Category Archives: (trail) running

a prettty good run through Shanghai’s New Jersey

When I designed un Nimweegs rondje, I pondered how best to achieve an optimal balance of the various ingredients of a good run through an interesting landscape. Cityscapes are landscapes too, and  the same need to compromise applies. There isn’t a universally … Continue reading

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the urban running that has a narrative

For a someone who grew up in a city-state like the Netherlands China’s dimensions are just mind-blowing. One of those expat glossies that cater to my ilk regularly has a well-written cover article (although the bulk is food, fashion and partying … Continue reading

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urban running

With my new and somewhat enforced focus on urban running, I’m very receptive to anything out there speaking to it. Confirmation bias at work. Salomon’s latest video:

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Hangzhou

Marjan & I spent spring break  in Hangzhou and Beijing, doing a circuit by train from Shanghai. The first day in Hangzhou was on trails: the Hangzhou Mountain marathon, organized by Nicolas Musy, of the Mongolia sunrise to sunset ultra. … Continue reading

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spectacular talent meets

Some (actually surprisingly short) time ago, I wrote down my thoughts about why spectacular talent needs support. In the meantime, Mira Rai, the girl who triggered my blog post, was able to show her talent in some races that matter (matter in … Continue reading

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Making amends

Writing (and thus blogging) for me, and anyone else (although some might not know that) reveals rather than expresses. Those who aspire to become what they state, and those who search for who they are in what the state, neither has a pre-existing … Continue reading

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Why we run?

Geoff Roes’ essay contest on iRunfar has resulted in a worthy winning piece of creative writing, and a very interesting reflection by Geoff on the trends he saw in the corpus of 103 answers he received. My kinda answer didn’t fit the … Continue reading

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the freediving born to run?

A friend from my Cairo days and avid diver shared a longer piece about freediving by journalist and author James Nestor (thanks Linda!). Nestor argues that We are, truly, born to dive. I’m familiar with the argument but the piece is well written and introduced me … Continue reading

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urban running trends

I pontificate on trail trends, self-define as a trail runner, but for quite a while now have spend nearly all my time in mega urban environments. So with the occasional exception of a holiday or work trip run all of … Continue reading

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trendy trailrunning trivia

Now everyone has had (mostly) his say about 2014, its time for my geriatric armchair contribution. Being late is not only my style but also allows me to freely piggyback on what has already been produced by those making a living from … Continue reading

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why I run?

No, I wouldn’t write about this again if it weren’t for a good reason. The reason being that I entered an essay contest by Geoff Roes to come up with a response to the seemingly unanswerable (he’s got that right)  ‘what’s the … Continue reading

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reblogging slomo

Josh Izenberg is a filmmaker based in San Francisco. “Slomo,”  which is his first documentary, has received more than a dozen awards including Best Documentary Short by the International Documentary Association and the jury award for best short documentary at … Continue reading

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the confirmation bias at work

Way too much writing about running lately. The only real defense I have is that running can be connected to so much else. So a post about running can be a post about anything. Well, not anything, let’s be honest, a … Continue reading

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Manaslu kids

Not too long ago a short video of the 2013 (first) edition of the Manaslu Trail race became available. It featured a kids race in Samagaon, the village at the foot of the Larkya pass. 50 school kids happily participated … Continue reading

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on running a narrative

I may rightfully be accused of silly conceptual urges, tinkering away at my map of the running universe,  and of pigeon-holing what running is all about (for me). Owning up to my hobby horses and questioning them is the best … Continue reading

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Western Time: great depiction of what trailrunning races are about

I have recently written a lot about the inner-directed experiential emphasis of most trailrunning narratives and my questions about that. Although I tried to be explicit about questions not being the same as criticism, focus is always going to suggest what … Continue reading

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exploring my home town

I’ve been blabbering about running as a way to connect to one’s environment, to make it one’s own, but how does that work if an environment is already deeply ingrained into one’s being? I’ve been in the Low Lands for … Continue reading

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spectacular talent deserves support

Mira Rai is starting to make her mark internationally. A couple of months ago she showed up at the start of her first ever 50k and did remarkably well for a girl that hadn’t run much beyond 5 and 10k races. … Continue reading

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practical thoughts about running Shanghai

When I had just arrived I summarized my beginners knowledge and impressions about Shanghai as a running location. My first long run followed soon after and I’ve now been around long enough to frame some ambitions for my city explorations. … Continue reading

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why run a landscape? part one

When reflecting on trailrunning, the kind of running I’ve pondered about most till date, I’ve focused on my motivation for hitting the trails, but never really addressed the fundamental question of why one would want to run a landscape in the first … Continue reading

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environments as palimpsests

The title of this post pays homage to the writer and photographer, Teju Cole, whom I just came across in my daily grazing of the digital pastures I use to hook up with the rest of the world (here for another, running-related … Continue reading

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trends in trailrunning

Trends in trailrunning has been my subject in earlier posts (here and here). The question at stake in this post is how important the trails – read landscape, natural beauty – really are to the way it seems to be … Continue reading

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Shanghai, citytrails, and going a bit beyond marathon distance

My new home town has great potential for pedestrian exploration. Looking at running as a mode of environmental exploration, as opposed to exercise, competition, or self-discovery (well, ‘opposed to’…nothing is ever not part of the package, but focus does matter) … Continue reading

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running Shanghai

Two weeks in Pudong and Shanghai have made me quite optimistic about my running here. I live in Pudong, the greener, newer, modernist, less exotic twin across-the-river from Shanghai (Puxi). The sidewalks are broad, and often shaded, and separated from … Continue reading

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un nimweegs rondje – version 1.0

The summer weeks in Nijmegen have resulted in the first version of an ultra-distance running route through the beautiful surroundings of my home town. I outlined my ambitions for such a route in earlier posts, and version 1.0 is in … Continue reading

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