Craving more and more sleep

As a non-professional athlete with professional goals, balancing family life with work and training remains challenging. I've recently switched to running early in the morning instead of late in the evening. The quality of sleep I now get is much higher (see the reasons why here). Now for the next challenge... enough sleep overall. My training load is increasing steadily (both volume and...

Weird wake ups

Getting up every morning at 6 AM is ok. I'm getting used to it. The first 20 seconds are a bit weird though. 6:00:00 My iPhone goes off. It's the alarm to get up. 6:00:02 I wake up. I put on my glasses and pick up my phone at realize I need to get up. I'm awake immediately as I want to shut up the alarm as soon as I can. My wife is still asleep and I don't want to wake her up fully so she can...

One way to tell you’re on the way of becoming an ultrarunner

Please don't read any further if you are podophobic. There are some graphic details below! Good you are still here. It's the second time it's happening to me and I guess this time I jumped immediately to the last stage of grieving (acceptance). The first time I definitely hit the first stage (disbelief). My tip: be prepared and accept the fact it will happen to you too. So what's this bad thing...

Rookie mistake

Tuileries Garden, Paris near Louvre I've been running in the mornings lately, but due to work/family related stuff needed to do my long run (30K) in the evening last Friday. I started running around 18:15 and felt bloated from the first steps onward, bit nauseous even. It's not my first rodeo and normally these bloated, nauseous feelings subside in half an hour to an hour or something. Not this...

Not so boring after all

Sometimes training can feel like ground hog day. Just another run around the same course you ran a gazillion times before. These days it can be especially hard. With the different types of corona lockdowns we have around the world, ground hog day is a common feeling.  Today I ran the same course I did many times before. It’s a small 3k path (with a 1.5K detour in the middle) designed for...

Delegate!

I juggle with time. I’m a father, husband, freelancer, book and film enthousiast and last but not least, runner. Life definitely happens. There’s not enough time, or, better, if I want to do it all, I need to be efficient with what when. I need to be both effective and efficient.  Side step Efficient is not the same as effective by the way. Example: When you go into an elevator you have...

Recovery debt…

One of the challenges I have is what I call recovery debt. I’ll explain. A normal training-week looks like this. I run 5 days a week. Friday’s are my long run days as I don’t work and the kids go to school (8:30-15:00) so after dropping them off, I can run. The other four days are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Sunday during the day and the others in the evening usually after 20:00...

Here we go…

This is me: Father (Fien & Bram)Husband (Irma)Freelancer (Clear&Done)Runner Nothing special, except for the fact that running is a bit different for me than for most people. I usually say: I'm a runner, but a bit on the extreme side of running. I like to run distances over a marathon and preferably in the mountains... ultra trails. People look at me like I'm crazy, and I probably am... A...