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!

Monday, 26 December 2016

A gloomy view to next year

stats of the week: run 51 km, gym 2 h
stats of the previous week: run 43 km, gym 3h

Merry Christmas everybody!

A year of backdrops is approaching its end. Not just personal backdrops like my meniscus surgery and caught of parasites. It is a worldwide backdrop that let me feel how people might have felt during the thirties of the last century. I thought I would be too old to experience another great war but now I am not sure. It's guys like Putin, Erdogan, Trump and others in Britain, Netherlands and not least Germany that lead the world to its end.

Best wishes for 2017!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Wee Improvement

stats of the week: run 41 km, gym 3h

Small steps of improvement. I performed an average pace of 4:51 min/k at our local christmas race. However, it was still a strong fight. Season is over now but I look forward to running in South Africa's sun in 3 weeks.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Forced to be happy

stats of the week: run 27 km, gym 4 h

The "Nikolauslauf" at our neighbour town Herdecke is quite a big event. About 900 runners start beside the river Ruhr and race a lap around lake Hengstey.

My own summary is ambivalent. I know I have to be happy to be able to run a sub 5 min speed for 10 K again just 3 weeks after a long illness. Otherwise it is hard to accept that long known rivals are much faster. At least it is a step forward. I hope to be a few seconds quicker next Sunday when the local Christmas run takes place.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Pacemaker's Cup

stats of the week: run 51km, gym 3h

Looks like a decent week, but it was still low key.

On Sunday it was my 37th appearance at Herten-Bertlich. The race had a big jubilee, it was the 100th edition. I was happy with my formerly poor time of 24:14 on the 5K distance and also happy about my 11th runner-up position.

It was great fun that C got the famous Bertlich winner's cup on her first finish there! If I ever win the ongoing joke will be over.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Building up cautiously

stats of the week: run 22km, gym 3h

Slowly building up the load on the way back to normal. I reckon it will take around 4 or 6 weeks more to get closer to my former level. Keep fingers crossed that things are going well. I entered another familiar race: the Bay to Bay run from Clifton to Hout Bay and back that takes place on Jan 8. In 2014 I did the 15K, now I hope to complete the full distance of 30K.

Bay to Bay run