Archive for December, 2007

The curtain closes: Grazer Silvesterlauf 2007

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Happy New YearThinking back on how I used to spend New Year’s Eve – heavy drinking that is – this year has seen a change to a completely different approach on how to close the year.
Participating at the Silvesterlauf 2007 in Graz, an 11.4 kilometer run around the Schlossberg (3 rounds á 3.8 ks), was part of my preparation for the Linz marathon on April 13, 2008. The run was quite challenging as there are three steady climbs from the river Mur to the Stadtpark on gravel sideways. Still, the run was great, taking place in bright sunshine. Kudos go out to Georg Ruess, my coach, for his great training plans and his assistance and advice. This performance wouldn’t have been possible without his expertise.

Now we have the official results from the Pentek-timing website:

Total time: 43.26 min; 3:49 min/km; 15.75 km/h; 169 av. HR;

Position: 11 (total runners 166)
Age-Group-Position (30 – 40): 8

1st round (3.8 ks): 14:07 min
2nd round: 14:51 min
3rd round: 14:27 min

Oh, I nearly forgot: HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! Hope to see you soon in 2008…

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Chris’ Best Albums Of 2007

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

DSCF1331.JPG 2007 is nearing its very end, a time to take stock of the last 12 months, to take a closer look. For me it’s been a great year. I managed to take a great leap forward: both in my relationship to Sylvia (Sylvia and I are getting married next June), professionally (giving lectures at the Wifi) and athletically (completing two marathons). But also sonically, 2007 has been an interesting year. Here’s my personal Best Of:

1. Radiohead – In Rainbows
2. Air – Pocket Symphony
3. The National – Boxer
4. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga/Digi
5. The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
6. Interpol – Our Love to Admire
7. Keren Ann – Keren Ann
8. Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight
9. PJ Harvey – White Chalk Limited Sleeve Edition
10. Burial – Untrue

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