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...

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...

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...

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).

January 2015 – Training on track

This year’s training strategy is way less stressful than last year, where I did many very fast (for me) intervall sessions. I focus more on consistency at a pace of 20 – 45 sec slower than Two Oceans Ultra race pace (which will be 5:10 min/km). January I ran two...

Race Review 1/2015 – Bay 2 Bay – 30 km – 04.01.2015

The Bay 2 Bay 30 km run is always a good start into the year. In contrast to the previous 3 years, where I always aimed for a sub 2h 30 min finish, I changed my approach for this year’s race. Due to the injuries I had in the previous...

2014 – Looking Back to a year of running

Wow, what a year 2014 has been! I completed my 6th consequtive Two Oceans Marathon, my 4th Comrades and my very first trail race, which was the iconic Three Peaks Challenge.   For the first time I ran for a charity (Pink Drive) at Comrades and collected quite some money...

Race Review 9/2014 – Three Peaks Challenge – Peak Three – Part 3 – Finish – 01.11.2014

After the nice break at Green Market Square I felt great running towards Peak Number Three: Lion’s Head. From the refreshment table I took a pack with ‘Coconut Water’. So far I experienced coconut water as a drink in Cuba or on the Bahamas, but not during a run J...

Race Review 9/2014 – Three Peaks Challenge – Part 2 (the accident) – 01.11.2014

Here we go: From the city up to Peak Number Two: Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point of Table Mountain. I took the same route as for the first peak: from Green Market Square to Deer Park and up to Tafelberg Road. Video: Running towards Peak Two (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH0upV83Q_U) Between Deer Park and Tafelberg Road...