Frankfurt Marathon 2013

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05/08/2013 at 19:11

If that is the case it says more about the state of scotrail than it does about my running.  I really wasn't going that fast!!!!!

This will be my 7th German outing.  I've done the Berlin marathon and half marathon twice each, Munich last year and Dusseldorf the year before.  I nearly said I had ran 6 times in Germany as I had just about blanked out Dusseldorf and the spectacularly bad PW I ran in the sunshine there.  Horrific day at the office. To be brutally honest I've never ran very well at all in Germany and kind of wonder why I keep going back. 

05/08/2013 at 19:48

Welcome aborad F2D!  Have you really got two dogs?

Johnas.. got a bit tired towards the end (first 20m for about 16 months).  Another problem at my age is that if I do a Parkrun flat out the day before the old legs moan about that as well!  Still, nice to get it done, bit of a breeze & some cloud cover so not as roasting as of late.  Nice 17m BTW, I'm sure it'll be like shelling peas in a month or two's time. 

05/08/2013 at 19:53

Hiya all. Am starting to get all excited for Frankfurt after hearing some great race reports recently.

how is everyone getting on with their training?

Caniggia - I love running in Germany. The scene, the people. Add Cologne to your list. A fantastic race and atmosphere. I go back every year for the half and have such a great time.

05/08/2013 at 21:04

20 done yesterday, more of a walk than a run, mainly because I booked into Enigma Gold on a whim and it's an even longer way if you've not screwed the old distance head on nice and firm. Once that's done I can settle down to proper (hoho) training. 

Johnas - it's really pretty weeny PF, if I hadn't heard PF talked about in hushed whispers for years I might not even have noticed it, just lumped it in with all the other dodgy bits. I tape my foot into flexed position every night and do the eccentric calf exercises in trainers instead of the jolly pretty flats wot probably did the deed in the first place. Had a potter round the pool and sauna tonight and I swear by that as a cure-all (also good core workout trying to keep a straight face in front of the two young lads in there talking about minor girl trouble).

Wardi - yep - lazy buggers, they're retired and get us to do the running for them now

05/08/2013 at 22:21

Emmy I think Cologne might sneak on the list sometime.  I had a day trip there when I went to Dusseldorf and it was OK but not on the list of places to rush back to at the moment. Still got Hamburg to do and then I've just about got the full set of German marathon biggies and when I give up on them the Berlin 25k and the half marathon round the Nurburgring car circuit are still on the to do list.  I don't know if any of you have come across Kiwiscanfly on these forums.  He is just back from Fussen in Bavaria where he ran the Romantische marathon near mad king Ludwig's castle.  The scenery looks absolutely stunning I just don't know if I would survive the heat of Bavaria in July.  Scottish folk aren't built for sunshine.   As this is the only image you ever see of the area I also find it hard to believe the course is nearly as flat as it is supposed to be.

09/08/2013 at 20:29

Large entry confirmation in my inbox today!

11/08/2013 at 14:55

That was a strange old run last night.  18 miles done but I think I played the price for playing mileage catch up late in the week.  Having racked up a huge 4.5 miles from Monday until Thursday tea time I proceeded to do 10 on Thursday night, 7 on Friday night and 18 last night.  Just about ran myself to a complete stand still by the finish.  I have to admire the folk that manage to run 70 plus miles/week.  I don't know where they manage to find the energy or time to get anywhere near those types of figures.

Quick question.  Having seen a bit of the marathon yesterday does the new improved Moscow marathon finishing in the Lenin Stadium (so much easier to spell and say than the new name) tempt anybody?  Looks like the old Moscow peace marathon has been dumped and a new proper Moscow marathon has taken its place having just had a wee google.  It was always one of those great cities shame the race looks pretty rank compared to other marathons around the world but it does look like an awesome city to visit one day and if I'm going to go all that way there I might as well have a run!!!!

11/08/2013 at 14:59

Scrap next year off the list though.  Just read the small print and the Lenin stadium will be bulldozed after the world championship and rebuilt for the footie world cup in 2018.  Sometimes a 73000 beautiful all seater stadium is just not good enough to keep those Russian billionaires happy.  They would have a field day if they came to Dens.

Just as a matter of interest do the e-mail notifications on these forums still work?  Haven't had one for months and months.

15/08/2013 at 03:33

I'm averaging about 3 miles a day here in hot and humid florida. I'm compensating for the heat with numerous continental beers (Americans don't do good beer). When I get back i'll have 8 weeks to race day. I'm going to find out the hard way what the perils of trying to cram training into too short a time are. 

15/08/2013 at 07:56

Caniggia - that's also on my list! I've heard some great things about it.

fido2dogs - are you fellow enigma runner? I'll be there this weekend too! I'm the redhead normally with a beer in my hand would be lovely to meet you.

15/08/2013 at 23:30

Intervals really hurt.  headed to the gym to avoid the thunderstorm and thought I'd try a nasty session on the dreadmill.  It is never good when you look about the gym to find so many people are not really sweating and instead are just oozing gallons of lovely while I am destroying myself on a dreadmill.  Fortunately I managed to reach the point where I could hit the lovely big red stop button just prior to the chunder threshold being reached.  I don't think it was far away.   I've done some nasty training this summer I will be gutted if I run like a fanny again in Frankfurt.

18/08/2013 at 23:52

Eeeeeeeek didn't see that 10k race coming.  Absolute shocker.  It was hellishly windy but just felt heavy legged and slow from the word go.  I suppose the good run had to come to an end sometime.  Just didn't expect it to be quite so dramatic.

20/08/2013 at 12:49

Canig.. I used to run 65-85 mpw in my forties but my old legs just can't sustain that now.  I tend to do a 20-30m bike ride as X-training the day after a race or a long run nowadays.  Sorry to hear about the 10k.    BTW I have a nice treadie in a spare room upstairs, don't use it much in summer though. 

Party 'til 3am Saturday wasn't the best preparation for a Sunday long run but after a good sleep & a bit of rehydration I got on with it.  21m in the end, a tough old run but the miles are in the bank.  After 25m on the bike yesterday I'm trying a double run today - 4 pleasant miles done at 7am then plan on 6-7m with the club later.  Looking hot for the bank holiday here in North Yorks.

20/08/2013 at 13:30

Hi everyone - just found this thread.

I'm signed up for this one again - did it last year and had a fab time.  I was planning to break 3:30 in the Spring and go for a GFA (3:15) in Frankfurt, but I got a cold and cocked up Milton Keynes, so I'll settle for a 3:29 in October.  I'm in the first pen so I guess I'll stand at the back and wave goodbye to a few of you speedsters...

I follow Hadd and do about 70 mpw.  Just off on holiday tomorrow for a 5 day trail running course in the Austrian Alps.


20/08/2013 at 13:39

Hi Teknik - hope you are well.

Checking back in after 2 weeks in Corfu that included a fall back week of 45 miles and then a low intensity 125 mile week in the lovely morning (and some evening) sun. It also included a 20 miler up Mount Pantokrator and the run profile looks like it felt. Straight up then straight down with over 900m of climb over 6 miles.

I can handle the Annan result Canigg as My pal Peter Weatherson has moved there from Morton so it was heads I win tails you lose on that one

Back home with a bang today and no more easy running for the next 7-8 weeks. Intervals, long runs, hills or gym sessions for me now! Bring it on

20/08/2013 at 14:30

Tecknik - Welkom Have a great time in the alps trail running! I'm jealous.

Where is everyone staying in Frankfurt? Am really looking forward to this race as i've heard great things about it!

20/08/2013 at 16:22

Emmy.. there are a few hotel details on page 1 of the thread.

MCD.. I walked the length of Corfu a few years ago including climbing up Pantokrator - good work running up it!

A hearty hello to Teknik.

22/08/2013 at 10:31

Just had the email saying the start times are being put back by 30 mins (10:30 for the fast wave), something to do with the TV coverage.  Time for an extra breakfast sausage then!

22/08/2013 at 12:03

Hi Wardi - Thanks for that. It was more to see if we could arrange a nice meet up if our hotels were close to each other!

I saw the email too about the start time being pushed back. 10.30am?... I dont fancy that :/

22/08/2013 at 18:56

Excellent. More time to train. 

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