of marathon training like never before. It will be a great adventure just to get there, an amazing experience once I am there and something to really talk about after it is all set and done.

76 days away I am hitting the goals I wanted to hit by this point. While many people around me run with a GPS, Garmin, Polar, etc…, I’ve learned to listen to my body more than any other thing. A stopwatch is all I need as I have mastered muscle memory that gives me an idea of the pace I am running in. On race day, it will be my mind and my body what will dictate the outcome of the race, not a Garmin.

You can be sure I will give it all I have in order to achieve my goal of qualifying for Boston. The motivation to achieve something great is coming back and I plan to keep it that way until the end of this road. I know it won’t be easy but every run from now until then will be worth it and I will keep you posted. And that is why I chose to run the Rotterdam Marathon.

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