The French Vosges: Where  the colour ‘green’ was invented
Ramblings The French Vosges: Where the colour ‘green’ was invented

After doing pretty good at Havenloop Gent and Wings For Life and winning “Laat ‘em Lopen” the week after that, it was starting to get hard to keep the feet on the ground. It took the French Vosges about an hour to bring me down. 3 days later, If I may be so free to take the metaphor one step further, my feet were embedded in the rocks. Humbled. Amazed by everything around me.

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Wings For Life World Run Report
Wings For Life World Run Report

Race day! I ’m slightly stressed out. I hate races in the afternoon. What to eat? What to do to waste time? I prep my gear, take stuff for all kinds of weather conditions, have a shower and just leave. As tradition has it, I arrive just in time to pick up my bib and go leave the rest of my gear at the deposit. 45 minutes until the start. Ypres is buzzing with activity. Some Belgian celebrities show up, but my attention goes out to the amazing Marc Herremans & Wielemie. Strong & stubborn, examples for many, be it against their will.

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Wings for Life World Run Preview
Wings for Life World Run Preview

People who know me, even just a bit, will probably know that not being able to run would be hell for me. I already went to (admittingly, just the top layer of) hell and back when I was injured at the end of last year. I hated it. After a while, I found my peace with temporarily being unable to run by focussing on coming back better & stronger than before. But what if there was no such thing to focus on? What if there was no hope on coming back at all?

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Antwerp Marathon + Antwerp 10 Miles double 2015
Antwerp Marathon + Antwerp 10 Miles double 2015

After last year, I really wanted to do this again: The Antwerp double. The single objective was in the distance, not in the time, so I took things easy. I guess one could call this a training run, but then I never consider running to be training. It ’s just running. Be what it may be, I woke up at 6.30, geared up and packed spare gear, headed for Antwerp and parked close to the starting line (the advantage of arriving well before the herd for the 10 Miles race arrives).

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Haven Gent loopt 2015
Haven Gent loopt 2015

It ’s been a weird year so far. Starting it with an Achilles injury, I saw my ambitious goals for 2015 ruined. No record times this year, I thought. So I decided to focus on one thing, and one thing only: UTMB. I would ignore all races and just prepare myself as good as possible without getting distracted by races in between. Eye on the prize! And then I got sick and it just wouldn ’t go away for over a month. I tried not to worry: there was still time. After all, UTMB wasn ’t until august. And then somehow, in the midst of all that, I broke my PR. on the 10k during the Ghent Ekiden race. Needless to say, I had mixed feelings when I got a free race bib for the Haven Gent Loopt Semi Marathon. Still sick, but then again, that didn ’t seem to bother me on that 10k. I had no clue what to expect.

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t’s better to burn than to fade away – Sfinx Ekiden Gent
t’s better to burn than to fade away – Sfinx Ekiden Gent

Well, I had my DNF (Did Not Finish), and I ’ve pretty much started my whole long distance running career with a DNS (Did Not Start. True story: I was on the train for the Brussels Half Marathon when I realised I forgot my running shoes). So it was about time to fill the gap that was the most intriguing of all 3-letter combos: The magical DSQ: Disqualified. The first Venice Runners Sfinx Ekiden Gent participation was one to remember.

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