I just came back from the Netherlands, K and I went to run the Amsterdam Marathon. I had been training for over 6 months and it was a great experience.
It was cold and chilly during our stay, but it turned out to be a good thing because it is much easier to run when it's cold. after one training run on a Friday, I managed to connect on Skype with the kindergarten and have a nice chat with the kids. I showed them the train on the avenue in front of our apartment, the many bickers riding through the freezing wind and told them some nice facts about Amsterdam.
The Marathon was not as hard as I had expected. I was fortunate to train in the summer of Tel-Aviv with unbearable heat, when it was possible to go out running only after 9 PM. I managed to beat my goal time and finish the race in 3 hours and 22 minutes.