Category Archives: Running

Munich Marathon

In the year 1987 and I was embarrassed with myself over being afraid that I could not run 4k, so I got myself a pair of running shoes and started the challenge and ran my first planned run – 1k out and back (so totally 2k). I don’t remember any longer how much I walked, but I only know that I keep up the running and only after 6-8 months where I had kept running I suddenly liked what I did.

Four years later I ran a ran a marathon – in Hamburg, Germany, but otherwise I’m kept to maximum a half marathon. Until this year.

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I just finished the Munich Marathon in a very satisfying time of 3 hours and 54 minutes. This is just about 30 minutes slower than 23 years earlier. Not bad at all :-)

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Sunday it was the day where we were going to run a half marathon again. Granted I’m not sure I would have done it if Sabine hadn’t been pushing me a bit .. and if not for the fact that they also had a race for children where Felix could run his first race on his own (legs). Anyway, Sabine had us all signed up to run at the Hannover Marathon this weekend.

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First run

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The time is 11:59 and it’s almost time to run now .. looking down, Felix checks his shoes; yes, it’s the new ones. White, with stripes on the side, and looking good on the feet. We got them just the other day, to prepare for the run today. The mandatory “before” picture is taken, while he is seriously hoping, that they will forget the” after” shot!
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First race

We did it .. after many km/miles sitting in the baby jogger, Felix now finally get to run his own race – May the 2nd. The race is called “Kinder Lauf” (childrens run) .. a mind boggling 1,2km (3/4 mile) long race held the day before the Hannover Marathon. As good parents we also bought running shoes for him, so now about the only thing he can talk about is when the race is.

Oh well, and we signed ourselves up for the half marathon – first race of the year.

Zion and Bryce

Zion was mostly a place to hang out and rest – and so we did. The first day we took the shuttle, there are no cares in Zion Canyon, to the lodge and got our lunch at the lodge under a huge cottonwood tree. The second day we ran from the end of the canyon (The Temple of Sinavawa down to the campground – about 8 miles (13km) – as our only preparation for the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon.

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Bryce Canyon Half Marathon

The other day we started to look for races (runs) at the places we expect to be on our trip – thinking maybe we can find a 10k somewhere we could run while on the road. The first major city we are at is Denver .. nothing was found there, but just for fun we searched for all the smaller places as well and we found, to our suprise, a half marathon in Bryce Canyon. Now I’m the one who always says that you can always run a half marathon, but over the last 8-9 months I’ve run no more than once a week and I do not think I’ve run more than 7 miles (11km) - so no more than half the distance – and this one startes up in 7652ft (2332m)! Ok, granted it does drop with 1852ft (564m).

I’ve just registered us for the race – Sabine does not know yet, but I’m sure she will be very happy. They do not say anything about strollers, so we’ll just assume what is not forbitten directly is allowed and expect to be able to run with Felix. Training you would ask? I do not think we’ll be able to train, but we will have two really hard hikes in the weeks before, so let us hope this will prepare us for the run :-)