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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.

That’s the selected skyscraper, Hamburg’s Radission BLU with its 27 floors and 118 meters of height
That’s the selected skyscraper, Hamburg’s Radission BLU with its 27 floors and 118 meters of height

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Hamburg Marathon 2019

2nd of May

Back in Hamburg!

Time to celebrate
Time to celebrate

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.

To my surprise, my buddy Angel was there, helping out at the Strava booth
To my surprise, my buddy Angel was there, helping out at the Strava booth
Strava promoted “The Last Mile” this time, trying to get us all to guess the speed of our last mile and make this one the fastest one
Strava promoted “The Last Mile” this time, trying to get us all to guess the speed of our last mile and make this one the fastest one

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Goals 2019: State after April

2nd of May

January, February, March, and now April. Here’s how I’ve been doing regarding my yearly goals.

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! 

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Goals 2019: State after March

1st of April

A quarter of the year is history. Here’s my monthly update to keep myself accountable for how I’m doing regarding my 2019 goals. January and February have been going well so far, here’s March.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Hills and Rain at Waiheke Wharf 2 Wharf Marathon

13th of March

Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island
Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island

In my ongoing conquest to make the most out of this time here in New Zealand – as well as in life in general, really – here’s a story about the first ever Wharf 2 Wharf Marathon on the island of Waiheke, just off the coast of Auckland.

As there’s no helicopter at our disposal, islands still need to be reached via boat. Life sucks.
As there’s no helicopter at our disposal, islands still need to be reached via boat. Life sucks.

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Mountain 2 Surf Marathon in New Plymouth

7th of March

When you look at the New Plymouth region from above, you don’t have to be a geologist to understand how it came into existence. 

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This bump in New Zealand’s North Island is located half-way between Auckland, the country’s biggest city, and Wellington, the country’s capital. The mountain responsible for us being able to run a marathon in that area is called Taranaki, or Egmont, if you’re a British colonialist. There’s a movement to rename landmarks in their traditional way, which is before the European settlers arrived and felt the urge to name everything as they preferred. 

I got interested in this marathon race, because not only did it fit our schedules very well, it’s also advertised as a relatively easy run, going slightly downhill most of the time. Mountain 2 Surf. 

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Goals 2019: State after February

28th of February

This is the second follow-up about how my yearly goals are going. See original post for more info on them and the January post.

1. One (ultra) marathon race done!

✅ On February 9th, I successfully finished the Tarawera Ultramarathon 50k near the New Zealand city of Rotorua. It went really well and I enjoyed it heaps. This gets me closer to my 12 marathons goal, but as February is now in the past as well, I’m still one marathon short of the needed average. Not for long, though.

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