Tuesday, 25 April 2017

London flop

stats of the week: run 71 km
London Marathon result: 4:17:18

The 37th London Marathon was a big success - not for me but for the organizers. The day produced a record field of more than 39,400 runners and a new women-only world record. Mary Keitany finished a truely brave race after 2:17:01. Even Paula Radcliffe was faster only once and that was with the help of male pacemakers.

Favourite Kenenisa Bekele was not able to fulfil expectations. Midrace he faced problems and fell behind. But he recovered and chased the leading Daniel Wanjiru who strongly defended 9 seconds and made it home first.

For me the story was not top but flop. I tried to be brave and kept to the schedule until 30 km. Then all my power was gone and I had to walk several stretches that made nearly half the way to the finish. I knew I couldn't make it within Boston qualification and preferred to reach the finish line in good health. 5 or 10 years ago I was able to run properly without proper training but nowadays at 64 things obviously are different. For my 50th marathon I hope to be prepared better.

(photos by Isaak Papadopolus / interair.de)









Monday, 17 April 2017

Top or flop

stats of the week: run 10 km, cycled 205 km

The cold turned out to be persistent and still kept me off running. I hoped the mild temperatures of Majorca would be helpful but they failed to do so. At least I could do some short road cycling tours that I highly enjoyed.



With a desperate attempt to get ready for London I completed a very slow jog of 2 hours today. A total of 45 km during the recent 3 weeks can't be sold as a suitable workload. I I feel nearly recovered next Sunday I will nevertheless try to beat 4 hours. Top or flop. When I have to admit that I am getting too slow than time will be of no relevance and I will have a relaxed walk to the finish.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Disappointing schedule

stats of the week: run 8 km, cycled 150 km, gym 4 h

With 2 weeks to go to London long runs are still missing in my schedule. The strained muscle has recovered but now I have catched a bad cold that keeps me off serious running.

At least I was able to cycle during the meanwhile stay on Majorca. There is no better place in Europe to enjoy road cycling than on this Spanish island. Roads are scenic and well-kept, car drivers are more considerate than anywhere else.

However, my thoughts are about running now. Boston qualification should be impossible now after failing to do the decisive long runs to prepare.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Toll of the test

stats of the week: run 9 km, cycled 150 km, indoor cycled 1 h, gym 2h

The half marathon takes its toll now and sends me back with a strained muscle. I tried to do some cycling instead but finally found it not helpful for the process of recovering.

18 days to London.

At least I made a sort of come back today with 2.5 km on the treadmill.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Successful test

stats of the week: run 47 km, gym 2 h

Less than 4 weeks to go to London. My personal target is to qualify for Boston 2018. That means to finish within 4:10 h at least. To make sure to get in I aim to run sub 4 h.

Indeed a sub 4 h marathon would also qualify for London 2018 as I will be 65 next year. I would love to start from the Green Start for the first time. London's Good For Age entries are for British residents only. Moving to Brexit UK to qualify for a marathon sounds silly but it is an option ...



The half marathon in Venlo was my test if sub 4 in a marathon is a realistic target. My time of 1:44:43 suggests that it should be possible if conditions are suitable.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Wintry New York

stats of the week: run 48 km, gym 3 h

Last weekend I saw New York City in a different state than the years before. It was pure delight to run through Central Park in wintry conditions.

Watching the New York City Half Marathon was a new experience, too. It is an event with around 20,000 participants, more than half of them female! As usual with NY Road Runners, it is perfectly organized and worth the visit. It offers the unique opportunity to run across Times Square with a finish downtown at Battery Park. 



Feyise Lilesa of Ethiopia, after 10 km patiently waiting in 3rd position, won the race in 1:00:04 h.


Unfortunately I couldn't take part but would love to do it one year.


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!