24. February 2019
Hi… I'm Michael and sometimes I run.
When I went for my first run back in mid-July 2013, I couldn't even make it for one kilometer. Out of breath, no form, no technique and wondering what I got myself into - but in the end I managed to run 3.1 kilometers with more time spent catching my breath than actually running. Trying to test out my personal limits, I naturally wanted more. "Faster, higher, further, better" was never my motto. After my first couple of kilometers I just ran - mainly for myself and by myself. Time does not matter, distance does not matter - the only thing that matters is being out there. The run-experience has something liberating. It has also something highly meditative. You're just in the moment, nothing else bothering, enjoying the outdoors - and when finishing, this sudden rush of achievement let's you know: you can do it! No matter if it's hot or cold, sunny, rainy, windy or you're just having a bad day. Running always gets me grounded, and sometimes even I catch some of that runner's high. But mostly I will catch a sunburn.
Since then it's been a couple of kilometers.
However I spend most of my time on non-running activities like photography, programming, catching up on my kayaking skills and enjoying those moments where literally nothing happens. Other than that you can find me working in the world of IoT.
See you on the track.
Just after my first offical race - the Bucharest Halfmarathon in May 2018 - I decided to step up my running game and bring it to another level. I decided to run at least half a marathon in all of the capitals in the European Union: 28 cities in 28 countries.
Feeling as a citizen of the European Union with freedom of movement, no restrictions on travelling, no exhaustive visa-processes and mostly paying with the same currency all over Europe, all of Europe is just on my doorstep. Mostly we tend to see only the negative sides of the EU in our day-to-day lifes and all the positive effects become just a peripheral matter. This trend is currently on the rise and highly political. I wanted to bring back my personal life into the idea of an unified Europe - to see and experience it for myself. Actually seeing countries and meeting people instead of only believing rumours and hearsay changes things. It changes perspectives. It changes yourself. It challenges yourself.
This is how the idea of "Run Europe" was born. What started as an idea is now getting real.
I even started to design a logo and order some merchandise. The Run Europe logo itself should symbolize this idea of one Europe - instead of having multiple stars it symbolizes with only one star the whole of my idea and the whole of Europe. Personally, compared to the colors of the Flag of European, I find my choice of blue slightly more optimistic.
I'm not sure where this project will be leading me. Maybe it will just show that history and politics and running have something in common: it's a long way - let's hope that it is worth the effort.
And should you meet me at one of the many airports and races - feel free to buy me a beer…