Monday, 29 April 2013

The 14th

London Marathon time: 3:58:11

A happy runner half time ...

and so it was at the finish.

It was one my best Londons as I was able to run two equal halves that just differed by 13 seconds. Conditions were perfect and crowds better than ever. The day was too great to run slow. The load let me rest for a whole week now but I still hope to get ready for the longer one.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Greetings from Hyde Park

stats of the week: run 30km, cycled 93km, gym 2h

The view from Lancaster Hotel room

Hope everyone coming for the marathon had a good journey. Weather is perfect for a PB, 13°c, cloudy with patches, no rain, wind calming down.

London Marathon organizers have decided to donate 2 GBP per finisher on Sunday which makes up more than 100,000 $ going to the victims of the Boston attack. Every runner will be provided with a black ribbon to be worn during the marathon in memory of the victims. There will be also be a minute of silence prior to the start.

Regarding my personal preparation there are no good news. The Achilles tendon problem still continues and my only target is to finish the Marathon without any significant worsening.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Cycling Adventure

stats of 2 weeks: 700km slow cycling, run 25km

Cycling Cuba was more of an adventure than we expected. People even more friendly and helpful than hoped, vegetarian eating sometimes limited, roads very different, shops empty but guarded, accommodation very close to local way of living. Didn't smoke cigars, but had some cocktails ...

The come back now is almost pain free but London has to be tackled without long training runs. I have to admit I have never tried a marathon with such a bad preparation.