You don’t know the way to Paris yet. “I’ll be thinking about that in the coming months. I have to run a marathon next year to reach the Olympic limit. I don’t know where and when yet, but it will probably be the spring marathon.”
The 29-year-old was dwarfed this spring with a Dutch record of 2.22.51 at the Rotterdam Marathon, and in the summer she became the first Dutch woman to win a marathon medal at the European Athletics Championships. I got bronze in Munich.
It combines road running and trail running, and mountain trail running races. She has already won three classics in the discipline this year and concluded last weekend with an overall win in the five-day World Championship final. Traveled in five stages a total of 105 kilometers and more than 7000 meters in height. Brinkman won the overall classification, best climber award, and best sprinter award.
“The focus is on Paris, but I will continue to run on the road,” says the athlete, who lives and works in Switzerland. “I love doing it, it’s a nice change. Especially if you’ve been focused on the road for a long time and paid a lot of attention to speed, it’s a good idea not to look at how fast you can run and just enjoy the view in the mountains. Besides, it brings me so much; it makes me strong , builds a lot of miles and gives me my head for another marathon block.”
Times are less interesting for Brinkman. “First I want to focus on the Paris Games. Then it seems better not to focus on a super time that you want to run. So I am not interested in improving the Dutch record. I think it will come naturally when it goes well.”
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