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It is 07:00 o clock on a Saturday morning. You scramble around at the starting area of your race, and you feel sick to your stomach. Doubts fill your mind: “Gosh, I am such an idiot. I shouldn’t be here. Look at these athletes. They look so much fitter and stronger than me. What if …

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If you are looking for a ridiculously easy-to-make keto bread with a hint of sweetness – look no further. This is my variation of the egg loaf recipe I found on the carb manager app’s website. The basic recipe calls for eggs, cream cheese, butter, and cinnamon. I added a pinch of salt, coconut flour, …

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On August 21st, 2021, I toed the line at the Schwerin Lake Trail Ultra. Along with 106 other runners, I set out to run around lake Schwerin. Sixty-one challenging kilometers through forests and stubble fields – the lake (almost) always in sight. Schwerin Lake Trail Ultra – Sustainability And Shakespeare Two points (besides the fantastic …

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Dear Running, When we first met in South Africa in 2006, I couldn’t fathom how much you’d impact my life in the years to come. We had a rough start. Our first dates didn’t go well. In fact, I downright hated you. I hated how you gave me a racing heart and a head so …

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In previous articles, I explored the powerful positive effects regular exercise can have on mood disorders and how it can protect your brain against dementia. I also described how running was the catalyst for my triumph over social anxiety. Running can help you become a more self-confident, happier, and less stressed-out individual. But running also has …

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Once you start going beyond the 10k distance, you need to think about nutrition during your run. Whether you are attempting a half-marathon, the marathon, or an ultra-marathon, you will be better off with some fuel along the way. And while you certainly can finish a half marathon and a marathon without any additional calories …

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As an ultrarunner, you are tough.  You need to be.  Running fifty, one hundred, and more kilometers at a time, most of the time in harsh environmental conditions, is not for the faint of heart.  While everyone seems to agree that you need to log a sufficient amount of kilometers during training, the opinions on …

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These coconut macaroons are my favorite cookies. You need only four ingredients to make these irresistible treats. Like the coconut-lemon-cake, I love macaroons as a welcome treat on a long run or hike. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, they make the perfect travel food. Sharing with friends and family is easy, …

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“Long-distance running is 90% mental, and the other half is physical.” – Rich Davies While physical health and stamina are critical if you want to run 50 miles, 100 miles, and more, the limiting factors for many people are their character, daily habits, and the relationship they have with their mind. Mental training should be …

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You want to increase your running distance, start run-commuting, or plan to run your first ultra-marathon? Then running with a backpack will be part of your journey. And if you are new to running with more than just your clothes on and are on the hunt for more information, you have come to the right …

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