After finishing my second marathon on the 8 th of October, I am still living with runners’ high. Completing this mythical distance of 42,2 km makes you feel like you’re invincible. In my case, it makes me hungry for more… But one very important part of running a marathon is giving your body the time to recover afterwards. You’d love to go out for a run again but it’s better to rest for a while and don’t jump in again too fast.
During the preparation of a marathon, I had my training schedule where I ran 4 times a week. After the marathon, these are gone and it feels like you are a bit lost. This is the perfect time to start planning the races you want to do next. During this period, you have a lot of different marathons so it gives you the opportunity to choose which one you want to do next. As you may have read in one of my previous posts, I have already subscribed myself for the Rotterdam Marathon in April 2018. I will try to run less than 3 hours and 30 minutes over there. My coach told me after the marathon of Eindhoven that this wouldn’t be a problem for me. For the past 2 years, I’ve made so much progress thanks to him but I also wonder where my limits are. There is only one way to find out Luk told me. Since my body reacts so well to the previous training schedules, he advised me to increase my training level as soon as we start preparing for the Rotterdam Marathon. This means I will have to do 5 work-outs a week instead of 4 like I did before. In that case, I will have to make some arrangements with Laura because I don’t want it to get too difficult for her since I will be out more. Most likely I will do the extra training after the kids are put to bed so she doesn’t have to do everything herself. Of course, I still have my duty as a dad as well! After a marathon, I try to spend as much time as possible with my kids. Last Friday was a very special day for us. For Quinn’s 4 th birthday, we went to Disneyland in Paris for the first time. There is no better feeling as a parent than seeing the sparkle in her eyes when you are walking around in this world of magic. We went just the 3 of us so it was a little bit easier. She enjoyed every minute of it and especially when she met Snow White. It was an unforgettable day for all of us!
Last weekend, The great Bruges Marathon was organized for the first time. I know a few people who joined this new marathon and I hear nothing but good reviews about it. Since I already ran Rotterdam in the Netherlands, I am most likely to join Bruges next year in October. I also talked about my goal to run 50 marathons before I turn 50 with my coach. He said it’s not impossible but he advised me to run 2 marathons in 2018 like I did this year. In 2019, I will probably run 3 marathons. In order to accomplish this, I need to remain fit and not to get myself injured. My coach also told me that I would be able to run faster after each marathon till I reach the age of 35. This came as a surprise to me but probably the difference will be less than what I have now.
Besides the marathon, I’d also like to run some “smaller” races to keep myself motivated. Next month, I will join “de Zevenheuvelenloop” in Nijmegem. It’s a very famous 15km race and the largest in the world with almost 40.000 runners in 2 days. In the past the world record for this distance has been broken here for a few times already, so I am very excited to see how the atmosphere will be. A lot of fellow IG-Runners will also attend this race so maybe I will get to meet some of them over there. As I want to finish less than 1 hour 15 minutes, I will have to step up on my training as from next week.