Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Still tired

stats of the week: run 26 km, cycled 154 km, gym 3 h

Still feeling tired and especially my running performance is dreadfully low. May be running half ill during several weeks takes its toll now.

There is not only a Boxhill in England (part of the London Ride). This is Boxberg in the heart of Germany, east of Cologne.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Heading for next challenge

stats of the week: run 8 km, cycled 236 km, gym 2 h

It's cycling season now and I am surprised that the legs don't hesitate to rotate again. The season on the bike will be short this year because after only two bike races there are more interesting runs waiting. And I am looking forward to these events.

However, next challenge is no less than Mont Ventoux!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

65 and happy

London time: 4:46:53
Boston time: 4:32:48

I'm not certain about how to judge my double marathon week. Of course I'm happy that I was able to finish both runs.

In Boston happened what I planned to avoid absolutely. But due to the cold and wet weather the muscle pain was the worst ever I had after any marathon. Therefore it was very hard work to complete another marathon after only six days. In London I was able to run painfully for the first 30 km but then the muscles had their own finish. I walked nearly all of the remaining 12 km. So I got my medals and should be happy with this result.

The main finding of my races this year is that I am no longer able to run a sub 4 hours marathon. However, in London there were only 437 men of 65 years and older among more than 40,000 runners. I was one of them. That is why I am really happy.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

London celebrations

stats of the week: cycled 36 km, gym 1.5 h
stats of Boston-London week: run 84 km
stats of before Boston week: run 23 km

London winners 2018: The world's best ever marathon runner, Eliud Kipchoge, and perhaps the new dominat champion, Vivian Cheruiyot, who became the 4th fastest women ever at her only 2nd marathon.

The World Major Marathon winners 2018, Eliud of course, Mary Keitany, Manuela Schär and Marcel Hug of Switzerland. Eliud has collected 7 majors wins and an Olympic marathon gold medal, Mary has 6 major wins too.

The six world major marathons' race directors line up before Tower Bridge.

All four 2018 London Marathon winners: Vivian and Eliud together with David Weir (UK) and Madison De Rosario (US). David celebrated his 8th London win!

Some less known but equally happy London finishers:

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Final Countdown

stats of the week: run 49 km, cycled 131 km

I fulfilled my schedule to run 100K during the 11 days on Lanzarote. Together with 240K of hilly cycling it makes a decent holiday. I don't think I could do more for the final countdown to the Boston-London double.

It may help that I have to start at the very end of the 25,000 pack in Hopkinton. This will prevent me from beginning to fast. My plan is to keep a 6:30 min/K pace to avoid too much load to the muscles.

Scenes of Lanzarote:

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Long jog done

stats of the week: run 55 km, cycled 109 km, gym 2 h

We are lucky with the weather on Lanzarote and conditions are perfect for cycling and running. Managed to complete the long jog but only with two short walks at 25 and 27 km. Cannot really imagine to finish a marathon in two weeks. However, experience teaches that you can do more than you think. So I stick to my plans doing the double of Boston and London. There is no plan B.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Last hope for the April double

stats of the week: run 13 km, gym 3 h

Still no proper training. The muscels had to recover from the load of last Sunday. Now all my hope weighs on the 11 days I will spend on the Canarian island of Lanzarote from tomorrow on. Plans are to run around 100 K during this period with some easy cycling in between. My very last chance to get prepared for the Boston-London double!