Saturday, 29 April 2006

My (short) story of success

Marathon race balance target 3:40 - run 3:40:59

Please kindly accept my apology for being that late again with updating the English version.

There was quite a lot of update work after coming home from the London weekend. I also run a fairly popular website for local runners. Everybody wants to see the weekend's results as soon as possible and everybody is used to find it on Well, I don't want to conceal that I am more than somewhat proud of it. The best outcome this work produces is that I got to know a lot of nice and friendly people. I have to admit when I take part in a local race there are always runners greeting me and I should know who they are but I don't. It can get really embarrassing sometimes. I could not remember names very well even when I was younger but nowadays I am a hopeless case. What I wanted to say - to update the local part of the website was urgent. Then it was the German report on the London Marathon. Which is available at Bildbericht (English version still to come, tomorrow I promise). And there is also the usual persoenlicher Kurzbericht (just in German). Finally there is the photo gallery.

No question - as you see I was really satisfied with my race. I accurately reached my target albeit the training runs didn't come up to the schedule I designed to run 3:40. I just tried to keep the pace as long as possible and I was lucky to pick up a good day. I think it helped a lot that I relaxed during the final fortnight before the marathon so I felt rested on race morning.

It was not just the race - the whole of the London weekend was a happy story. All the members of our travel group seemed to enjoy their time and I got nothing else than positive and friendly feedback - many thanks for this. On Monday I experienced another highlight when attending the official press conference. Without proper accreditation I have to admit. There was a big sign warning "no public entry" but if anybody is authorized to walk in isn't it the unknown German internet journalist who runs

This is the way David Bedford looks when Felix Limo is saying:
"I havn't got the money yet."

To read more about race day I sincerely recommend to visit Sabine's blog which will take you right into the mid of the runners and their feelings.

In recent years I always closed my blog after race day. This time I think about continuing it. To do it both in German and English would be too much effort on the long run I presume. So I have to decide about the language to choose. I think I will prefer English cos I find it sort of easier to express personal feelings in a foreign language. It keeps a distance to one's own thoughts. And some people close to me in daily life will not be able to read it which can help.

So watch this space - life goes on after the marathon. Or should I say between the London Marathons?

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