Time is my biggest enemy

Out for a run. I am happy to be out this morning. At the same time I should be behind my desk working. Time is my biggest enemy these days.

Out for a run. I am happy to be out this morning. It’s a perfect running morning. At the same time I’m not happy. I should be behind my desk working. I guess time is my biggest enemy these days.

The sun shines, yet it’s fresh. At some places the grass is still white from the frost last night. No single paths this morning for me. I ran straight past the Liskes, over the tree trunks that form a kind of bridge and onto Plateaux-Hageven, a nature reserve on the border of The Netherlands and Belgium. I feel privileged to run here, at this time of the day.

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Running from work

Yet, at the same time I know I should be behind my desk now. I mean, it’s 11 o’clock in the morning. To be fair, I should have been behind my desk for the last 3 days. I have to do administration; close the month of March, and pay invoices. There are also lots of emails that need to be answered and I have to call an electrician for some kind of test certificate we need for the insurance.

But I’m out, running. It’s something I have to do as well. I mean, I want to run the Dolomite Extreme Trail this June. That’s 55 kilometers, with almost 4.000 meters of altitude. I need to make these kilometers; today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and the day after that. I also should have added strength training to my program, but I have no clue when to do that. Time is my biggest enemy.


Missing yoga

I haven’t done as many yoga sessions as I like these last couple of weeks. I miss them, I kind of need them to keep my muscles flexible. And I’m not even talking about meditation or pranayama (breathing exercises). I can’t remember when I did that for the last time. It makes me wonder how all these ultra runners do it. How do they all find the time for all this running and strength training?

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Okay, I have a more than full time job, and I have this blog. This week we’re filming a new yoga course for our La Scimmia Yoga platform with Vera Bettiol. That means besides my normal work I’m her driver, as she stays at Hygge, a few kilometers away, and I’m taking care of lunch. Luckily Sara is doing all the editing and shooting, except for the reels, so I do have time to run.


Weekends become workdays

I write this blog in the evenings. Around eight o’clock pm, when we’re done working, Sara and I sit down on the sofa. She reads, I write. On a Saturday I generally do all the work that’s left over from the week, on Sunday I only write. When we have teachers over, that sometimes changes as weekends become workdays as well.

So how do all these ultra runners find time to run? Are they all part timers? Don’t they have a social life? A job from 9 to 5? Or do they just work, run, eat, sleep, repeat? I’m really curious, because I still have 10 kilometers to go on this run, but I know Sara and Vera are already waiting for me to shoot their reels. That’s why time is my biggest enemy these days.

Today's training

Slow Start, Fast Finish Trail Run
22.45 kilometers in 2 hours, 30 minutes and 29 seconds


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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