Dam tot Dam Loop & Mama Cash

My flatmate is running the Dam to Dam this year, a 16k/10 mile race from Amsterdam to Zandaam, to benefit Mama Cash. Please donate. Aside from it being a good cause – read about Mama Cash here – this is her first race ever and she is not a running fan. If your sense of charity doesn’t get you, how about your sense of pity? Just do it, I say!

The site is in Dutch but your browser should automatically translate it. If not, just click on the giant “doneer hier” button on the site (like the one you see here on the left) and you’ll be on your way. 

Interested in running? The ladies registration closes 1 September. More info here: http://www.damloop.nl/en/



I have a running soundtrack!

I decided a month ago that after I move to Amsterdam I’m going to start running more. While I would prefer to play tennis, running is an easier box to check.  Tennis is at minimum a two person sport and I know one tennis player in Amsterdam, me. I did bring my racquet, just in case.

So how’s it going? Well, tomorrow marks my second week here and I haven’t started running yet (unless you count running to Central Station in Rotterdam to catch the hourly train to Amsterdam).  I’ve had a bunch of excuses: works been crazy, the weather hasn’t cooperated and – the lamest excuse and actually biggest deterrent – I stream my usual playlist and my data plan won’t allow this. Lamest excuse ever but I’m not a runner. Music is the only thing that gets me through it.

Well today, one of my project ends. The sun is kind of shining. AND I found a playlist! It’s a little lower bpm than I would prefer but let’s keep it real here, I’m using the term “running” very loosely at this point. It’s more of a jog, huff, walk, enjoy the scenery, snap a few pictures, jog again style of running. Any other running playlists I should download?

The playlist is courtesy of Disco Delicious (a great blog to follow btw), can be downloaded here and features these tracks:

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1. Osibisa – Survival
2. The Clash – Should I Say Or Should I Go? (Leo Zero Re-work)
3. Led Zeppelin – Trampled Underfoot (John Daly Edit)
4. The Who – Eminence Front (The Love Supreme Edit)
5. Ruf Dug – Dirty (Unabombers Remix)
6. Black Cock – Luna Party
7. Leo Zero – Bon Bon
8. Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
9. Hotbath – Midoff
10. Little Carlos – Shake Your Body Down (Reggae Version)
11. Soft Tigers – Mr. Ice Cream
12. Elvis Costello – Pump It Up
13. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – Benediction Moon
14. Blue Velvet – Summertime
15. Geoff Love and His Orchestra – Also Sprach Zarathustra
16. Harry Nilsson – You’re Breaking My Heart
17. A Mountain of One – Bones (Thomas’ Way of the Ancients Remix)
18. America – Horse With No Shame (Todd Terje Edit)
19. Enoch Light & The Light Brigade – Ob-la-di
20. Isaac Hayes – Groove-A-Thon (Part 1)
21. Harry Nilsson – Coconut
22. Pink Floyd – Any Colour You Like
23. Pipilloti Rist – I’m A Victim of This Song (Wicked Game)
24. Nobukazu Takemura – Untitled