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...

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...

Why I run…

Of course I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t love running. I love the outdoors, the training, the sense of adventure when racing ultra’s. And after running for a lot of years, you could also say I’m an addict. I need the adrenaline, endorphins and everything else. But there are two reasons that are more fundamental to who I am as a person and why running helps. Solving puzzles When I...

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...