Friday Favorites: Amsterdam Special


Thought I wasnt gonna have any inspiration to get another post out this week, but thought I would share a few favorite things from our trip to Amsterdam as I am expecting that I will not get to it after Nashville….will seem so long ago.

For those of you who are interested, here were some of my favorite moments from our trip:

Actually, before our trip, if you did not see on my Instagram, I MET BRIAN FROM BACKSTREET BOYS! Literally my favorite band ever, and he was in the top 10 people I EVER wanted to meet! He was so sweet and kind!

Tina Brian

And then our trip started on a good note with this beautiful place to run (even though I felt HORRIBLE), I enjoyed it thanks to this view.

Tina amsterdam run

And a little exploring around Amsterdam. Here is the Rijksmuseum (where the race started and finished).

Tina Riji

Watching the meet and getting excited that I am a part of this!

tina track

Fueling up with the best and biggest jacket potatoes ever! Mine had beets 🙂

Tina potato

Hanging out with my roomie, Laura Whittle, who is gonna be an OLYMPIAN! 🙂

Tina Laura

We all rode the struggle bus that day, but we were there, and we did our best. Team GB (missing Aly)

tina team gb

So many little patisseries and beautiful restaurants with unique foods (and views out the window). I had a mushroom and hazelnut quiche and of course a cake (it was banana, coconut and almond if you were interested!).

Tina restaurant amsterdam

How close the athletes section was to the finish line of the final night 🙂 go GB!

amsterdam euros

Catching a ride around the Olympic Stadium with these two studs on their way to the podium (finished 2nd and 3rd). More Olympians 🙂

Tina HJ

I heart my family 🙂 My best supporters, just wish Jess was there 🙁

tina family

I also heart beautiful sunsets (especially when accompanied by a view out your hotel window)

sunset amsterdam

Cherishing every second with my bestie 🙂

tina charlie

And my auntie Jenny, like a second mum to me.

tina jenny

Checking out the city through a canal tour really opens your eyes

canal tour

As much as the control freak in me wanted to organize everything, sometimes you just stumble upon a wonderful place and realize there is so much happiness with just being with those you love.

tina family eat

Delicious food (I actually didn’t take many photos at all of food….too busy scoffing it down!)

tina salad

And strange, but good local favorites; raw herring! I had it too, was good 🙂

Dad herring

Cheers to a wonderful time with friends

tina cheers

We tried lots of local delicacies (these are mini pancakes)

tina charlie pancakes

And I finished it off with something waaaaayyy outside the comfort zone- yes that is banana, honey, and peanut butter in an omelette, but it worked!

tina eggs

And before we knew it, it was time to head home

Tina GB

A wonderful trip.

Yes, it was about a race, and yes, that race did not go as well as I would have hoped, but life is for living, so you make the most of every situation, and realize there is so much more to life than running. These cherished memories with my loved ones were worth 100 good races.

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  • happyfitmama
    July 15, 2016 5:26 am

    I would have totally had a fan girl moment meeting Brian! I love BSB! Amsterdam looks beautiful. I’m glad you had a wonderful time with your family and friends!

  • Omg! Wait, why did you meet Brian from backstreet boys? What’s he doing now? Is he retired?

  • urban vegan
    July 15, 2016 9:33 am

    Looks like you had a fantastic time, despite the struggle bus you all rode. Enjoy Nashville!

  • Tina, I just want to take a moment and thank you for sharing and giving us an insight to the thoughts, emotions, and experiences as an elite runner. You are such an inspiration!

  • Runningwithallergies
    July 15, 2016 1:11 pm

    I am so glad, Tina, that you were able to enjoy the city before and after the race. Just think of how far you have come? It is so fun to support and to watch as you change and grow in wonderful ways. Enjoy Nashville!

  • Tina, I’m so sorry the race failed you but remember, you’re a great girl who appreciates life a lot so everything will be just fine 🙂

  • I’m glad you had a great time with your family and friends and enjoyed Amsterdam! That jacket potato looks so good also – all of the food does, and the canal tour looks so fun and relaxing.

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