Jan Kraus

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04 February 2020blogging2 min read

Beating January blues

An image of the Lodon Eye, as seen from west bank of Thames River, captured in January, 2020

We all know how it starts. Beginning of the year, we start the month with a head full of ideas and a heard full of hope. And then live gets us. One day after another, we need to face the challenges of our usual lives. We feel down, tired, and lacking energy. We slip, make bad choices, or retract to…

10 December 2019training2 min read

Running towards the changes

This year was truly a setback to me. In the beginning, I grappled with the injury that I carried even from the previous season. Running was always an afterthought, and I’ve found enough excuses to skip way too many training runs. But this is going to change. I’ve been struggling with being…

30 December 2018personal journal6 min read

Wrapping up 2018

Again, the time has come to sit down and look back into the past year. It’s almost end of a busy, little dull year of 2018. If you’re following my blog, please sit down and revisit with me the last 12 months of my life. Running and training As usual, I’ll start with a quick look at my sport…

17 June 2018running log5 min read

Running on Tenerife: Adeje to Montaña Carrasco and back

Running on Tenerife: Adeje to Montaña Carrasco and back

If you, like me, came to Tenerife to seek challenging trails, hard rocks, curvy paths and beautiful views you won’t be disappointed. Today I present first from many run/hikes runs I’m covering during my short summer break on Tenerife. The inspiration for this route came to me naturally when I was…

03 June 2018personal journal4 min read

May training report and updates

May training report and updates

May is gone, and with lots of sunny, warm days we’re officially entering summer period. It looks like it will be a hot one. As usual, I’m publishing my monthly summary for the past month. Enjoy. Traning numbers in May This month was a substantial increase over April. I was able to run more often and…

26 April 2018personal journal1 min read

Next challenge: Munich Marathon 2018

Next challenge: Munich Marathon 2018

Feeling a little buzzed and inspired from watching the runners on the London’s streets, I’ve decided to challenge myself. I’ve signed for Munich Marathon! Starting from today, I have exactly 170 days until Generali München Maraton (the official name) which will take place on 14. October 2018. That…

01 January 2018personal journal5 min read

2017 - a year in review

2017 - a year in review

It has become my tradition to spend couple hours by the end of a year and write a yearly review post. I’m doing that since last couple years. Today I’m writing this on retrospection of 2017. I invite you to read my share of struggles and moments of joy, successes & failures, ups, and downs. Training…

03 December 2017personal journal3 min read

Monthly update, November 2017

Monthly update, November 2017

In the beginning of the last month of 2017, I’m writing a short summary of November to check and update about what’s going on in my life. It didn’t feel long, but it’s been already a year since we’ve moved to the UK. It was good 12 months although too much focused still on getting everything…

01 November 2017personal journal2 min read

Short monthly update, October 2017

Short monthly update, October 2017

Autumn is already there and just two months left in this year. As usual, although not very regularly I sit down to reflect on past month. Follow me. Slow training September and October were almost completely out of running. I’ve only run twice, for about 10km in total. One of the runs happened to be…

10 September 2017running log8 min read

Running Magurski Ultramaraton

Running Magurski Ultramaraton

It’s been already three weeks since the event and I don’t want my memories to fade away. On 19th of August, 2017 I’ve attempted to run and finished 58km route of Magurski Ultramaraton in Kępna, Poland. I’m proud of this accomplishment and I want to share this experience with you. To run ultra…

01 August 2017personal journal2 min read

Slow and low July 2017

Slow and low July 2017

Summer in London is different than in Poland - I guess, it’s more bearable. Not so much extreme weather changes, not freaking hot, which is good for living in the city. This month passed quickly, again. Let’s look into July in my quick, monthly retrospective. On running I put less effort into…

05 July 2017personal journal2 min read

Can't believe it is already summer, June 2017

Can't believe it is already summer, June 2017

Just 2 days ago I went for a run on a warm and sunny afternoon and this thought struck me. It’s already July and that means we’re already in the 2nd half of the year. Amazing, how the time flies. If you care enough about what I do and think, stay with me for my monthly update. Running First, some…

02 June 2017personal journal3 min read

Stepping up the game, May 2017

Stepping up the game, May 2017

It is the first week of June 2017 and that means it’s time to write my monthly review again. May was again busy month (tell me which wasn’t) but I’m actually quite happy with everything that’s happened and the progress I’ve made. Work and travel I’ve travel again, this time twice, to Hamburg for few…

07 May 2017photo story3 min read

Photographing the 2017 London Marathon

Photographing the 2017 London Marathon

The 2017 London Marathon was one of my first attempt to street & event photography in London. I didn’t set many expectations about the outcome as I haven’t done much of this kind of shoots in the past. So instead, I’ve turned my mindset towards exploration and fun. Catching up with elite runners My…

11 July 2016personal journal1 min read

Happy to be there

Happy to be there

First 10 days of July passed and I feel I need to report some of the details about the progress for last couple weeks. Summer is fully here. Days are quite long, weather’s not bad, things are rolling. Blogging After getting break during May, I’ve increased the amount of posts per month. This is of…

19 June 2016running log1 min read

Run in a park, score 5k

Run in a park, score 5k

Friday afternoon my buddy wrote on Facebook that he’s gonna participate in the 5K Parkrun. Since I’ve never taken a part in it, I’ve thought I’ll give it a shot. I’ve also never participated in a 5K race, so it was a good challenge as well. Parkrun is free, weekly 5km run organized by volunteers…

12 June 2016personal journal2 min read

Back on track in June

Back on track in June

Damn, it’s been more than a month since I’ve wrote about running. To be honest, it wasn’t very intense. Only couple of short runs and one longer run trip. But this month I’m finally starting to feel it. I’ve put finally some effort in running more consistently. It is actually second week of June…

30 April 2016running log2 min read

Run to magic places

Run to magic places

Sometimes I’m just amazed how the same route looks and feels when you run it at a different time. Today, I went on the run in the evening, just about 1 hour before sunset. The photographers say that it’s and golden hour. The sun is near the horizon and the angle, on which the sun rays fall on the…

27 March 2016running log2 min read

First day of the spring

First day of the spring

I’m not exactly sure whether it was last day of winter or the first day of spring. But as usual, we’ve set for a run. Initially, we’ve actually planned to go somewhere else, but because of some unforeseen event day before, we’ve settled for a shorter route in Lasek Wolski. Actually, it was the same…

13 March 2016running log2 min read

Dirty dozen at Lasek Wolski

Dirty dozen at Lasek Wolski

Running this Sunday was all about mud, wet and slippery slopes. We started around 9:00 and traversed some nice trail paths in Lasek Wolski, small forest area in western part of Kraków. It was nice, technical run, mixed with a lot of sliding through mud and rain puddles. It’s always hard to get up…

05 March 2016running log1 min read

Turbacz w marcu

Turbacz w marcu

Sobotniego poranka zrobiliśmy z Krzysztofem solidną trasę. Podejście z Koninek, przez Obidowiec zielonym i czerwonym szlakiem na na Turbacz. Zbieg przez Czoło Turbacza, także Zielonym. Pogoda raczej wiosenno-ziomowa, śnieg pojawił się dopiero powyżej 900 metrów. Trasa wyszła nam grubo: 19,5km 950m…

29 February 2016personal journal2 min read

Slow but steady, February winter edition

Slow but steady, February winter edition

Sometimes the journey is slow. Sometimes it’s just feels like you’re in the same place. If you’ve ever felt this way, then welcome. This month was just slow. I mean, it wasn’t nothing. There was lot of work, some training here and there but no big progress. Let’s take a look and see why. Training I…

06 December 2015running log2 min read

Magic run

There is always something special when reaching the summit. Doesn’t matter if it’s a rocky peak in a high mountain range or a small mound in the city. The reward is there, always. You just need to reach for it. The sun was setting early. It was just around 3 PM when my friend Krzysztof picked me up…

05 December 2015running log2 min read

Running up this winter

I don’t know why, but this season I was too lazy. I’ve only run occasionally, couple times per month (if any). Should improve that maybe during this winter. But from time to time, anyway I always enjoy a break from the city. Last weekend of November I went on a nice trail run with my friend…

30 August 2015personal journal2 min read

My month in review: August 2015

Phew, this was busy month. It’s not even an end yet – still have one day to go – but I have to write this summary anyway. I doubt it will change that much tomorrow. So, lets get through. Decluttering The idea of getting rid of unused stuff around me was bouncing in my head for quite some time. At…

05 July 2015running log2 min read

2x Śnieżka, edycja 2015

Drugi raz pojawiłem się na starcie biegu “3x Śnieżka = 1x Mount Blanc”. Kilka miesięcy temu w głowie krążyły mi jeszcze przelotne myśli aby wystartować na dystansie ultra, ale oczywiście za mała ilość treningów skłoniła mnie do podjęcia krótszego wyzwania. Dramatyczny upał, który towarzyszył nam w…

05 April 2015running log1 min read

Marzec 2015 - raport i przemyślenia

Z lekkim poślizgiem postaram się przeanalizować poprzedni miesiąc. Z końcówką lutego zacząłem w miarę regularne treningi i marzec był pierwszym miesiącem, w którym udało mi się to całkiem dobrze. A więc do dzieła. Statystyki Wg Stravy w marcu zanotowałem: 17 treningów, na których przebiegłem 15…

11 March 2015personal journal1 min read

Biegowe plany na 2015

Na przestrzeni lutego zacząłem powoli wracać do biegania. Na razie było to dosyć nieregularnie i chyba całkiem bez celu. Nastał marzec, zima na razie odeszła a ja biegam trochę częściej. Na horyzoncie pojawiły się dwa ciekawe biegi: Mammut – Sky Marathon 1xBabia oraz 3 x Śnieżka = 1 x Mont Blanc…

08 December 2014running log1 min read

Hamburger run

Hamburger run

Po prawie miesięcznej przerwie udało mi się znów trochę pobiegać. Nie był to jakoś specjalnie długi bieg, ledwie niecałe 7km. Ale dla mnie miało to duże znaczenie. Z kilku powodów… W tym tygodniu znów trafiłem do Hamburga. W zeszłym roku byłem tu dobrych parę razy, oczywiście w ramach wyjazdów…

06 October 2014photo story3 min read

2014 Beskidy Ultra Trail report

2014 Beskidy Ultra Trail report

Niestety nie wystartowałem w tegorocznej edycji Beskidy Ultra Trail. I choć złożyło się na to kilka powodów, ostatecznie jestem z tego mimo wszystko zadowolony. Udało mi się za to pojawić z aparatem na trasie wyścigu i zrobić kilka zdjęć uczestnikom. Okazało się to samo w sobie organizacyjnym…

11 May 2014running log1 min read

Tydzień #3 - z Dusiołkiem w tle

Tydzień #3 - z Dusiołkiem w tle

Upłynął już trzeci tydzień. I znów wszystko poszło dobrze. Może nie całkiem zgodnie z planem, bo pozwoliłem sobie na spore odstępstwa, ale za to było ciekawie i intensywnie. Statystyki W planie na ten tydzień było 70 kilometrów. Założenia zostały osiągnięte, ale zamiast 5 treningów zrobiłem cztery…

04 May 2014running log1 min read

Tydzień #2 za nami!

Tydzień #2 za nami!

Siedem dni szybko zleciało. Udało mi się wykonać zgodnie z planem wszystkie 5 treningów i jestem z tego całkiem zadowolony. Zapraszam do krótkiego podsumowania. Statystyki Nabiegałem się trochę, ale zakładałem że nie będzie łatwo. Choć właściwie nie bolało mnie nic, ani nie czułem specjalnego…

27 April 2014running log1 min read

BUT - Tydzień #1, podsumowanie

Co prawda plan treningowy wprowadziłem dopiero od wczoraj, to jednak już dziś wypada koniec pierwszego tygodnia. Nie wypełniłem normy… Miało być prawie 60, wyszło coś około 35 km. Ale rozgrzewka zaliczona. Nie było źle. W sobotę była przyjemna pogoda i udało mi się zaliczyć dłuższy bieg, z całkiem…

26 April 2014Random thoughts1 min read

I run, therefore I live

I run, therefore I live

I wanted to write this since long time. I run to feel alive. I run to be better. I run to connect with myself and with the world. I run because I can. I run to discover what I am capable of. I run to forget. I run to hope. I run to dream.

26 April 2014running log4 min read

Przygotowania do BUT-a czas zacząć

Za 23 tygodnie BUT90 – Beskidy Ultra Trail. To jeszcze nie setka. Ale kolejne wyzwanie. Po ostatnich doświadczeniach z Chudego Wawrzyńca, zamierzam się lepiej przygotować. Od jakiegoś czasu zacząłem więcej biegać, ale nadal brak mi było regularności i celu. Cel się znalazł. Teraz czas na regularność…

01 March 2014running log2 min read

Spring run #1

Spring run #1

Co prawda nie ma jeszcze kalendarzowej wiosny, ale pogoda kwalifikuje ten bieg do kategorii wiosennej. Korzystając z wolnego weekendu postanowiłem wybrać się wreszcie na trochę dłuższe wybieganie. Dłuższe to takie powyżej 10km. Ostatnio jakoś nie było łatwo. Rano zazwyczaj ulegałem przekonaniu, że…

04 January 2014running log6 min read

Running recap of 2013

Running recap of 2013

Since 2010 running has become an important part of my life and I couldn’t imagine myself without it. So, year 2013 has come to an end and I’d like to take a look back on the important events that happened to me during that time. I will also share my thoughts about gear and tools I’ve used. The…

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