Update: A Competition ...
Finally we both miscarried: my young brave colleague had trained so much, that he got a fatigue break and couldn't start. And I ran the first 20km so fast and unbalanced, that I had to manage cramp in my thighs - for the last 12km. Ok - we do it again, either in Mainz or in Frankfurt 2011 - but indeed without such rookie mistakes!
A Competition Is A Competition Is A Competition
I would have not published this plan on the internet if I had not got a new young brave colleague: On June the 19th we ran together the Coca-Cola Half-Marathon in Offenbach. 02:10:00 should have been a good first target for me. But I spent only 1:57:30 on the course - commented by my young new colleague: "Oh it's indeed a good time - for your age".
He himself spent 01:52:14 for the same distance: Hence 5 minutes makes the difference of 20 Years, doesn't it? ... Well, I had to react:
Finally we decided [ together ;-) ] that naturally he has to beware and to underline his winning margin - based on his extraordinary youth. Hence we agreed on a competition: If he isn't able to run 10 minutes faster than I in Frankfurt, he has to spring for sparkling wine for my complete team. And if he was able to run again 10 minutes faster than I, I would serve a glas of Galama for each member of his team.
Frankfurt Marathon 2010: Grossly Less Than 4 Hours
I love to run marathons. At most since my former boss tried to turn his team into a runners - I'm really manipulable, particularly by bosses. But frankly spoken: A marathon is unhealthy and boring. Healthy is only the time before - auspicious the time after it.
I got my fastest run in 2008 in Frankfurt: 03:54:51 - I've never understood how this could had happened. Nevertheless: my gross-running-time was still more than 4 hours. Because of the many many other participants in Frankfurt you have a long stand(!)by time, which naturally is included into the gross running time.
So, in 2010 I planned to beat myself by running grossly under 4 hours. But I have to state that I missed my target. Sorry, my own fault. Here are the three rookie mistakes I hopefully won't do again:
- Don't start in the area of your last result - start in the starting area of your intended finishing time, even if you are not assigned officially to that area: to overtake slower runners is exhausting and alluring.
- Don't let you chevied by the other runners - respect your own solid run plan.
- Don't repeat hurting your own plan, if you have noticed, that you have run too fast.