Monday, 13 May 2019

Official excuse

stats of the week: run 19 km, cycled 181 km, gym 2 h

Some flat cycling in the Netherlands to get fit for the Italian hills!

Next stop: Nove Colli, Cesenatico, that calls itself the "Queen of Gran Fondos". Some 13,000 cyclists gather in the home town of Marco Pantani to tackle 205 km and the famous 9 hills. For me, it is only 4 hills and 130 km. My excuse is that cyclists from 65 years on are not allowed to go for the long distance. However, with 180 km of training so far, I am not really prepared for a full Gran Fondo.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Fading age groupers

stats of the week: run 9 km, indoor cycled 2 h, gym 2 h

I studied the London Marathon results and figured out how the numbers of age group participants develope. The message is more than clear:

M50 2,536
M55 1,400
M60    764
M65    290
M70    160
M75      52
M80      15

This is just to confirm that I have to be very happy still to be part of the running community. My next target is to add another 5 years and to complete a quarter century of London Marathons. Every five years one has to be one of the surviving 50%.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Grateful at 66

stats of the week: rest! recovering!

(photo by Isaak)

I am so grateful for being able to run my 20th consecutive London Marathon at the age of  66! Already before race day I thought about donating based on my finish time. The faster the pace the higher the donation - some special kind of motivation.

I selected a well known charity that I have been supporting several times in recent years. Amani Childrens' Home in Moshi, Tanzania, does a gorgeous job to rescue kids from the streets around  Arusha and Moshi. They deserve any help any of you can afford however small the amount might be.

Amani Childrens' Home     German Friends of Amani

Monday, 29 April 2019

Counting Londons

stats of the week: run 63 km, gym 1 h

London Marathon result: 4:14:37

These 3 guys have 44 London Marathons in the box, while the left of them still has zero.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Getting nervous

stats of the week: run 16 km, hiked 32 km, gym 1h

Compared to recent years I am much more nervous approaching the Big Day. Obviously that is because of my jubilee, the 20th London Marathon in a row. I even let a special t-shirt print for this occasion. I discovered that I have this jubilee in common with David Weir, British wheel chair racer and local hero. Alas, there is one difference: He has won the race eight times. If he wins again I will meet him at the Monday press conference and ask him for a photo of the two jubilees.

The final weeks were below schedule but I still have confidence that enough work is done. However, as always with London Marathon the main target is to finish and put another medal into the box.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Smile whatever the time

stats of the week: run 28 km, gym 2 h
stats of the week before: run 36 km, gym 2 h

The Berlin Halfmarathon brought just what was to be expected. 1:51:26. Not really bad, but no improvement. Wonders seem to happen even more rarely now. I am still 7 minutes slower than 2 years ago on a 21K. Even more, recovering from the race I caught another mild cold, 3rd one this winter.

The only reasonable conclusion is to taper now and have a rest as long as necessary. After all I want to run a marathon next week. A very special one. Number twenty.

Photo Berlin: The finish causes a smile whatever the time.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Too much for my legs and me

stats of the week: run 60 km, gym 1.5 h

It was a decent amount of mileage this week. Alas, it turned out to be too much. At the end of yesterday's long run of 28 km, I was so exhausted I could hardly move any more. The feeling afterwards was like I had run a full marathon distance!

Now the only option is to recover until next Sunday to deliver a proper half marathon in Berlin. However, after yesterday's performance I doubt that I will be fresh enough to have a good race.

Well, I have to admit this bad long run would not have been necessary to prepare for a half marathon. It was scheduled looking at the next target in 4 weeks: The London Marathon.