I can say crazy because Mike calls himself crazy right?! Plus I think it does require some craziness to run 50km, 50miles and even longer plus adding in the mountains for a more challenging run.
I often get asked if I run too and it's a no! It's not that I didn't wish I could. Friends and family who knew me when I was living in Denmark know I used to play soccer every day of the week. I even played for two clubs because one just wasn't enough for me plus coaching girls as well as trained with selected players from around the province. Yes I loved and still love soccer.
However these days due to my illness I can't run much without getting ill and end up in bed recovering for 2 weeks afterwards. Sadly though, as I wish I could go out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings Mike sees on his trails. Being there just isn't the same as seeing it on FaceTime :)
So how is it living with a crazy runner?! Well, it's interesting, fun and sometimes worrying. It's a good thing I had some practice. See, my brother used to be a professional triathlete so I'm used to having sports gear all around the house, someone eating loads of food, training and racing a lot as well as waiting impatiently at the finish line/at home hoping he will come back in one piece.
As with triathlon, trail running is also an endurance sport and it takes a certain character to be able to do it. I'm just going out on a limb here; it also takes a certain character to live with someone who is into these kinds of sport - I'm sure my lovely sister in-law will nod at this, having traveled around and living with my brother :)
Trail running is not a sport where you can watch the whole race from start to finish. Most times you can maybe get 2-3 sights - start line if you get up very early, at one of the aid stations and of course the finish line. So what do I do while he races?! Well at his 50 miler, I decided to volunteer my time. Volunteering is always fun and I got to hang out with some great people while serving burgers and hotdogs to other volunteers and runners. It gave me a great insight into how tight the trail running family really is and it was great to be a part of this and I can see why Mike loves it so much.
A few tips I have learned since Mike started trail running: