Runner of the Week – Jimmy Laeremans


Our newest category “Runner of the Week” is live and ready to highlight fantastic runners and amazing human beings.
RunningMAX is presenting you Jimmy aka @jimpy87_running . Take your time, read his thoughts and contact us if you want to participate.

We will stop talking and let you enjoy!

Introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Jimmy Laeremans, I’m 30 years old and I live in Belgium. I have an Instagram account: jimpy87_running

When did you start running?
I started running about 2,5 years ago

Were you athletic at all before you took up running?
I used to play football (out-/indoor). Both at a pretty decent level. I used to train 4 times a week and played 2 games during the weekend.

Do you remember the first moment you felt “like a runner”?
The first time I’ve felt like a runner was probably during my training for the marathon. I got up at 4 am to run 35k.

Has running affected your work in any unexpected ways?
People I work with know how passionate I am and some of them started running as well. It’s also easier to get through my days since I’ve started running. During work, I can look forward to my run when I have a one planned for the evening.

How often do you get recognized while running or racing?
People start to recognize me because I’m getting a bit faster. Some of them also recognize me from social media of course!

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about running?
It feels great while running and it feels even better when the run (or specific training) is done! You feel a lot better during the rest of the day!

Do you race? Who do you race against? (It’s Superman, isn’t it?)
I do a race. And I also race my girlfriend during training (She’s superwoman ;)) Charlotte is really fast: 16:49 for 5k, 35:23 for 10k… Like I said: Superwoman!

Tell us one of your favorite memories of running.
I have two: my first (and so far only) marathon and the first time I saw Charlotte run a race. I obviously have a lot more great memories but those are my favorites!!

What defined you as a runner?
My will to carry on. I’ve had surgery on my knee some years ago and a lot of doctors told me that running wasn’t an option anymore. 5 years later and 20kgs less, I run more than 3000k in a year.

Do you have a personal mantra that keeps you going on days you don’t feel like going out to run?
Do it for Charlie (Charlotte)

How do you measure success as a runner?
I’m a pretty decent runner on street races. But I need to be running consistently for a lot more years to get really good at it! I’m happy where I am right now though!

What’s your first recollection of running?
I had to run a lot to get in shape before football season started.

Explain your philosophy on diet and nutrition, assuming you have one (and maybe you don’t)?
Diet and nutrition are extremely important. Probably as important as running is. You need the right food at the right time to recover and to keep your energy levels as high as possible.

What training phase are you in right now (and when does it end?)
I’m currently in a building phase because I was a little bit injured for a month.

How are you improving your past training to get faster?
Lot’s of runs and lots of variety. About 100k/week and some interval training as well.

What’s your favorite pre-race fuel? What’s your favorite post-race fuel? What’s your typical meal like?
Pre-race i usually drink matcha and eat bread with jelly, post-race I drink a protein shake and usually eat a cereal bar to get some carbs in as well. My standard meal depends but it’s usually a combination of (complex) carbs, protein and fat. I often mix it up as well.

What do you think about on long runs?
Long runs were a weekly thing some years ago during the marathon prep. I liked them even if it meant getting up at 4 😉

How long are your long runs?
Long runs then: 26-35 km, Long runs now: I usually don’t do more than 20km.

What’s your marathon PR?
3:39 (my only marathon so far)
What is the key to success as a long-distance runner?

What makes you go the extra mile during a race when you begin to feel tired?
My result has to be better than last time 😉

What is your must-have piece of kit?
A GPS-watch. Although, I enjoy running without one sometimes!

What are the top three “little things” that you do to prevent injuries?
Listen to my body (most of the time), use compression socks (STOX is also a sponsor), use RunningMAX of course 😉

Do you have to worry about chafing? What do you do?
During long runs, I use anti-chafing cream

Running with music: Yes or no?
Usually yes! Unless I’m running with friends or my dad or my girlfriend

Hills or heat?
Definitely hills!!! I’m not a skinny runner but I’m a pretty good climber.

Road or trail?
Combination of both. Trails are more beautiful, roads are easier to hit the right pace.

Fill in the blank: Barefoot running is __________
Not for me. But as Charlotte’s trainer, I sometimes make her run barefoot post-race for 3k.

What was the last race you did, and how’d it go?
My last race was a half-marathon in a team. Each one of us had to run close to 5.3km on an extremely hilly course. 3 of us ran sub 20min (my girlfriend, a triathlon guy, and me)

What’s next, race-wise?
Perhaps some street races and I’m looking forward to running a half marathon this year.

What’s the coolest place you’ve ever run?
Switzerland…definitely!!! Such a beautiful place with amazing views!

Have you ever run for charity?
The half marathon in the team was also a charity run.

What are you most looking forward to at the finish line?
The finish line itself 😉 And the feeling of completing a tough race.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about running or runners in general?
Lots of people talk about the injuries and that it hurts to run fast or long. For me, it hurts a lot more not to be able to run fast or long… But it’s different for everyone.

Next up, If you could go pro in any other sport than running, what would it be?

What are your lifetime running goals?
Run as long as I can physically. Continue to improve and who knows what might happen…

Who is the person who inspires you to do sports (friends, relatives, famous athletes, etc.)?
My dad, my girlfriend, Sage Canaday

What is the key to your success?
Take small steps (also literally) and you will improve a lot more!

If you could deliver one message to every runner reading this – and you can! – what would it be?
Discover your true capacity while discovering the beauty of the world. Run fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see…

Thank you, Jimmy, for your time and thoughts. The whole RunningMAX team wishes you all the best in life and on track. 


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