3 things you should know for your first 50K

It’s done. You have made your decision to register for your first 50K. You feel pumped, ready to move, no, to run mountains. You badass! I know that feeling. I’ve been there, and actually I’m still at this point. To make that adventure as pleasant as you wish, may I tell you the 3 things I should have done before registering for my first 50K race. If you’ve read me before, you know from my last race report that my adventure ended up after 29 painful f****** kilometers.
So don’t put yourself up for a DNF before toeing the starting line of your first 50K by following these 3 tips.

7 tips to balance work and training

 

When I don’t work overtime, I have a 46hours week. The first month I had to get used to this new rhythm and my training suffered from it. You can clearly see the curve of weekly and monthly mileage going down since I started in my company.
The result?
Frustration in my running and the fear to have a low-year in 2016.
So, to balance work and training, I had to make a plan: waking up early, preparing my gears the day before, showing some discipline, etc. Sure, I am not the only one out-there with these problems. If you want to get back on track, you’ll need willpower, motivation and discipline. Forget your frustration and follow these 7 tips to balance work and training.

Why foundation training is key to your running

 

When I was still planning for my A-Race taking place in October, I read a lot about trail running, running in general and how to optimize my training. I read a lot of testimonials and portraits about my favorite runners as well as the one I don’t know. I realized one topic was always coming back, like a sweet catchy tune that never goes away and that you can’t forget. All the sources agreed on one point: that foundation training is key to our running.
My reaction at that time? – Oh I would love to work on my base but you know, I have my race in a few months, I can’t spend 5 month building it up. I’ll do it later, after the race, after the season, after the…

You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure. – Gordon B. Hinckley

 

Why realistic running goals are important

The second part of the season has already begun. You might be running your first marathon or the second of the year. You might be trying to run your first race.
Each year, every runner has different goals.
We want to become faster
We want to get in the top 10 of a race
We want to finish our first marathon…
In my opinion, to enjoy a good year without injuries, you need to set realistic running goals at the beginning of the year and re-define or re-adjust if necessary during the coming months.

If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. – Claire Cook

7 Tips to wake up early and run the world

If Forest Gump can run for over three years, you can get your ass on a 30 minutes run this morning. – Unknown (Pinterest)

 

To wake up early and run right out the bed can be a tough challenge. Hitting the snooze button of the alarm, tightly packed in the warm duvet sounds much more attractive than getting out of bed before sunrise. So imagine the idea of waking up AND go running.

I did not become an early bird overnight.
I had to take baby steps, train the body and the mind.
Like every good, new habit, you’ll need to learn it in order to create a new routine.

The truth about running and weight loss

You might have heard the myth, that running is the easiest and cheapest way to do sport, yes? Well, then you surely have heard all the myths concerning running and weight loss too? Like, you should always be running long distances at a very slow pace or that you should actually run shorter and faster distances.

Are you curious about your health? Do you want to maintain your fitness?
Or you are considering to lose weight?

Well, then you are at the right place!

Here are 9 tips or strategies to find your pace and start your journey to achieving your A goal!

Early morning runs – 5 reasons to go for it!

The last couple of months, I was able to skip all my early morning runs and go out there at any time during the day. Well, that was the last couple of months. Now that I finally get the job I badly wanted, I will have to reorganize my running schedule and enjoy running in the morning again.

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there. – Monica Baldwin