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Running up the Wall of Geraardsbergen

Yeah, I’m going to run up the Wall of Geraardsbergen, in Belgium. If you’re a cycling fan, you may know the Wall from the Tour of Flanders and/or Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Now I’m going to run up, during the MUT Trail Festival, April 22.

I’ve just signed up. I will be running the Mighty Marathon. Although, with 45 kilometers it’s going to be slightly more than a marathon, and a lot harder. See, we won’t be only climbing the Wall of Geraardsbergen, but also the Bosberg. You probably know that mountain also from the Tour of Flanders. In total we’ll be climbing 1.300 meters, so it’s truly going to be a Mighty Marathon.

12 to 80 kilometers

There are other distances as well, in case you’re interested in joining. The longest one is 80 kilometers, with 2.000 meters of altitude. The shortest one is 12 kilometers, with 300 meters of altitude. There is also a 30 kilometers race, with 800 meters of altitude.

I was looking at that last race, but decided to go for the marathon. That gives me another long distance training towards the Dolomiti Extreme Trail. I have to run 55 kilometers there, and climb almost 4.000 meters. So this will be good preparation.

Discovering my body

Maybe it’s a little too short after Sussex, my first ultra run next week, but I hope 5 weeks will be enough to recover from that 53 kilometers run and those 1.600 meters of altitude. We’ll see. As I told you, it’s all new to me. I’m still discovering what my body can and can’t do.

What I like about the race I signed up for now, is that the organization tries to make a festival out of it, with live music, a bar and some food trucks. Often Sara and I do a race together, but we both prefer different distances. So it’s nice if there is entertainment for the one who has to wait. Let’s see if MUT will live up to its promise.

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