The really last long run before my 2015 Two Oceans Ultra Marathon – 44 km – 22.03.2015

Two weeks before the Two Oceans Ultra I usually do a final long run. After last weeks 53 km training session, my plan for today was a 40+ km run, easy and smooth. It went perfectly, the first 3 hours I ran in the fog, cooling me down wonderfully. For...

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...

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...

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).

The really last long run before my 2015 Two Oceans Ultra Marathon – 44 km – 22.03.2015

Two weeks before the Two Oceans Ultra I usually do a final long run. After last weeks 53 km training session, my plan for today was a 40+ km run, easy and smooth. It went perfectly, the first 3 hours I ran in the fog, cooling me down wonderfully. For...

Want to run with a pace setter / bus? Here’s some advice for the Two Oceans Marathon (and Comrades)

The Two Oceans Marathon organizers asked me to write a blog post regarding running in what in South Africa is called a “bus”. Other call it “pace setter”. The principle is the same: A girl or a guy has a balloon or a flag indicating her or his expected finish...

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....

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...