Monday, 29 April 2019

Counting Londons

stats of the week: run 63 km, gym 1 h

London Marathon result: 4:14:37

These 3 guys have 44 London Marathons in the box, while the left of them still has zero.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Getting nervous

stats of the week: run 16 km, hiked 32 km, gym 1h

Compared to recent years I am much more nervous approaching the Big Day. Obviously that is because of my jubilee, the 20th London Marathon in a row. I even let a special t-shirt print for this occasion. I discovered that I have this jubilee in common with David Weir, British wheel chair racer and local hero. Alas, there is one difference: He has won the race eight times. If he wins again I will meet him at the Monday press conference and ask him for a photo of the two jubilees.

The final weeks were below schedule but I still have confidence that enough work is done. However, as always with London Marathon the main target is to finish and put another medal into the box.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Smile whatever the time

stats of the week: run 28 km, gym 2 h
stats of the week before: run 36 km, gym 2 h

The Berlin Halfmarathon brought just what was to be expected. 1:51:26. Not really bad, but no improvement. Wonders seem to happen even more rarely now. I am still 7 minutes slower than 2 years ago on a 21K. Even more, recovering from the race I caught another mild cold, 3rd one this winter.

The only reasonable conclusion is to taper now and have a rest as long as necessary. After all I want to run a marathon next week. A very special one. Number twenty.

Photo Berlin: The finish causes a smile whatever the time.