Monday, 16 February 2015

Two more seconds

stats of the week: run 56km, indoor cycling 1h, gym 3h

It wasn't really tapering this week as I topped it by a double layer of short races on Sunday. It was my 35th appearance at this event and I always try to win my age group to get one of the much sought-after cups but so far I failed every time.

However, I am still not fast enough to win. Despite I had my personal pace maker I only recorded two more second places.

Surprisingly I was able to run a faster pace and higher heart rate in the 2nd race of 5K after the 7.5K which took place 2 hours earlier.

Photo: The lady to my right tried to overtake me on the 5K home stretch - she is 66 years old!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Studying permitted behavior

stats of the week: run 68km, indoor cycling 1h, gym 3h

It was an extensive week of training, correctly placed according to most marathon schedules at the 3rd week before race day. 2nd week will be less strenuous and the last one relaxing - apart from the 11-h-flight to Japan.

Meanwhile I studied the big Tokyo Marathon Handbook which is really impressive and detailed.

"Forbidden Behavior:
Dressed inappropriately for a sports event or in clothing that is unpleasant to other runners or spectators. Examples:
Being naked or wearing underwear that appears nearly naked. Costumes that suggest nudity."

I reckon a good part of London Marathon participants would be disqualified in Tokyo.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Run and enjoy

stats of the week: run 47km, indoor cycling 2h, gym 3h

According to a Danish study published today jogging does not extend your life if you jog for more than 2.5 hours per week.

Luckily I am not a jogger but a runner. And like most runners I don't run to extend my life but to enjoy it.

However I have to admit my secret goal is to be the London Marathon's oldest runner one year.