Category Archives: (trail) running

kathmandu valley rim supermoon

Beauty is a good antidote to generally depressing world news. The Chandragiri ridge from which these pics were taken is favorite trail country for me. They were the closest bit of valley rim from where I used to live, seen … Continue reading

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guided running to explore Shanghai

It’s taken a while, but the time has come to make a public offer. I’ve been running Shanghai streets for more than two years now. It’s great fun and I start to know my way around quite some parts of … Continue reading

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why vote for this talented girl?

Two years ago I posted on why spectacular talent deserves support. Sounds like a long time ago but for Mira Rai (also look here and here) to prove me right, two years really isn’t much time. Sure, she confirmed within a … Continue reading

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iimbsd: come jogging with me

Some time ago I adopted the pedestrianism label for my approach to running. Now I’m finally ready to advertise myself as a running guide for exploring Shanghai I’m reconsidering. Why go for a big word when there is a small one, … Continue reading

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extreme trails

Addendum: anyone doubting my claim that extreme efforts presuppose an ‘outlier’ body, read Bryon Powell’s interview with Pete Kostelnick who just shattered the longstanding trans-USA record, running an average of more than 115k/day for a consecutive 42 days, 6 hours … Continue reading

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the Dutch are coming

Given our lack of a trail/fell/cross-country running tradition, and our pancake geography, it is no wonder that we don’t have many Dutch trail/mountain running podium contestants. But we’re coming. There seems to be a caveat though: first emigrate to an environment … Continue reading

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trail?trends

Disclaimer: my version of trendwatching is largely an effort to detect patterns in the echo chamber of my interests. I’ve written a couple of posts on trends in trailrunning, as well as various pretentious reflections on running in general (my … Continue reading

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illustrating the endless diversity of cityscapes

One may argue that the most difficult aspect to notice is that which is all and ever present (the fish and water argument). Luckily, I’ve been living in big cities not long enough to run a risk of taking them that … Continue reading

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nepalese eye candy

I’m no mountainbiker, and generally not a fan of the dicovery/nat geo kinda visuals, let alone when accompanied by the spin-doctoring text and sound that characterizes that genre. But taste doesn’t rob me of the ability to appreciate craftsmanship. And … Continue reading

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riverfronts, the good, the bad and the ugly

Rivers are redeeming features for any city. I’ve lived in quite a few that are mostly or partly defined by their rivers and haven’t come across any for which their riverfront was a total negative. However, what cities do with … Continue reading

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trekking in Tibetan Sichuan

One of the things we did this summer was join our friends Connie, Ignas and their daughter Josien, whom we know from our shared days in Cambodia, on guided treks around mount Zhakra and across the Laghang grasslands. Our base … Continue reading

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some pedestrian thoughts instead of a 2015 trail running review

For two years in a row I reviewed my armchair trail running impressions (see here and here). Haven’t got much to add. Most trends have deepened (more business, more attention to FKTs and its variations, more extreme events, many more … Continue reading

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everest and ego

Nepal 1978, was my first ever time in real mountainscape, other then crossing an occasional pass in the Alps with my parents on our yearly summer pilgrimage to Italian beaches. Saw Everest from Gokyo peak, and very nearly got myself … Continue reading

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memes or bodies?

Some will not even get to this first sentence because they think memes are a crock of shit.  I disagree but would argue that one needs both to make something happen. An either or question is the wrong perspective. But … Continue reading

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running movies

One of the trends in the trailrunning scene (to keep up a tradition I should do a 2015 piece but have too much on my plate at the moment) is the abundance of (short) videos being released. Even just a couple … Continue reading

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running the blocks of my neighborhood

The scale of Shanghai is both immense and very manageable. It is very hip to these days to explore one’s immediate neighborhood, walking the block, as Alexandra Horowitz does so eloquently in On Looking.

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biggest Shanghai redevelopment zone I’ve come across so far

When I went out yesterday for an exploratory walk (air quality to bad for a long run) I had expected the last bit of it, on the Pudong side, to be the most boring. I was curious about the ferry … Continue reading

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city of art

Looking for a destination for my recovery run on the only day this week that is predicted to be dry I decided upon the Power Station of Art. Had seen the building several times already and ran past it during last … Continue reading

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Shanghai marathon, age-grading and minimal shoes

Ran the Shanghai marathon today.

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Shanghai Dutch town

As a Dutch expat in Shanghai I can be expected to write about Dutch town, part of the one city, nine towns project. However, although I had read about the project and intended to visit a couple of them,  I wasn’t aware … Continue reading

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Running Shanghai: a great route through old industrial neighborhoods, upper middle class residential areas and the financial district

By now, I have logged quite a few Shanghai routes on my everytrail page. So its time to start sharing a couple more ( for others: check out this category tag) on my blog. Specifically routes that substantiate in various ways my … Continue reading

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Going for green and off-pavement running in Shanghai’s Pudong district

Finding green spaces and non-paved surfaces in Shanghai is a challenge. I live across the river (Pudong, East of the Pu river) from the old city (Puxi ,West…) and even there, in what was fields among villages only a bit … Continue reading

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biggest Shanghai circuit so far

Went out to see how long a long city run/walk can be. Left the house at 9AM and returned by 6PM. I think I got the distance just about right, but have to conclude that an even earlier start would … Continue reading

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trailrunning base in Hangzhou

One month after participating in the Hangzhou Mountain Marathon, an informal small numbers foreigners dominated event organized as a training opportunity for those living in this part of China and preparing for the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 100k I returned to … Continue reading

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