Archive for October, 2008

A running year in retrospect

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

After having moved from Gabersdorf to Graz in May 2006, it became possible for me to start cultivating a routine of running. Although living in the center of the city, it turned out to be a lot easier for me to run on a regular basis than in Gabersdorf.
In 2007, I ran my first two marathons and in November through Christian Kleineberg, I met Georg Ruess, a champion marathon runner and running coach, who agreed to write my training plans for the next marathons.
With professional plans, the quality and efficiency of my training runs improved in such a way that I was able to boost my marathon record by more than 13 minutes within 6 months. The Linz marathon was not only the first long distance run without break-down on the last 12 km, it was my first marathon in which I was able to increase the speed on the last 7 km, clocking in the 11th fastest time of the whole field between 35 km and 42 km.
My Linz experience provided high motivation for the rest of the year. It turned out that, once again, my body couldn’t keep up with my ambition. Fast and intensive running sessions in May resulted in problems with my achilles tendons which forced me to cancel a half marathon in early June. Our wedding just came at a perfect time in order to give my legs a rest.
I started training for my next marathon in early July and had a good summer. I became 7th in the Römerlauf over 10 ks in July and set a new half marathon record (1:20:16 hrs) in September. The high intensity training at the end of August again affected my achilles tendons and suddenly a big question mark loomed over my next marathon in Graz in October. With the help of my masseur, Leo Winte,r and Dr. Hans Holler, however, I managed to keep those problems in check and was able to start at the Graz marathon well prepared.
The Graz marathon turned out to become the most difficult marathon so far, due to rising temperatures on the second half. Guided and perfectly assisted by Martin Hackl, I managed to complete a marathon, which was hell of a race for many runners, in acceptable 2:54:20 without having to exhaust myself completely. It was a cleverly paced race which saw me at position 64 after 8ks. I completed the first half marathon in 1:25:42 (14,7 km/h, 4:03 min/km) on position 52. After 30 ks (2:03:15, 14,6 km/h, 4:06 min/km) I was 44th. At KM 35, I had advance to position 37 (2:24:20, 14,5 km/h, 4.07 min/km). Also slowing down myself with every kilometer towards the end, my pace was still good, however, in comparison, and thus I kept overtaking runners and finished on position 29 after 42,195 km in 2:54:20 hrs (14,4 km/h, 4:08 min/km).
Also the rest of our team ran great races. Jörg Achten finished on 7th position overall in 2:38 hrs, only 5 runners from Kenia and Ethopia and Erich Kokaly from Villach were faster, thus making him the 2nd fastest runner out of Europe.
Vinzenz Kumpusch surprised with a marvellous run, finishing on 10th position in 2:42 hrs. Vinzenz had been injured all through late July and August, and had not been able to prepare properly for the marathon. In such a light, his performance is exceptional. He seems set for 2:35 hrs and faster in 2009.
Christian Kleineberg, who had had a fantastic year up till then, complemented our team’s strong performance, on position 15 in 2:47 hrs.
Last not least, Klaus Vrisk, the latest addition to our team, ran his first marathon and finished in really good 3:43 hrs.
The overall time of our three fastest runners was 8:07 hrs. Only the African Bushtrekkers Kenya were faster than Jörg, Vinzenz and Christian. This goes to show that as a team we are set to compete with the best teams nationwide. In our next marathon at the Austrian marathon championships in Salzburg we have to confirm our claim and have to prove ourselves in a strong field and a tough, competitive race.


Super run at the Graz Marathon

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

This was an immensly difficult run today. Especially the second half-marathon was tough with temperatures at about 25 °C. Since temperatures at the start were at about 8 °C, all the marathon runners had to cope with a temperature difference of 17 °C, no small challenge for a mid October day.

I finished in 2:54:25 hrs. Overall position 28. AG-35 position 7.


Season’s ending

Friday, October 10th, 2008

My second marathon season is coming to its very end with the Graz Marathon 2008 on Sunday, October 12. It’s been a long year with two marathons and one half marathon. I have set new personal records over both distances so I can – even before the marathon on Sunday – look back at a really successfull year.
But now everything is focused on Sunday. The weatherforecast is good and bad. Good as the weather will be all sunshine and blue skies which will attract a lot of spectators and will add to an exciting run. Bad as the temperatures will be soaring at around 21 to 24° C at noon. Since I feel much more comfortable in the cool, the temperatures will pose another challenge. Still there is nothing to fear. I am very well prepared.
I started to train for the marathon on Monday, 30 June 2008. In the 103 days that have elapsed, I have covered 1,505 kilometers – an average of 100 kilometers per week – and spent 128 hours on the track (average 8:30 hrs/week).
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Graz Marathon 2008

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Graz 2008 will be my fourth marathon. In the 18 month since first taking on the challenge of 42.195 km, I have come quite a long way. 23 minutes and 30 seconds that is. As a matter of fact that was my improvement within 12 months – from 3:16:50 hrs in Vienna in April 2007 to 2:53:20 in Linz in April 2008. (more…)