Race Review 5/2014 – Comrades Ultra Marathon 2014 – 89.2 km – 01.06.2014

It was my 4th Comrades.
 And it was my toughest … In the morning, I woke up 1 minute before the 3:00 am alarm went off, everything looked really good. I felt good, and confident. This year’s Comrades ultra-marathon was a so called “Down Run” from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, 89.2 km in...

Comrades 2014 Expo – 30.05.2014

After some trouble with Hertz rental car, which I am never going to book any more, we made our way to the Comrades 2014 Expo. Before we even got there, we met Olesya & Elena Nurgalieva, the Russian twins, dominating Ultra running for more than a decade. Together they won...

Race Review 4/2014 – Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon 2014 – 56 km – 19.04.2014

The morning looked promising. 17°C and a slight breeze at 3:30 am when the alarm clock woke my wife and I up. I slept surprisingly well, although not really long Unlike in the past, when the evening before a big race was a traditional “carbo loading” evening with pasta, I...

Aquajogging Session 2/2014 – 45 min

It’s amazing how much I enjoy being able to move around in a pool for 45 minutes I’m really glad I wrote in this blog, that I would not run for 1 week (starting 9.4.14) to let my injury heal. Because otherwise I would have started running today again, since...

Session 33/2014 – Organized long Two Oceans training run and an extra loop – 42.7 km – 02.03.2014

Sunday morning, 3:45 am, the alarm clock went off. That’s what runners do… Some 150  - 200 runners followed the invitation of Durbanville Atlantic Club for a beautiful run, preparing for Two Oceans and Comrades. The route included the two major hills of Two Oceans and another hill. We started...

Testo-Training (Testosterone-Training) – If you need some more power… – 25.01.2014

Today I tried it for the first time. I was scared to do it… My training plan suggested a so called “testo-training” after a long training session. Hmm, adding something to a long run? Sounds interesting. Well, the idea is simple. And brutal. But it must be effective. Long story...

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).

Session 92 – 94/2014 + race 7/2014 – Good week with a race – 17.08.2014

This was a good running week with a race on Sunday. The picture was taken on my trail run early in the morning. 2 days after full moon I started running in the clouds and after a few minutes I was above them. Magic! This weeks sessions: 7,7 km /...

Race review 7/2014 – 30 km race with stunning sunrise and whale watching – 30 km – 17.08.2014

Instead of doing a long weekend run on my own, I joined a couple of club mates for a very hilly, early Sunday morning 30 km race. At 4:40 am in the morning we already had 22°C. An extremely warm winter weekend in Cape Town Luckily the race starts and...

Session 90/2014 – Stunning, long trail run along Table Mountain – 20 km – 09.08.2014

The weather forecast was promising. So we arranged a trail run together with our friends Julia & Andrew along the slopes of Table Mountain. My wife, our dog Amy and I started from home to add another some 5 km to this trail run. It turned out to be the...

Session 89/2014 – New Shoe Test Adistar Boost – 11 km – 06.08.2014

For the last few years my main shoe brand is Adidas and their Adistar Salvation. About 2 years ago they introduced their new “Boost”-range. At the same time they stopped selling the Salvation shoes. I wore Salvation because they support the foot, and I need(ed) that due to over pronating...

Sessions 85 – 88/2014 – Adding miles – 03.08.2014

It was a good week runningwise. 4 sessions, including an easy trail run, and a longer run of 26 km. The joke of the week was the conversation with friends regarding my bench accident on the 27th of July, when she said “so, you really set a benchmark” The weekly...