Sunday, April 19, 2015

HFNL : All Time Favorite Running Shirts

BLOG NOTE: I wrote this post on mobile.  Please excuse the format.  It will be  edited tonight when I'm on the computer to include proper links and more pics etc.  This post is originally meant to provide elaborate info on my Instagram post today on my feed: @happyfeetnl.

The lovely @pascalle_n  ( marathoner & blogger @ Hungry Flamingo ) tagged me to share my (3!) favorite running shirts , and the process of choosing was harder than I thought!

3 years going on 4 on the run (50 medals +/-) and so grateful to belong in a very supportive running  world with diverse running communities composing of unique & fun running crews.

Today I will share the shirts representing groups of awesome runners, whose friendship & support have kept me running, believing, working and realising my dreams in the past 3 years.

Clockwise from top left; the running shirts are respectively from:

@runningjunkies - after signing up for my first evar 4 EM  Ladies Damloop in 2011, after a successful first 5K, I stumbled upon the #runningjunkies group via #run2day @run2daynederland's FB page.  Since then I have met most of the inspiring runners, I know, some of whom I consider as friends for life.

Berlin and Amsterdam Marathon 2012
on Amsterdam Running Junkies shirt
Paris Marathon

12th of April
together with Running Junkies friend
before the start of Rotterdam Marathon 2015

@social_mile - I learned about this fun, crazy, focused & determined crew via a good friend @runlaugheatpie 2 years ago and ran with them as a team in last year's @marathonrotterdam.  They helped  keep the passion of marathon running in me alive this Winter while on their way to Paris

#nikerunningnl @nikerunning - on the pic collage above good friend Udjen (aka Sporting Mom)  & I are together with Churandy Martina by the first ever Nike running club run in Amsterdam.  Nike Summer challenges helped me a lot in running and finishing my first back to back marathon (Berlin and Amsterdam) in 2012.

Berlin Marathon 2012

September 2012
with my Nike+ idols
@cursorwan & @anoekv

@ the finish line
Berlin Marathon 2012
Look who is behind me?!

@loopmaatjes - in the first year of creating my #HappyFeetintheNetherlands blog, I was very active on Twitter in search of like minded people, who share the love for running (and blogging about their experiences!).  I found all these motivating personalities, most of whom are now good friends in a wonderful community via the #loopmaatjes platform established by a great Dutch gentleman: @marteijn.

with Pascal, whose company Bandenmaat is one of the event's sponsor
We met via Twitter during Berlin Marathon training 2012

with Mr Loopmaatjes!


@themermaidclub - established almost 2 years ago by @running_mermaid (I met her while training for Berlin Marathon!) is an inspiring community of beautiful, strong, supportive women all over the world who in each of their unique ways #livelifemakewaves and help each other fulfill their dreams while fulfilling their own goals!

Helena aka

CPC loop

Summer 2014
Running because why not?! :)
Nike Training Club event

Last but not the least!

#meeusrunclub/#meeùsrunclub - in 2013 3 months after my injury, I won a VIP start number via #meeùs' running club.

Bredase Singelloop
October 2013
Rotterdam Marathon
13th of April

Enschede Marathon
27th of April
Dam tot damloop

Dam tot Damloop
21st of September
28th of September

Meeus Clinic
Singelloop Breda
October 2013

Singelloop Breda

November 2014

CPC Loop
March 2015

Rotterdam Marathon
April 2014

Since then I have been privileged enough to be a part of this group running in different parts of the Netherlands and always being empowered by their support.

#Wiebrengtjouinbeweging?! #whokeepsyouactive?!  They do:#meeùsrunclub!

It is not about the pace nor the distance but it is about being outdoors and trying to do your best.  Not in competition with others but about improving yourself to stay healthy and strong.

Breda Singelloop
October 2014

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