Last week I attended the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in Amsterdam. My roommate is a friend who inspired me to take up running, he competes in marathons regularly and I’ve been sharing my progress with him over the weeks.
I was looking forward to sharing a run with him but my recent run with a friend at home has put me off. I don’t need the pressure of running next to someone just yet and with my goal of hiking Half Dome approaching quickly, I need to get through this trip to Amsterdam completing a few runs to keep me on track.
I managed 1 run during the Institute week as it was a packed agenda. After the Institute, I stayed in the city with ADE friends for 4 days. This was a perfect opportunity to take my running in a new city and see the benefits of getting around independently.
Each day I took a 5k run, at a slower pace than I would at home. I was getting out in the mornings and heading to a few busy tourist spots before they got busy: such as the iAmsterdam sign!
Running through the streets, along the canals and around some of the sights is a good way to see a city. In 30 minute runs I was getting to see parts of the city that would take over an hour if walking. I felt empowered and that I could do more in a place I was visiting.