Sunday, 21 February 2016

Slow but painless

stats of the week: run 37km, gym 4h
9 weeks to London

The week's mileage looks promising, but folks - I was moving so slowly! Anyway at least I have been moving. The knee is working. What is most important. In London I will move slowly, too. I guess if I will finish it will be a time between 4:30 and 5:00 hours. Injury makes you being modest. So does age.

London is a perfect marathon to move slowly. A 5h-finisher still knows around 10,000 runners behind!

Monday, 15 February 2016

Come back feeling

stats of the week: run 32km, gym 5h
10 weeks to London

Not yet a real come back. But certainly it feels good to be part of the pack again. Best news is that the knee didn't hurt. After more than 2 months I should be happy with the pace at my first 10K sort of race. More important is to extend the mileage now.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Run Walk Run to Finish

stats of the week: run 22km, gym 7h

11 weeks to London.

The London Marathon awaits its 1millionth runner since the first race in 1981. Everybody who has taken part can buy their personal shirt showing their historic number. I would be happy to get one shirt with all my 16 numbers but that's not availabe. I would have to order 16 shirts. Unfortunately they don't print your time. Otherwise I'd buy my 2004 one with my PB of 3:21:48.

Plans now are to increase the weekly mileage slowly up to 40 to 50 km and complete at least 3 runs with more than 20 km including the Berlin Halfmarathon. To finish London with a rather low preparation I think about using Jeff Galloway's Run Walk Run method. Jeff says his method allows "older runners to feel as good as in their younger days". That's it!

Monday, 1 February 2016

First doubts

stats of the week: run 7km, gym 5h

12 weeks to go to London. And I have not just a recently repaired meniscus and patella but also a seriously strained calf and caught a naughty little virus. First doubts develop ... Luckily cut off time is 8 hours.

A step further forward with his training is Arne Gabius I hope. I am excited the German marathon record holder will run London. A top ten finish would be a great success.

Official announcement:

Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 elite men and personal bests:
  • Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 2:04:00
  • Dennis Kimetto (KEN) 2:02:57
  • Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:03:23
  • Endeshaw Negesse (ETH) 2:04:52
  • Stanley Biwott (KEN) 2:04:55
  • Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:05:04
  • Tilahun Regassa (ETH) 2:05:27
  • Abera Kuma (ETH) 2:05:56
  • Samuel Tsegay (ERI) 2:07:28
  • Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERI) 2:07:47
  • Amanuel Mesel (ERI) 2:08:17
  • Serhiy Lebid (UKR) 2:08:32
  • Arne Gabius (GER) 2:08:33