Sunday, 12 March 2017

Most exciting day of running

stats of the week: run 53 km, indoor cycled 50 min, gym 2 h
stats of the previous week: run 16 km
Kilimanjaro Marathon: 4:59:25 h

Kilimanjaro Marathon photos:

five boys sponsored by Germany were keen to run the half marathon


Fast runners equipped with shoes from Witten may be even faster soon


interAir clients meet at marathon starts all over the world.
Gerald is a rare runner having done all 6 majors within one year.


The start at 6.30 am


Roads are strictly closed for traffic. Runners only. Note that these boys run just for the fun of it without bib.


This brave lady didn't get any shoes from Witten unfortunately. She finished the marathon!


Comfortable tables!


Youngsters were excited to run with us.


Green scenery below snowcapped mountain.


Kilimanjaro Marathon was my number 48, but the most exciting so far.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Adventure preparations

stats of the week: run 51 km, indoor cycled 1h, gym 2h

Preparations are finished now after having done a second 30K long run, this time divided into 8K warm up jog and a mid speed half marathon.


Thanks to all the local runners who contributed to this selection of running shoes (there are even more meanwhile) that will go to Tanzania and hopefully work for lots of more kilometers.



At first our view now goes to the top of Kilimanjaro itself. I opimistically chose the most strenous route via Umbwe and Western Breach to go to the top. We'll see how far we'll get. We are supported by a staff team of 12 people but I feel it is still an adventure.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

My Role Model

stats of the week: run 46 km, indoor cycled 1 h, gym 2 h

2 years ago Paul Freedman ran his 24th London Marathon.




A few days ago he passed away. How could an athlete die after he was fit enough to finish a marathon? Well, Paul was in his nineties what should partly explain.

Many thanks to Paul who was an inspiration to many. And a paragon for me. At my age I am regarded by most as an elderly senior. But I still have dreams. For example I still aim to climb Aconcagua. However, my most secret dream is to be the oldest London Marathon runner one time in my (!) future. That is what Paul Freedman was. He is my ideal.

   Paul Freedman at West Ham

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Half fit is top ready

stats of the week: run 34 km, indoor cycled 2 h, gym 2 h

Artificial high level training seems to show first impacts. But I am not happy with the mileage. Reason is a light knee problem that keeps me being cautious.

My motto still is "better get half fit to the start line that get injured top fit".
The beer will taste best after the finish.


Monday, 23 January 2017

By the way another target

stats of the week: run 45 km, indoor cycling 1,5 h, gym 1 h

After the first week of exercise I cannot yet evaluate if the indoor high altitude training has any impact. However, I feel comfortable, heart rate is significantly low and oxygen saturation is just perfect. The main task is to stay healthy until the journey to Tanzania starts.

By the way I accidentally discovered that this year I could be able to qualify for Boston. The 2018's marathon day is just after my 65th birthday so qualifying times for M65 count for me. That is 4:10 h and it counts already in 2017 when I am 64. It should be possible to beat the time in London. Okay, another target!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Preparing for next challenge

stats of the week: run 15 km, cycled 118 km

Back to wintry Germany we have now not only to get used to minus degrees but also to get prepared for climbing Kilimanjaro. Luckily there is a high altitude gym room in our town available where we hope to get ready for our next challenge.

Four weeks to go to the climb and 5 weeks to get to the start line of the Kilimanjaro marathon. I am already excited.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Promising moves into new year

stats of the week: run 61 km, cycled 73 km
stats of the previous week: run 27 km, cycled 78 km



On New Year's Eve we took part in the Runner's Memorial Race at Green Point, Cape Town. It's not only a farewell to the gone year but also to all the runners who passed away during the year. Their names are announced before the start.

Also announced were two runners from Witten, Germany, although still alive. By the way, two years ago German female runner "Mocki" won the race in front of all men!

Not yet acclimatised we had to be careful and got around the 8 km distance safely. My time: 40 minutes. 



Today, one week later, things got more serious. The bay to bay run from Camps Bay to Hout Bay and back is a very popular race with nearly 4,000 participants. C set a tremendous PB on the 15 K distance and I ran a proper 30 K race on this hilly hilly course finishing strong after 2:52 h. What a wonderful start into 2017!