Resting my legs for Rovertsche Leij Trail

No running today, no cross training, no core work, just some Yin yoga. Today is mainly a day of resting my legs. Tomorrow I will run the Rovertsche Leij Trail in Poppel, just over the border in Belgium. Well, over the border and back, because Poppel is so close to the Netherlands, that we will run as well in Belgium as in the Netherlands.

I wasn’t really planning to run this trail. It’s a bit of a last minute, spontaneous idea. Sunday generally is my long run day. I sneak out of bed early, ride to a forest and run. Just me and the birds and deer. Nobody else.

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However, I wanted to catch up with my friend Mark, before we leave for Scotland next week. Mark lives in Tilburg, which is close to Poppel. So, I thought about combining the long run with visiting Mark. And as the Rovertsche Leij Trail is tomorrow, I can combine all three.

See, this trail was on my to do list. Just for next year, instead of this year. It is part of the Brabantse Trail Serie and next year I was hoping to run all 4 races: the Ooievaarstrail, the Smokkelaarstrail, the Alphense Bergen Trail and the Rovertsche Leij Trail.


New record?

I only decided Thursday evening to run this trail, because my legs felt pretty good, and especially my ankles feel good again. The trail offers different distances: 10, 15, 21 and 25 kilometers. I’ll do 21. Long, but not too long.

The last 21 kilometers trail I did, was the Leenderbos Trail. Although, it was supposed to be 21, but it actually was 23,5. Anyway, during that race I ran the first 21 kilometers in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 3 seconds. Tomorrow I want to be faster, that’s why today I’m resting my legs.


Easy pace or nice pace

All the trails I’ve run up until now, I have chosen to start slow. I like to keep my heart rate under 150 for three quarters of the race. After that, I allow myself to run faster. A low heart rate is in training terms an easy pace, but an easy pace doesn’t always feel like a nice pace.

I remember when I was running the Veluwezoom Trail in July, earlier this year. Halfway through the 19 kilometers I sent a message to Sara that my legs weren’t feeling good, and that I expected to arrive later than planned. After kilometer 12 I allowed myself to run a nice pace. I felt like flying. Suddenly I had energy and my legs felt great.

So easy, isn’t always nice. With 3 weeks to go to the Three Mealls Trail race in Scotland, I think I can allow myself tomorrow to run nice.

Today's training

Yin Yoga
50 minutes


John Kraijenbrink

The Running Dutchman

I run. Trails mostly. I am Dutch. That makes me The Running Dutchman.

I am also a massage therapist, yogi, sports science nerd, and journalist/writer. Everything I learn and research about trail running, I share here, on this website, with you.

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