Unequivocally dark this September morning. A five-minute boot-up before staggering out into the pre-dawn. Warm and muggy.
Out along Nassaukade, with a bit of a GNR preparation planning meeting going on in my head. The vote went to a 10k today, a shorter one tomorrow and a 16-18 on Tuesday next week to get me up to half-marathon distance for the 11th.
So, I headed to the Vondelpark. Shortly after entering I noticed a bit of a tightness in my right knee (back and left side). Not actually painful but definitely not normal, so I decided I’d cut this run short to not push it too much. Took a side path which I thought would spit me out almost immediately at the film museum, but it turned out to be a bit of a mystery tour through the park’s innards. In fact I came out onto the long straight on the northern side, having only saved myself one km rather than the three I was hoping for. No matter, the knee loosened up again on the way home and I ended up with a very respectable 9k time, considering that I was unbreakfasted and just starting the day.
It feels ok now. I’ll stick the peas on it later if it stiffens up.
622km to go.
(Muhammed establishes the Quba Mosque and drafts the Constitution of Medina; Byzantines recapture Anatolia from the Persians)