Frankfurt Marathon 2013

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20/09/2013 at 21:19

PC.. I'm in Tadcaster (North Yorks), heading south to do the Isle Of Axholme half marathon a week on Sunday.  Looks pretty flat so excellent training for Frankfurt!  It's my first time at this race so please don't ask me where the Isle of Axholme is, somewhere east of Doncaster I think.

Congrats on the win MC Dave, hope the ankle improves.

Parkrun tomorrow & a long one on Sunday, weather looks good for it.

Johnas.. I'll let you know about the Sat nosh.

21/09/2013 at 08:13

C33 Redcar has been clashing with the Belin Marathon date for the last few years. The route has changed to a loop taking in the coast of Redcar and Marske and some of the Indutrial heritage. Fast, flat and technical T-shirts all round. (Beats that showboat of a fun run up the coast where you need to dress as a penguin to get in). Race director of the Redcar half is a proper lifelong runner so he obviously knows his gravy.

Wardi - long shot here but I may know your brother in law GS?

21/09/2013 at 08:16

Good shot PC, that's the fella!  Are you in the legal trade too?

21/09/2013 at 17:25

Yes, all very respectable in my day job.


22/09/2013 at 15:51

PC.. excellent, if any of us get arrested after too many steins of lager I'm sure you will be the right man to put up a solid defence!  Had a chat with brother-in-law last night so the connection has been made.

Nice breakthrough for me at the York Parkrun.  My old codger's PB of 19:51 has frustratingly remained since last October.  I have been within seconds of it loads of times but alas always close but no cigar.  Ideal conditions yesterday, cool & light winds so fancied yet another attempt.  4k in 15:44 so buried myself in the last k to get 19:32.  Good enough for 22nd/200 & 1st V55.  It does help that the York course is flatter than a billiard table!

Long run today, 20m done but my legs didn't like it at all after yesterday's exertions, a bit hot too.  Feel ok now I'm hosed down and fed & watered.  

22/09/2013 at 16:20

Well done Wardi. Speed work and Long run done all in one weekend. Super training.

I can absolutely assure you that after a few steins of lager I am no use to man nor beast. It's a good job that the Runners World forumites I've met so far are all well behaved and happy soles. Run, beer, talk about running, food at some point. (Johnas has a fetish for sausage!) then more beer. Come and say hi in Frankfurt.

22/09/2013 at 16:34

Wardi well done on the 5k time and today's long run

PC Lol

Good to see Johnas today at the Pleshey and Essex Half - nice running and hope you made it back ok.  I was using it as a MP HR/breathing test and sadly came to the conclusion that 7:30 pace is too much...although it was humid, and FFT might be -2C like last year.  76 miles for me this week, roll on taper time...

Edited: 22/09/2013 at 16:36
22/09/2013 at 19:13


Nice one Wardi... 5k is always a good indicator of current fitness and speed so you're in fine fettle.

Guilty as charged Mr Legal Eagle. Ich liebe Wurst!  

Good to put a face to the name today Teknik. And today is exactly why it's worth doing a solid MP run in prep - give you an idea of where your at for the big day so a good day for you today. It was humid!  

21 miles total for me today. Glad to get another 20+ in the bag

Edited: 22/09/2013 at 19:14
22/09/2013 at 21:06

You deserve a plate of sausages after a half a'midst a 21 miler, good work Johnas!

Teknik.. we're all running a bit tired at the moment, peak of marathon training & all that.  You might find 7:30 pace like shelling peas come marathon day!  Nice week of miles BTW.

Re. the temp at Frankfurt.  I suffer from Raynauds so anything less than 10 degrees and my gloves are on.  Must remember to pack them for the trip!

23/09/2013 at 16:11

Glorious 11 miler this afternoon. No idea where that came from, it was supposed to be a rest/recovery day after yesterdays 22 miler. Just rans as I felt and loved every step today. It's great when you have runs like that. 

26/09/2013 at 00:07

Hmmmmmmmm managing to run a bit this week.  Survived 5 miles on dreadmill at slow pace but wound it up to see if it went pop which it didn't and felt OK on Sunday, tried the roads on Monday and not happy, thought kill it or cure it tonight on the dreadmill and blasted 5 miles and amazingly it felt hunkydoreyer when I was going quick than in the warm up or warm down just a bit grumbley now. I seem to only be able to run pain free at silly fast pace I will either win the Frankfurt marathon or I will crash and burn very early in the proceedings and have a very long and painful outing. 

I'm due a good marathon.  Bring on the Kenyans!!!!!!

26/09/2013 at 21:23

Sounds almost hopeful Caniggia!  Just set off with Johnas and you should be fine 

I see one of the German elite men is offering us tapering advice..

'Your main work is done. The last months you really grinded away'. 

11m of grinding today, took it steady on account of keeping my powder dry for Sunday.

29/09/2013 at 12:45

Hello everybody,

I had 18 dreary miles on the dreadmill yesterday.  My ankle got sore at about 14 miles in but after stopping for a minute or so for a bit of a stretch it started going again.  I was fearing the first few steps this morning but it feels not too bad at all.  Not convinced  it will hold together as well as that on the roads or whether it would have taken another 8 miles but hey marathons hurt anyway from 18 miles to the finish and a dodgy ankle can only take your mind off other pain!!!!!!

Well my entertainment for Saturday afternoon is sorted.  I know its not Eintracht but I have got a ticket for FSV Frankfurt v Aalen in Bundesliga 2.  I don't trust myself not to walk myself to death if I go sightseeing but equally well I don't want to spend the whole day sitting about in my hotel room.  I am quite ashamed to say I have bought a seat rather than a ticket on the terracing to save my leggies and have lashed out the princely sum of 15€ for a seat of the stand which also includes my train ticket to get to and from the ground.  Standing tickets including your train fare were only 10€.  It would have cost me £20 to watch Dundee playing Morton yesterday.  Footie for £9 including your transport to and from the match....wouldn't Germany be a wonderful place to live!!!!!  

Marathon world record has just gone again 2:03:25 to Wilson kipsang in Berlin.   Looks like I will have my work cut out to keep up with those Kenyans.

29/09/2013 at 12:46

Sorry for mentioning the Dundee v Morton game MCDave  

29/09/2013 at 13:38

Nice one Canniggia. Saves you wandering the streets on the Saturday.

Ive just doen the Redcar half in a time of 1:27:48. Slightly disappointed that its a minute slower than my pb but jeezz was it windy. Felt reasonably good until the wind battered me for 6 miles. 

Lets see what Kielder brings next week and then to taper.


29/09/2013 at 13:49



I don't believe you lol   Well done that's still a great time.

30/09/2013 at 00:21

If anyone really wants to see some Bundesliga action then Mainz are playing Eintracht Braunschweig on the Saturday. You can easily get to Mainz from Frankfurt by train or you can take line S8 on the S-Bahn. Only takes about 30-40 minutes from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof.


The ticketing service isn't working at the moment but I believe you can stand for about €15. Not sure about seating prices but think that they may be €35+. Mainz also have a nice new stadium. But tbh the FSV Frankfurt - Aalen match will probably be better as the two teams are more evenly matched both currently having 12 points from 9 matches, whereas Braunschweig currently only have 1 point after 7 matches and have only scored 3 goals so it could be a bit of a battering.

Edited: 30/09/2013 at 00:23
30/09/2013 at 21:13

I looked at the Mainz game too when I found that Eintracht Frankfurt were playing away from home.  I did think about making the trip but when I saw it was Braunschweig that were playing I thought better of it.  If it was one of the big teams like Hamburg, Leverkusen or Hertha I'd have made the effort.  Just a shame it isn't one of the infamous St Pauli who I think are back down again this season.  That would certainly be classed as an experience!!!!!

05/10/2013 at 20:39

Road test ahoy............... Weegieland half tomorrow.  Ankle feels fine on the dreadmill so better give it a try on tarmac.  Not been in a big race for months so just going to try to take it easyish (marathon paceish provided I don't get carried away or blow up completely).  Should be a bit of a novelty tomorrow that you are actually running around the nice bits of Glasgow rather than an assortment of rough schemes and industrial estates.  Quite looking forward to the race but a bit worried about the niggly pain that might reappear at any moment.

There must be some serious training going on you lot have all gone awfy quiet!!!!

06/10/2013 at 00:01

Agreed Caniggia, surely taper madness can't have set in already!  Hope the half goes well.

I ended up doing my half last week at MP pace, even that felt tough in the wind.  Suprised to learn it was still good enough for 1st V55, haven't got my prize yet though.

Doing a mixed terrain charity 10k on Sunday for CRUK in Bramham Park.  Lovely course as long as the festival goers didn't churn it all up in the summer.  Will run home a circuitous route to tot up around 20 miles all being well.

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