Former Dutch international Arjen Robben completed his first marathon on Sunday as he ran in the Rotterdam Marathon, finishing the 26.2 mile race in a stunning time.
Chelsea fan favourite Arjen Robben finished his first marathon on Sunday at the age of 38 in an insane time.
The former Netherlands international retired from football for a second time back in July after briefly coming out of retirement to sign for boyhood club Groningen in the Eredivisie. Now, less than a year after retiring and at the age of 38, he has completed his first ever marathon in a time of three hours, 13 minutes and 40 seconds.
Robben averaged seven minutes and 23 seconds per mile as he completed the Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday alongside former speed skater Erben Wennemars.
Speaking after the race, Robben told local outlet Rijnmond, via Goal: “Not fun, it really wasn’t fun. I made it, but that’s about it. I often went deep and had to fight often enough, but this was also a real fight.
“That audience on the side helps you so much. Thanks to everyone for that, that got me through. In the beginning I was a bit preoccupied with a time, but at a certain point you throw that overboard.
“Then it’s surviving and entering my first marathon. Then you notice what something like that does to your body, but I made it.”
Since retiring for good at the end of last season, Robben has combined training for the marathon with a move into coaching, having become a youth coach at fourth tier Dutch side Quick 1887 in January.