Packing for the Amsterdam Half Marathon sponsored by Mizuno.

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NIKE Featherlite GREAT BRITAIN Running Cap
Yurbuds Ironman Endure Pro earphones and iPod Nano
Asics HARMES Half Zip running top
SIS Jellshot belt (Clif Bloks and GU Roctane pouch)
SIS Water bottle
Nike Dri Fit two in one shorts
Udderly Smooth 😉
Two knee supports of different support levels
Nike Lunarglides
Balega socks (not photographed and writing this I spotted I hadn’t packed them)
Safety pins
Zensah Compression calf sleeves for afterwards
Swimming kit for before and after – I love staying in a hotel with a decent pool

All I need to do is be fit and healthy enough to run. Recently I have been under the weather, maybe I had a cold leading up to the Royal Parks half on the 7th, 11 days ago, and that then took a lot out of me. A knee injury that happened after the race, and not at all when I was running, has persisted and stopped my only post race run. So effectively I have run 6K since the last half I ran.

Fortunately I have a whole month before my next 10K, the Movember Greenwich Park 10, and I have Physiotherapy and gait and running analysis and performance improvement starting on the 1st November.

All I want to do in Amsterdam is finish. I know that sounds trite, but it is true. I would be trying for a sub 2:09 (my first half time) finish, and a sub 2 hour finish on top of that, but realistically, the knee is a complex bastard, and if it goes it goes, so… if I finish I just want to be in a position where nothing permanent or serious is done to it. Sorry, not if I finish, when I finish.

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