Race Report: UTCT 100 km Ultra Trail Cape Town – DNF after 67 km – 10.12.2016 – part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my UTCT 2016 Ultra Trail Cape Town 100 km race report. You can find part number 1 of my UTCT 100 km report here… From Constantia Nek to Llandudno Beach (Aid Station #4, 37.5 km) I was looking forward to a rather downhill part of...

Race Report: UTCT 100 km Ultra Trail Cape Town – DNF after 67 km – 10.12.2016 – part 1

67 km into my first 100 km trail race I called it quits. 11 hours of running along and across Table Mountain came to an end when I reached Groot Constantia, the official Aid Station Number 7. And I felt relieved. But let’s start at the beginning. What is it all...

Race Report: Two Oceans Ultra Marathon 2016 (56 km) – 26.03.2016

My 8th Two Oceans Ultra was on the list, and I felt great. The preparation so far went very good. No injuries, perfect race weight, good mindset. I had covered some 740 km since the 1st of Jan 2016 – and I already trained well in December of 2015. International...

Sleep-running – 50 km training session – 03.03.2016

Two Oceans Ultra is only 23 days away. So far I am quite happy with my progress and fitness level. I’m especially grateful for the fact that I remained injury free and healthy. Fingers crossed for it to stay like this. Usually I run a 50 km training exactly 3 weeks...

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...

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 tips: Preparing for the hills of Two Oceans Ultra Marathon

There are so many stories told about the two major hills at the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon. For both, novices and runners trying to improve their time, they are always a concern. The following article focuses on novices and includes some tips if you can’t train on hills. Let’s look...

Race Report: UTCT 100 km Ultra Trail Cape Town – DNF after 67 km – 10.12.2016 – part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my UTCT 2016 Ultra Trail Cape Town 100 km race report. You can find part number 1 of my UTCT 100 km report here… From Constantia Nek to Llandudno Beach (Aid Station #4, 37.5 km) I was looking forward to a rather downhill part of...

Race Report: UTCT 100 km Ultra Trail Cape Town – DNF after 67 km – 10.12.2016 – part 1

67 km into my first 100 km trail race I called it quits. 11 hours of running along and across Table Mountain came to an end when I reached Groot Constantia, the official Aid Station Number 7. And I felt relieved. But let’s start at the beginning. What is it all...

Am I really serious? – 100 km UTCT Ultratrail Cape Town

I don’t exactly why, but a while ago I entered the 100 km UltraTrail Cape Town, a trail race which is already iconic, even if it’s only 3 years old. And it’s a tough one, 4200 m elevation gain and a cut off time of 17 hours. The only serious...

Race Report: 2016 Comrades Marathon – Down Run – 29.05.2016

After my decision of not running Comrades this year due to the cold I suffered from 2 weeks before the race, I was overwhelmed by the positive reactions from runners and non-runners alike. I also did not expect to hear so many stories from athletes who did non listen to...

No 2016 Comrades for me – Pulling out 5 days before race day

Sunday a week ago (2 weeks before Comrades) I got a sore throat, a few days later it was almost gone, when a dry cough caught me. With medication that’s also almost gone. All the time I believed, I could run Comrades. I took it easy, no exhausting training sessions....