Monday, 26 May 2014

Tired with locational pain

stats of the week: cycled 300km, gym 2h

Recovering from the marathon load, it was a week of slow cycling though hilly. By now I get the impression that the marathon caused tiredness reached me late by a week. Tendons and muscles do hurt now and prevent me from starting into decent training again. Meanwhile I experienced the very first spill with my race bike and strained my thumb painfully. At least the legs are okay ...

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Not too disappointing

stats of the week: run 61km, cycled 40km, gym 3h

My disappointing time of 4:00:20 placed me 8th of 36 runners in my age group at the local Ruhr Marathon. Sounds still too good to be really disappointed. There were two motivating aspects: First 30K went fairly easy and relaxed, still on 3:49-course. For the final 2K I was able to jog again constantly and to finish strong with a 200m spurt.

When metabolism changed to fat consume at about 33K I got so exhausted that I had to walk several times until 40K. Obviously I had taken too little carbos during the race. Adding to this, race day was the first hot day after a coolish period. But I have to admit that the main reason was my lack of long training runs.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Peak Week

stats of the week: run 59km, cycled 40km, gym 3h

It was a rather tough week, with the 10K race last Sunday, another 5K race on Tuesday, hill training on Thursday and Saturday, followed by a long jog on Sunday.

The photo shows me cautiously running the 5K track race what were the local championships. I thought to win my age group easily without competitors but had to learn that there was a new face almost a minute faster than me. However I appreciate any additional motivation for future starts!

Monday, 5 May 2014

The very last Sub46

stats of the week: run 46km, cycled 168km, gym 5h

Another proper week of exercise,  with the weekend seeing me running a 10K race along the local lakeside. The performance was okay, the result of 45:59 min was probably the last sub 46 10K of my life, so it was kind of a historical day. The (alcohol free) beer was well earned. (thanks to KP for the photo)

It's now two weeks to go until what I call my penalty marathon. After the failure in London I think I have to run a decent marathon and there is a local opportunity at Gelsenkirchen.