Race Review: Red Hill Marathon (42.2 km) – 23.01.2016

The Red Hill Marathon is not only a very scenic and beautiful marathon, it’s also a perfect preparation for the Two Oceans Ultra as well as for Comrades. The profile is similar to Oceans, maybe even a bit more difficult with the long uphill section which I find harder to...

Race Review: 2015 Oystercatcher Trail Race (2 stage race, 20 km + 16 km)

For the first time my wife and I attended a multi stage trail race. And the icing on the cake was the chance to run together with our beloved Magyar Vizsla Amy (3 years old). We focus on enjoying the run, instead of racing it. Therefore pace and time was...

Race Review – Comrades Ultra Marathon, Up Run – 87.78 km – 31.05.2015

“If I don’t finish in less than 9 hours, it won’t be because I am not fit enough, but because I am mentally holding myself back from running fast enough” were my words to my wife at dinner the evening before the race. I kept them in my mind all the...

Race Review Two Oceans Ultra Marathon 2015 (56 km) – 04.04.2015

Number 7, I can’t believe that this is the already the seventh time I take part in the most beautiful marathon in the world. This year I was happy and lucky during my preparation – no injuries, no illness, and a new training strategy I felt very confident with. The...

53 km training run before Two Oceans Ultra Marathon 2015 – 15.03.2015

Thanks to Atlantic Athletic Club, the running club I belong to, for once again organizing a fantastic “Nek 2 Nek” training run, 3 weeks before the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon 2015. The distance was calculated with 47 km, but I always like to do one 50 km run before Oceans....

Race Review 9/2014 – Three Peaks Challenge – Part 1 – 01.11.2014

It was my very first trail race ever. It’s one of the most iconic races in South Africa. Not a bad first trail race. Maybe like learning to scuba dive on the Maledives I knew I was not trained enough to go for a really good time and rather take it as...

Before 2007, I truly believed running a Marathon is unhealthy and crazy...

Now I run Marathons as training runs to prepare for Ultra Marathon races. "What is an Ultra Marathon?" you ask? Good question! It's everything beyond the marathon mark of 42.2. km (26.2 miles). So far my longest distance covered are 89 km (56 miles).

Training Log January 2016 – Full steam ahead for Two Oceans Ultra and Comrades 2016

What a great month January 2016 was. Training was often quite hard due to multiple heatwaves moving through Cape Town with morning (5:00 am) temperatures of 20°C and higher. My January 2016 training plan: Run at least one 30+ km run per week, add some pace sessions and a few...

Race Review: Red Hill Marathon (42.2 km) – 23.01.2016

The Red Hill Marathon is not only a very scenic and beautiful marathon, it’s also a perfect preparation for the Two Oceans Ultra as well as for Comrades. The profile is similar to Oceans, maybe even a bit more difficult with the long uphill section which I find harder to...

Gym exercise for runners: Deadlift

Which exercises should a runner perform when he or she goes to the gym? The major focus of gym work for runners has to be core strength. Yes, working on the back and the abs doing funny exercises we don’t want to do and instead go running. But a strong core...

Perfect customer service by Hydrapak (for Salomon)

In November 2015 I upgraded my running backpack from an older Salomon backpack to the most recent one, a Salomon S-Lab ADV Skin3 12 Set. An ultra lightweight backpack in the shape of a running vest. I loved the old version and I’m even more satisfied with the new one....

Speed work – first track training ever

Being a member of AAC Atlantic Athletic Club does not only get you in touch with amazing running mates. It also gives you the opportunity to train on a state of the art track in the most beautiful city in the world. It’s been my very first time on an...

Race Review: 2015 Oystercatcher Trail Race (2 stage race, 20 km + 16 km)

For the first time my wife and I attended a multi stage trail race. And the icing on the cake was the chance to run together with our beloved Magyar Vizsla Amy (3 years old). We focus on enjoying the run, instead of racing it. Therefore pace and time was...