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A 100 Kilometer Run Around Hamburg
10th of June
Running continuously for one hundred kilometers in one day. What will you learn?
The First Try
Initially, my plan was to conquer this distance during last year’s MegaMarsch Hamburg (7th of April, 2018), which is meant to be a hike of 100 kilometers. 100 kilometers, a nice and round number, but also one that makes you afraid. Me, at least. I’ve enjoyed hiking usually, but haven’t got the chance to in recent years much. So the MegaMarsch was doomed. I started optimistically, but after just 17 kilometers, my feet had developed such painful blisters, I called it quits. Funnily enough, I ran lots of marathons in those same shoes, blister-free.
But apparently, running ain’t hiking.
Just Once: Elbtunnel Marathon 2019
3rd of June
It’s rare you get a chance to do something you wanted to do for years but never could and had already given up hope on. This is one of those times.
I don’t remember when I first heard about the existence of this race – The Elbtunnel Marathon in Hamburg’s first tunnel underneath Elbe which was built in 1911. It must have been around 10 years ago and I remember thinking a race like this is crazy. How could this possibly be fun? Since then, I first started to enjoy running and then went on to collect 52 marathon and ultramarathon finishes.
Goals 2019: State after May
2nd of June
For me, it was a crappy month, unfortunately. After ending our awesome trip to the other end of the world, we came back into our home country to bad weather for weeks. This has an impact on me that I am barely able to shake off. Also, the end of what was probably the best four months of my life to date put me into a sad state of mind. Motivation for several things went out the window.
SodaStream Schlepp-WM – Running up a Skyscraper
21st of May
Time to try something new!
A couple weeks ago I first heard about this inaugural event, the so-called “Schlepp-WM”, a “carrying world championship”. Sounds promising, what is it exactly?
There’s a company called SodaStream, which produces devices with which you’re able to drive CO2 into your home’s tab water. Simple. Also, genius. This kills the need to buy and carry bottled water if the flat tab water is too boring for you. We own one and love it.
A marketing agency now came up with a promo event idea for this company. The idea is to have whoever is stupid enough carry 12 liters of plastic bottled water up a skyscraper. Fastest one wins.
Hamburg Marathon 2019
2nd of May
Back in Hamburg!
Three and a half months of being on the other side of the world are over. My hometown has me back. What better way to celebrate than to run the official Hamburg Marathon?
Also, it helps in combating a 10 hour jetlag and the 45 hour journey home from Auckland, New Zealand. One night of rocky sleep in my own bed, and it was time for a trip to the city center to collect the starter’s bag.
Goals 2019: State after April
2nd of May
1. Goal: 1 Marathon per Month. Result: 1 Marathon.
✅ Just two nights after coming back from our 3.5 month trip to New Zealand, I ran the Hamburg Marathon – my home race. I’ve done it many times and it’s very special to me. This time, the 10 degrees and rainy weather made me feel right back at home, but also probably added 5 minutes to my finishing time. 3:36 hours is still my best result in a long time. The day after the race I signed up for Hamburg 2020 – it’s just a must for me!
Goals 2019: State after March
1st of April
The DUAL: Motutapu / Rangitoto Traverse Marathon
27th of March
This marathon concludes my New Zealand marathon adventure and new personal record attempt of completing four marathons in three weeks.
Traveling Long Distances with Children
21st of March
I have four daughters. They are lovely and require lots of attention. No surprise here. Although I try to be a very involved father and probably spend more time with them than most fathers because of my unusual work schedule, I don’t feel qualified to throw around parenting advice like nothing.
Except in one area. Traveling.
We, as a family, go on holidays quite a lot. There were my 28 EU capital marathons during the last seven years, there is our family connection in South Africa and there’s our strong bond to the country of New Zealand and a few certain special people down there.
Unfortunately, these travels still create a CO2 footprint for us comparable to a whole street of people. We need to build a small forrest to offset it, probably. Or invest in some renewable technology airplanes. That would be nice.
Te Houtaewa Ultramarathon 63km with a Big Surprise 🏆
21st of March
I first heard about this event while on a bike trip through the Northland region of New Zealand three years ago. Suddenly, an advertisement sign at the side of the road caught my eye. 90 Mile Beach Ultramarathon, that sounds interesting! A bit long, but interesting none the less. 90 miles is about 145 kilometers.
Fortunately, the European settlers who arrived in New Zealand, conquered the islands, and named everything as they pleased, weren’t able to accurately measure a perfectly straight long beach’s length. In fact, it’s about 88 kilometers (55 miles) long.
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