Sunday, 11 November 2018

A race with a smile

stats of the week: run 11 km, gym 3 h
stats of the previous week: run 56 km (NYC marathon 4:26)

This photo was taken at mile 14, later on I looked different.


I had a surprisingly short day at the NYC marathon. Our bus arrived at Fort Wadsworth late at 8am so I had to wait not very long to my second wave blue start at 10.15am. Then I was happy to be able to run properly until 35 km before I had to walk several times to reach the finish. 4 minutes slower than last year what I regard as the usual age decline. The medical supervisors unfortunately ignored me so I went straight on to the subway station and was back in the hotel at 4pm proudly looking at my medal.

Some Manhattan views:








Saturday, 3 November 2018

New York no 11

stats of the week: run 13 km, walked a lot

As it was the case so often I am barely prepared to run 26 miles. I will have to start modestly and humbly, and hopefully I will reach the finish line in a represantable shape.



 





Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Count down to big events

stats of the week: run 37 km
stats of the week before: run 43 km, gym 2 h

To prepare for a high level hiking holiday in Nepal I started some artificial altitude training. In my small home town is a fitness hall available that simulates an altitude of 2,000 m.a.s.l. where you can do endurance and strength exercise.

However, before the hiking comes the marathon. In a desperate thought of final preparation I took part in a local hill race of 23 K and 500 altitude meters. That turned out to be fine. I was able to run every ascent and finished in the middle of the pack.

Travelling is not the perfect way of preparation for a marathon but luckily I managed to do some running around watching the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington. It is a big event with some 20,000 finishers, also called the People's Marathon, as there are no high prize moneys.






Count down is now clocking to my 11th New York City Marathon on Sunday.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Failed preparation

stats of the week: run 15 km, gym 3 h
stats of the week before: gym 1 h
stats of the week before: run 25 km, cycled 260 km

Had a decent week of training with glorious weather on Majorca.

Col des Reis

Climbing Sa Calobra Road

However, this didn't help me a lot as I came back home with a stomach infection that struck me down for nearly a week. Trying to jog again I obviously had lost too many minerals during this week. My left calf muscle cramped after only 4 km of very easy jogging and it stayed tight for another 3 days. 

Now time gets short to get prepared for the New York City Marathon. Only 3 weeks left and no long jog completed so far. I think about adapted tactics. Some walking right from the beginning may let me get through the 26 miles.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Modest happiness

stats of the week: run 38 km, cycled 58 km, gym 4 h

Looks like a decent week of exercise. So it was. I took part in a local charity run where my intention was to test my projected half marathon speed of 5:10-5:15 min/K. No surprise I started faster than planned, sub 5 min, but managed to keep the 5:00 min/k pace right to the end of the 10.8 K race. That is a kind of performance I hope to develop. I am fairly happy that I obviously can still finish 10 K just under 50 min. However, that means that I lost nearly 3 min within 2 years.

 Don't worry this is my regular finish face:

Seconds later a smile is possible.




Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Planless

stats of the week: run 26 km, cycled 62 km, gym 3 h

I know I should be happy about my ability to run at the age of 65, alas I am not really happy with my performance. I think I have to get out the training book of Joe Friel again: Fast and fit at 50+.
It's somewhat crazy that I create training schedules for friends but do not train by a plan myself.

There are things that should be changed. My first try is to drink less alcohol. Red wine is reduced to weekends now.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Travel time

stats of the week: run 51 km
stats of the week before: run 50 km, hiked 20 h
stats of the week before: run 21 km, cycled 90 km


The Achensee Run was not bad, but also not convincingly good. For the 23 km with some tricky trail parts I clocked 2:16 h, what was exactly 15 min slower than 15 years ago. My ranking was a disappointing 6th place in my age group. I don't know how other guys manage to be that fast.

Well, a week of hiking in the Dolomites might not have been the best preparation possible. But I enjoyed the mountains. This area around the "3 Zinnen" is absolutely breathtaking.

Pragser Wildsee

Surrounding Seekofel

3 Zinnen

Finally I enjoyed the Medoc Marathon at Pauillac in France, a festival for all friends of red wine. Imagine, there are 22 stops en route to taste the products of the famous Bordeaux chateaux.


Nearly all 8,000 participants are costumed. Not alone 22 tasting stops, at the finish you receive another bottle of red wine. After 5:18:55 h we were placed at the front of the pack because most runners use the time limit of 6:30 to make the most of their day.