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A Picture in a Thousand Words

10th of September

Explanation: This post is inspired by a challenge created by Tim Hein and Brady Haran in an episode of their Unmade podcast. The task is to take any picture you took and describe it in exactly a thousand words. I chose one of my favorite moments of the recent few years, just before my win at the Te Houtaewa ultramarathon. At the time I also wrote a more detailed blog post about this race.

And as it’s a podcast, I recorded myself reading this post and sent it to Tim and Brady, maybe it’s interesting enough for them. Here’s the audio.

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Yearly Goals: Half Time Status

24th of August

At the start of the previous four years, I have set personal goals to reach during those years. For 2020 as well. This particularly weird year is now more than halfway done (and many people hope it will end rather sooner than later). Still, I followed through with my goals as far as I could and will give my halfway point results here.

Keep pushing, the show must go on
Keep pushing, the show must go on

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100 Kilometer Run: Hamburg to the Baltic Sea

9th of August

There are a few standard distances many endurance runners have on their mind.

  • 21.1k half marathon
  • 42.2k full marathon
  • 50k
  • 50 miles (80.5k)
  • 100k
  • 100 miles (160.9k)

In addition, there are established time-based challenges like a 6-hour run, a 12-hour run, and a 24-hour run.

Above those distances and times, crazier things exist, but I would regard those as unusual. Just a tiny fraction of us ultra runners are up for those, while most of us are mainly interested in these mentioned categories, which also are used to hold national and international championship races. 

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Jenischpark Laps: Double Marathon Weekend

15th of July

Currently I’m starting my training for the Endurance Trail des Templiers race, which takes place in October in southern France and will feature 106 kilometers in length and 5,125 meters of vertical gain.

Needless to say, it’s going to be tough and I will need to prepare for that quite a bit.

But how to prepare for something like that?

I am also not entirely sure, but from talking to friends who have done similar races I got some helpful tips. Those are not surprising: run a lot, and run up and down some hills a lot.

Also, as I’m guessing the race will take somewhere between 15 and 20 hours for me, I think I should prepare to be able to stay on my feet for a long time.

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Running Streak Month #10keveryday – Another Crazy Experiment

6th of July

I like to shake things up with doing little challenges during the year that are usually supposed to last for a month. It’s fun to follow through with difficult tasks I wouldn’t otherwise manage to complete.

In the past, I have done things like a month of daily planking exercises, a month of eating entirely vegan food, a month of avoiding products with more than 5 percent of sugar, a month of daily 7 minute workouts, and a few other challenges, mostly about nutrition or health.

Because nutrition and exercise are difficult areas to get right.

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A Marathon along Alsterwanderweg / Way of St. James

15th of June

One of my annual quests is to do one marathon length run per month. As most of the races are still getting canceled, I need to do this on my own. The only problem is finding routes – a task which is usually done by the race staff of the races I sign up for. But during COVID-19 times, I have to do this myself and get creative.

To be honest, I think it’s a bit annoying. I’m certainly no navigational expert and I have not much of an interest to become one. It’s great that smartphones and tracking watches do most of the work these days, but I still find it distracting to re-orient myself every few hundred meters of a long run in an unknown area, losing the flow of running, and, in the worst of circumstances, having to track back to the route when I get lost.

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Saturday

by Ian McEwan

400 pages, ★★★★★
Finished on 27th of May, buy here.

Wow, that was unusual. I can’t remember the last time I’ve read fiction, but this was a strong recommendation from a good friend so I gave it a try. It sucked me in and was hard to put down. Finding the time for it has been a struggle though, so it took a few months to finish. Glad I did, though.

The book details a full Saturday (ah!) of a middle-aged upper-middle-class neurosurgeon living in London. Surely it’s not a usual Saturday and a lot happens, but big parts are just him running errands and reflecting on it all. Henry Perowne is a richly written character with a colorful and interesting family (wife, two artistic kids, demented mother, alcoholic poet father-in-law). Good parts of his day reminded me of my own life, running errand after errand on a free Saturday to make sure everyone in the family is happy. It did not bore me at all. I felt reminded of the American Beauty movie and projected a sort of depressed state (midlife crisis?) onto him which I later realized wasn’t really there at all. Worth reading.

Smoothies: The Quest for the Best

19th of May

From the time I was a little school boy and up until just a few years ago, I had a weird morning habit. Drinking one liter of cold 3.5 percent milk, enriched with a significant amount of Caotina cocoa powder. Every morning, this got me going. People laughed at me, I didn’t care. Never change a running system, right?

No, actually not right.

It makes sense to sometimes question habits and rethink or reorganize aspects of life. So, some time in 2016, a few months into my vegetarian experiment, I developed stronger active thoughts about this chocolate milk routine. Does it make sense? Is there a better way?

Switching to smoothies seemed to make the most sense. When they became popular I was intrigued. Putting plants into my body instead of a cow’s breast milk sounds like a good idea. But it’s not that simple. 

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Kärnten Laufklassiker @Home

17th of May

Some might know that I’ve been trying to run at least one marathon per month for a few years now. In 2020, the plan so far looked like this:

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#runsolo Hamburg Marathon 2020 Encore: CLOCKWISE EDITION

5th of May

Start and finish of the usual race, Heinrich Hertz Turm
Start and finish of the usual race, Heinrich Hertz Turm

This is a short encore of my post from two weeks ago. Then, I ran the Hamburg Marathon course on the former official date of April 19th, 2020. I liked it, so I did it again, but this time going in the other direction after being inspired by Strava buddy Karsten. It’s funny how different of an experience that is!

First things first: carbo-loading. Still a thing!
First things first: carbo-loading. Still a thing!

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