At the Back of the Pack

Last week was pretty interesting. On Wednesday I caught a cold – which was pretty bad news in the light of my Sunday morning planned participation of the Amsterdam Marathon. In fact it was very bad news. So during the recovery days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday I drugged myself silly with C-vitamin and other good (and doping-wise legal) stuff to get through to race day in race shape.

On Sunday morning I was not in race shape, but I was close enough so I packed up all my things and with Jolanda’s support and cheers and best wishes made it to the starting line in the Olympic Stadium. At precisely the gun sent us all off into the unknown.

During the race I managed to send through a few updates on the racing. Basically I sent through a note at the 10 kilometer mark, and at the half marathon mark things were still OK – and that’s when they started to change as well. I started loosing speed and at about 25 kilometers Lucy came blazing by on her way to a 4½ hour time in her first marathon!

Still drinking and eating at every aid station, I struggled on in what eventually became a very moderate pace (OK, so it was very slow). On the final 10 kilometers I started having serious pain in my left knee, and I was only able to have that stop temporarily when I changed to Gavin-style running at about 35 kilometers. Slightly longer strides and slightly bend forwards temporarily took care of the problem. But it came back – in a big way.

The final 5 or 6 kilometers was an experience in agonizing paing quite unlike anything I’ve tried in any other endurance sport prior to running this marathon. I thought I’d state that for the record. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see a finish line as I was when I turned around the last corner and could see the Olympic Stadium!

After the run I was empty. There was no energy left and Jolanda took care of me the entire evening making sure that I didn’t have to move an inch.

Total time was 4:50:35 – Here my final times and a few extra pictures.

Naam Jakob Thusgaard
Woonplaats Amsterdam
Land NED
Afstand Marathon
Categorie Msen
Totaal plaats 6027 / 6527
Categorie plaats 1099
Snelheid 8,712 km/uur
Bruto tijd 4:59:09
Netto tijd 4:50:35
Netto tussentijden (verschil)
5 kilometer 31:40 (31:40)
10 kilometer 1:01:42 (30:02)
15 kilometer 1:32:47 (31:05)
20 kilometer 2:03:45 (30:58)
Halve marathon 2:10:58
25 kilometer 2:35:51 (32:06)
30 kilometer 3:12:29 (36:38)
35 kilometer 3:51:07 (38:38)
40 kilometer 4:33:57 (42:50)

At the Entrance to the Olympic Stadium And we're off!! The Winner - well, sort of...

Comments 3

  1. Dear Jakob,

    Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have late minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. Meaning: Jakob, in my book you are a winner regardless of the time you passed the finish line.

    Furthermore I think everybody who has tried running just a bit will recognize that an avg. speed of 8.712 km/h. is fast! Running at this speed for almost 5 hours is just simple and plain IMPRESSIVE.

    Gold medals don’t make Champions…hard work does. Jakob, a winner you are!


    Best regards,
    OTA & Rikke

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