SportScheck half-marathon – Emotional rollercoaster

Last Sunday I ran the SportScheck half-marathon for the fourth time in my life.
New course, same hood, same distance.
It’s been 7 weeks already since I’ve started training for the Berlin Marathon, taking place in one month. This half-marathon now was supposed to be a test. See how my body responds to the past weeks of specific training. To cut to the chase: see how fast I can run, you know.

When we picked up with the training a few weeks ago, I asked my boyfriend (and coach) what time he thought I would be able to run. And he told me 1:35′
No need to tell you how thrilled I was to beat my (at that time) personal best of 1:42’26 by 7 minutes.
So when he sent me the race plan last week, telling me we would go for PB, with a 1:37, I was disappointed. Didn’t I work hard enough? Was I training the wrong way for the last 7 weeks?!
I can be much of a drama queen sometimes.
And such pain in the ass.
I don’t need to tell you the conversation that followed.

The real importance of sleep in “eat train sleep repeat”

I don’t know about you guys, but besides of being hungry all the time, I also feel that my usual 7H of sleep need to be extended since I started my marathon preparation. Funny when thinking that a few years ago, I preferred cutting on my sleep than on my various activities – one of them being partying almost full time. For me, sleeping was a waste of time. Imagine my face when I learned that we sleep 1/3 of our lifetime on earth. OMG!
I was devastated and ready to fight physic. Or science. Or whatever.
If the day still has 24H, my priorities have changed and I moved from party queen to pillow-lover and would like to give you obvious reason/data why sleep should become your priority while training. 

Why a training plan might be a brilliant idea

Now that you’ve decided to run your first or next marathon, you may ask yourself the million-dollar question:
Do I need a training plan?
On one hand, you have this one friend who run without a plan, a watch nor HR belt
– I mean, come on, where are the data if not on Strava?
– or even a cellphone – Not catching Pokemon either?? What’s wrong? Hello, 2016?!
Well this no-technology-while-running-friendly-friends of yours may have adviced you to not run by plan.
No, actually, this friend looks at you incredulously like you would speak in an unknown language.
– A training plan? What is it?
Ok. Next.
Since nothing and nobody can unseat your willpower to be well prepared for your marathon, you keep asking around.
And there you are. Some friends are preparing their marathon or half marathon following a training plan.
Hallelujah, you are not alone!
*Victory Lap*
Hm, sorry. Hello? May I have your attention, please?
I know, the euphoria when you feel belonging somewhere, even to the wide group of we-use-a-training-plan-runners. I do too. Welcome, my dear.
May I give you some advice about that so called training plan now?
Cool. There you go.

Zugspitz Ultratrail 2016 – Eat & Run

Hello Movers! Last weekend, the Zugspitz Ultratrail 2016 took place. Since I couldn’t run any distance myself, I decided to crew Sascha for his attempt at the big distance. Here is the race report I wrote, from his perspective. I am sure you’re up for a 100K and 20H38 ride through a roller coaster of emotion! Enjoy!

It’s been only six weeks since the WHEW where I ran my first 100K, but last weekend I decided to take it to the next level and took part in the Zugspitz Ultratrail 2016, a 100K through the Alps, with 5412m elevation gain.
As the date was coming closer my respect, fears – or was it doubts? – got bigger. But once more I wanted to prove that the human body is capable of much more than you might think. I knew a big challenge was coming, never would I have expected this race to bring me to the edge of my mental and physical strengths. With a quote of 50% DNF, I think I wouldn’t lie if I say this edition of Zugspitz Ultratrail 2016 was one of the toughest in its young history.
Taking off at 7 AM in Grainau on Saturday morning, the blue sky and the rising sun was the promise for a beautiful day. But as it is in ultra running, especially in the mountains, you never know what is going to happen and how everything can change within a second.

Slow descent to hell

The last three weeks have been kind of a slow descent to hell for me.
Sounds a bit dramatic, doesn’t it?
Not a technical downhill as I love them, no.
A sneaky kind of descent, the one you believe every thing will be better at the next aid station. But it doesn’t.

These last three weeks,
I kept hearing this voice whispering wisely
that sometimes the right decisions are also, the hardest.

Never cross the fine line

There is this fine line you should never cross while training or racing. Pushing our bodies beyond limits just to see how far we can go is something wonderful, and can be dangerous at the same time.
We try to reach for the stars,
the moon or the sun.
How many miles can I log in peak-week?
How many miles can I log in a month, a year?
How fast can I run a hundred milers?
How much ultras or races can I perform in a year?
How much, how fast, how long, how…

LTBCN 16 – The Rocky mountains in Barcelona

I was not supposed to run LTBCN 16 actually. Back to November 15 when I was planning my race calendar, I was considering running my first 100K there, the UTBCN 16. However, earlier this year, my friend Julien registered for the 70K and so I downgraded the distance. Fortunately! I think it was a wise decision.
My preparation was as it is when you work 46H a week and keep on having a social life. Being sick during the 15 days before the race, when I felt really strong about my training got me worried. A lot. How could I only dream about running a good time at LTBCN 16 while not training for two weeks? My flatmate got to hear about it during the last days before my departure.
“You won’t run on time. That goal is over. Remember: always set different goals for your race” I kept telling myself.
It was a difficult and long process for my mind to accept lowering my expectations. I am really stubborn you know. But in the end, I wanted to enjoy the race as much as I could, and I want to run as long as my body can take me. Don’t understand me wrong. To me, enjoying a race means different things, like competing or just sharing the course with friends.
Finishing the race strong and smiling, and enjoying the surrounding of nature and like-minded people all along would be my A-Goal when I’d toe the starting line that Saturday for the LTBCN 16.

Elbsandsteingebirge 2016 – 4 days of trail love

It all started with a bottle of red wine at a tapas restaurant with Joyce and Iwi. Both talking about the wonderful scenery of Elbsandsteingebirge and talking about how cool Elbi 2016 would be. An entire weekend of running with many others crazy folks. Like minded running junkies, freaks or whatever you like calling them. An entire weekend spent in running shoes, running clothes and – wait for it – chilly comfy jogging pants when not out there…moving. What else would you ask for? I signed right away.

Running is a mirror, let’s say, of life. We may have lost a little bit of ourselves and our true feeling… because we depend on machines and numbers and things like that. You have to rediscover the life and especially in the cities, this crazy rhythm makes you forget thingsDimitris Theodorakakos