As most of you know I like having insane plans and try to execute as many of those as possible. Well, last year the plan to do the UTMB-PTL with Geert and Pascal failed, so new insane plans had to be made. One of them (my secret project) was the TransGranCanaria, which I ran 2 weeks ago. A very hard, but also very beautiful race. I wear my TGC finisher vest with pride. :-)
During the time I was in Gran Canaria the subscribers for insane plan A, the Tor des Géants, were judged and counted and admitted or rejected. I was quite late in subscribing, so it was no surprise to find out that I was rejected. Only 660 people get to run that race and I will not be one of them this year. Since I saw that coming, I was already thinking about a plan B.
Plan B will be: running from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela via the Camino Francès in 2 weeks. That will be 775 km in 14 days. Quite insane, right? Yeah, I know. But I'm going to try anyway. Why? Because the road to Santiago has been in my mind for many years. After reading a book by Paolo Coelho about pilgrimage to Santiago I was certain that I would be walking that road at least once in my life. Alone. To find what I don't know I'm looking for. Or to find out that there's nothing to find. Or just because I need to prove I can do it. Well, combining the idea of going to Santiago with my love for running and the fact that I needed another insane plan lead to the above mentioned plan B. I plan on doing that in the last week of August and the first of September.
Now preparations are starting: what do I need to know about the route, what do I need to bring, how many kilometers a day, what kind of food, where can I sleep, which type of GPS (handheld, preferably on batteries) will I buy, do I need special documents? All sorts of questions pop up when you are going to do something on your own instead of doing an organised race. I really want to do the running on my own, but I think I might need some help with the preparations... :-) So feel free to send me advice!