Runner Basics


Aad van der Sman




Nieuwegein, Utrecht, Netherlands


Travel Consultant BCD Travel

Number of years running:

more than 20 years

# of races you participate in a year:

The last years I do not run so many races: only 4 to 6 in the year and mostly only in my own region.

Some years ago I run 2 marathons a year for instance New York and Berlin/

 Do you prefer road or trail (and a little a bout why)?

I prefer running the road: for me this is the easiest, just close to door and go.

Run Commuting Gear


 Lightweight running-backpack made from lycra made by  Innovation of Sport and a spibelt: I try to carry as little as possible.

Something about my back-pack: Lycraisstretchy, breathableand weighsalmost nothing. You hardly feel that you carry something. . The backpack has fourstorage compartmentsandleftisa largercompartment. At the frontisalso asmall compartment. I carry in my backpack and spibelt my sandwiches, phone, keys and a small waterbottle.

When I go to my work by bike I carry towels, showergel, dry clothings etc for the next morning with me to the office.



My backback and Spibelt: enough space for keys, sandwiches, phone and a little bottle



I don’t use a special brand. I have Nike, Asics but also cheap clothings from the discounter. Sometime they sell runningstuff, cheap and a rather good quality.

In the winter I wear a long thight and a shirt with long sleeves. Us it is colder I wear thermo-underwear. When it gets warmer I wear a short and a running T-shirt.

This is the shirt I have the best memories.



Since a couple of months a mostly wear a kind of shoe of maybe it is more a slipper: SOCKWA. It is  shoe with a super thin sole. They are zero drop, with the sole being just 1,2 milimeters thick everywhere.



a white and red light
a white and red light




Only when it is extremely cold I wear a woolly hat.



Just 2 bike-lights, one with a white led-light for the front and 1 red light for the back.

A white and red light for only a few euro’s




Just for the long runs in the weekend I use Isostar or AA-drink. I have no drink with me during run commuting.


Anything else that you would like to include?

In case of emergency (ICE) is a program that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, as well as hospital personnel, to contact the next of kin of the owner of a mobile phone to obtain important medical or support information (the phone must be unlocked and working). The phone entry (or entries) should supplement or complement written (such as wallet, bracelet, or necklace) information or indicators.