Monday, 14 January 2019

Review of Tenerife

stats of the week: run 36 km, gym 3 h

This week I cancelled the 10K race due to bad weather, but did some proper treadmill intervals instead: 6K at 11-12kmh.

Some more impressions of Tenerife:

Start of the New Year's Eve race in La Laguna, an unexpectedly great event.

Pico del Teide, highst mountain of Spain. Walked up in 4 hours, ran down via Pico Viejo in 2 hours.

Main Street, Taganana.

Aerial view of Taganana.

View of Fortaleza while ascending Teide.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Good end, good start

stats of the week: run 38 km, some hill walking
stats of the previous week: run 31 km, gym 2 h

The year ended with a surprising success. At La Laguna on Tenerife a big New Year's Eve race takes place since 36 years. Nearly 3,000 runners met on the historic plaza, there was music and dancing before the perfectly organized race of 5.7 K started at 6pm. We ran two laps through the UNESCO listed old town which was illuminated beautifully. Thousands of spectators lined the route. The great evening was topped by my unexpected age group victory. Out of 11 M65s I actually was the first, clocking a modest 28:23 min.

The new year started promising as I was able to fulfill my schedule for 5 consecutive weeks now. That is a rare achievement for me. Alas, my performance is not yet satisfying.

Monday, 24 December 2018

New schedule has two options

stats of the week: run 39 km, gym 3.5 h
stats of the previous week: run 33 km, gym 2 h
stats of the week before: run 32 km, gym 2 h

I am back to decent training, including two 10K races that were somewhat disappointing. Having clocked around  51:25 min both times, I have to face that I am not able to run a sub 50min 10K any more and I doubt that I will be able to come back next year. However, I will try. I set up a training program for the first quarter 2019 ending with London Marathon in April.

I consulted Joe Friel's book "Fast after 50" once again. May be at bit late at 65 now. The main difference with my new schedule is that I get back to intervals. Two options come with intervals: get injured or get faster.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Great experience, more disappointment

Stats of the week: no sports
Stats of the previous week: some high level trekking
Stats of the week before: run 15 km, gym 1 h

Nepal was more disappointment than fun. I became ill only at the 4th day of scheduled 14 days of trekking. We were forced to turn back and after 7 days we were back at Lukla for an advanced flight back to Kathmandu followed by an advanced flight home. To add more discomfort I catched a severe cold during the homeward journey and still have to wait for a come back to running.

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.