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Goals 2019: State after November

2nd of December

Cold cold Sülldorfer Feldmark-Marathon

19th of November

Looking through the list of marathon races during Germany’s colder months you won’t find much. But a few races you can always count on are the ones organized by members of the notorious German 100 Marathon Club

After all, they somehow all made it to 100+ marathons by running marathons. If there aren’t any, you’ll have to make them yourself. 

Hans Joachim Meyer used to be the first chairman of Germany’s 100 Marathon Club
Hans Joachim Meyer used to be the first chairman of Germany’s 100 Marathon Club

This man has not only exceeded the 100 marathons in his lifetime, but even 1,000.

1,618 is his current and probably final marathon count as he has given up the running at age 78, which was a few years ago. Now, he still makes marathons happen for others. That’s someone to look up to. 

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Ultra Steinhart 666 😈

19th of November

To be honest, I just signed up for this race because I thought the name of it is just great.

Also, getting through the cold winter months of northern Germany comes a lot easier to me when I have a bunch of long distance races to look forward to. 

After having reached basically all the goals I’ve set for 2019, this counts as bonus. Frankfurt marathon two weeks ago went well enough to make me feel successful, so I was looking forward to having a race after that training phase. Now I can just run as I feel like, with no imposed restrictions because of the training plan.

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Frankfurt Marathon: Trying for a new Personal Best

9th of November

I have done 59 full marathon or ultramarathon races so far. Not for a single one of them have I ever properly trained. Until now. 

You might have read one of my recent posts about my first ever coordinated training effort, following the Peter Greif method, “Countdown: 8 Weeks to Your Personal Best”. The bug had bitten me, I finally wanted to be faster in a marathon. My previous personal best, which happened by accident, was a solid 3:26 hours at Hamburg Marathon 2017. The goal I chose and thought to be realistic for this try, is 3:15 hours.

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Goals 2019: State after October

1st of November

Hardcore Marathon Training with Peter Greif’s Countdown Plan

29th of October

This highly motivated dude is responsible for a myriad of personal records by hundreds of his trainees.
This highly motivated dude is responsible for a myriad of personal records by hundreds of his trainees.

I’ve been running marathons for about 10 years now but I have never before followed a plan or had a coach. Of course I talked to many experienced people and asked their advice or simply inquired about their own methods, but for myself I’ve always preferred just basic, unplanned running without any external measures. 

I made it quite far with this non-technique – to a 3:26 hour marathon and 1:34 hour half marathon. Just by training at the natural speed my body allowed me to go at, never over-exhausting myself. Recreational running, as it’s called. At some point, though, that turned out to not be enough for me anymore.

It has become time for an experiment. Training.

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Heidelberg Long Distance Trail

13th of October

This was a fun one!

I can’t remember how I found out about the race, but apparently the Heidelberg Trail Marathon is quite a well-known and loved race in Germany. That might be due to the popularity the city enjoys among international tourists, mainly Americans and Eastern Asians, but probably also due to the tough nature of the race. At 1,500 meters of elevation gain it’s no joke. 

For 2019, the team had come up with an additional event in order to make it even harder. 50 kilometers instead of 42.195, and 2,000 meters of elevation gain total. When I saw that, I signed up.

And decided to buy new trail running shoes.
And decided to buy new trail running shoes.

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Goals 2019: State after September

13th of October

Review the original post, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August here.

The trend continues, September worked out very well regarding my monthly goals. 

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Marathon Win in Rauchwart

2nd of October

Training works!

Spoiler alert
Spoiler alert

I came to southeastern Austria to run a marathon in 2016, 2018, and now in 2019. The event creator Jürgen Penthor, his family, and some friends of his have become friends of mine as well. It’s lovely to have this unlikely connection to the tiny village of Rauchwart, not far from the Hungarian border. 

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Yours Truly in Runner’s World Magazine

25th of September

Double sided article about my EU marathons
Double sided article about my EU marathons

So yeah, this has been fun! I’ve made it into Runner’s World Germany magazine with my 28 EU marathons, which you might remember from this website: teesches-marathons.eu.  

How did this happen?

About two years ago I wanted to promote my little side company HoneyPower, an online shop for natural and honey-based power gel. So I wrote to the Runner’s World people and they kindly published a little test of the product, free of charge. 

In the process I mentioned my EU marathon project, which they found interesting and then, a few months ago, contacted me about it again. 

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