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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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New Zealand Trail Running: Tarawera Ultramarathon 50k

18th of February

Whenever I can, I use a chance to run an interesting race while I’m in a different country. Right now, we’re in Auckland, New Zealand, for a few months, so I naturally have a few events planned. The first one is now history.

Tarawera

Paradise, right?
Paradise, right?

It’s a lake in the vicinity of the city of Rotorua, which is known for its rather unusual geothermal activities. There’s a volcano in the area which is probably part of the reason it smells like sulfur everywhere and steam is coming out of the earth at random places throughout the town.

It’s really weird
It’s really weird

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Goals 2019: State after January

4th of February

One month down, eleven to go.

This is a short status update on how I’m doing with my yearly goals, see this post for more info on them.

1. Zero marathon races

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Goals Review 2018, Goals Preview 2019

2nd of January

The spoiler comes right at the beginning. In 2018 I succeeded at all but one of my yearly and monthly goals, and for 2019 I’ll keep nearly the same list. Here is the new one.

  • 12 Marathons
  • 2,000 Kilometers of Running in Total
  • Run Every 2 Days (at least 5 km)
  • 5 Million Steps
  • Read 12 Books
I like to run because you can get to experience atmospheres like these.
I like to run because you can get to experience atmospheres like these.

Now I can elaborate. For two consecutive years now, I have published my yearly goals and how I did on them on my marathon blog, teesches-marathons.eu. It’s a motivational boost for myself to do so.

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