NYC 1/2 marathon


Welcome to my new website! My brother-in-law, Ruben Brands, has created this site and from now on I will use it to update you about my training and races. 


This year, everything is off course only about 1 thing: The Olympic Games. On the 5th of August I will run the marathon. Last year I decided that the best way to prepare myself for that, would be to focus on shorter road races, like 10k and half marathon. This will help me to work on my speed and at the same time I will be able to stay fresh until the real marathon training starts.


On the 18th of March I ran the New York City half marathon. I have very good memories about that race, because in the year 2007 (in it's second edition) I won the race, in a finishing sprint with Catherine Ndereba. This year, however, the competition was so much stronger. I did not expect to win, but just wanted to run a good race. Well, i think I did!

Right after the start, Kim Smith from New Zealand started pushing and Firehiwot Dado from Ethipia followed her. i was in a chasing pack with Goucher (USA), Perez (Mexico), Cherobon-Bawcom (USA) and Rotich (Kenya), the winner from last year.


After 10k, coming out of central park, Kara Goucher accelerated very fast and I followed her. However, one kilometer later I dropped. From that point (12k), I was running on my own, in fourth position. Some ladies were chasing me, and I was chasing Goucher. I finished in fourth position, in a time of 1.09.42.


This race showed to me that my shape is getting better. I am not yet in topshape, but I still have enough time to work on that.