One does not simply… run a marathon
Running One does not simply… run a marathon

Recently, running magazines, both on- and off-line, have been buzzing with articles about “the easy marathon”: The guys from sportrusten.nl published a marathon training schedule with 14k as the longest distance you’ll run in it. And then there was this Dutch student who ran the Athens marathon with close to no preparation at all (although he did “run a 30k training and was exhausted afterwards”). So this morning, before work, I decided to run a marathon as a training for the ultrawarmathon. Just like that.

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Music for life: The Ultra-warmathon
Running Music for life: The Ultra-warmathon

Shortly after setting the impressive new FKT on the Pacific Crest trail, the amazing Karel Sabbe sent me a message, asking whether I’d be in to run 100 miles for music for life. You don’t say no to Karel Sabbe. I felt humbled. I felt honoured. I didn’t really think twice. I said yes.

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Start 2 trail
Running Start 2 trail

As I mentioned before, a little idea rose during our hikes through Gran Canaria. On the ascents, Kim had little trouble keeping up with me, except maybe where the trail was favouring my long legs. But when things went downhill, I mean literally downhill, the difference was remarkable.

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So long summer goals
Running So long summer goals

Once the disappointment after dropping out of UTMB had somewhat settled, it was time to decide whether I’d give it another go. It’s not an easy decision, but it helped I had from the end of August until the end of December to make up my mind. 

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How it all began I think I was about 9 when I did my first competitive running.

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