This Sunday I ran the 10EM (16,1k) at the famous race from Amsterdam to Zaandam, called Dam-tot-Damloop. Actually I was too late to register for this event but I wanted to run it. For two reasons, because it’s fun and because I need the races as a milestone and a stimulus.

The registration was closed and I couldn’t participate. And then I got the opportunity to run with my wife’s colleagues from MCI. But these colleagues had registered through a charity project and in order to run you had to raise funds. So I did. I am really happy that I could contribute this way. The whole team raised over 2.500 EUR.

I was very proud of my time on the 16.100 m ; 1:25:47 h

Our group of three raised 1100 EUR and thanks to these contributors:

Jan en Hermien
Mieke vd Bergh
Peter Stagge
Hans van den Bergh
Brenda Jansen
Dennis Haring
Herry van Reenen
Familie Andreoli-Pasche
Jan Mauritz
Saskia Bakker
QBenefits B.V.
Ivo Lammers
Jaap Bakker
Betty van Heusden
Ab en Marijke
Business Class Chauffeursdiensten
Katinka Slegt
Ingrid vd Bergh
Hans en Margot
VANWIJK Presentatie
Julie & Martijn

And this was the team from MCI:

Great feeling … outran most of my fellows :) Nike tells me!

I previously talked about my recent running addiction. Giving up smoking, on a diet and running. And it all just seems to be right. I ran a lot in the past, between 2003 and 2007 I ran half marathons and some other (shorter) runs. But it never gave me a better feeling than it does now. I needed a habit or an addiction, which was finally healthy and making myself look better (narcism?). Here’s a tribute to a company (Nike) which really is one of the most powerful companies in the world. “In which index?”, I hear you asking. In my own league of inspiring companies. Although last quarter performance was not too good in financial way, but in what they do with athletes, sports men and women, human beings and society. They are making this globe more healthy, more fit and they fight obese in their own way. Without even mentioning this.

The beautiful new Nike+ Platform loads running data captured with IOS device seamlessly in their website. It then shows the data in different ways, just for fun or to understand your performance. A nice thing is the comparison as displayed in the image above. Feels good to be more active & faster then peers.