Swiss Alpine

Swiss Alpine
Swiss Alpine

This was also the first time I participated at this race. Its also great fun. I stood up at 4 am in the morning and went by car to Davos. You need 2 hours from Einsiedeln and I had not ticket yet, so I tried to be there early enough. Start was at 7  am in the morning.

All went ok, but when it was time to start I realized that I had forgotten my chip. I immediately went back to my car which was not so far away to put the chip on. But when I came back to the start, all participants were gone and I did not know, into which direction. I just missed them all.

First I tried one direction, but nobody there, then I went into the other direction and finally managed to get them by seeing them coming back from a turnaround. I had two options: go back and try to find the route or cheat a bit and enter the mass from where I was. I decided to do the second one. Nobody claimed and I was not there to win the race.

Big race, very beautiful route. Quite up and down and at the end I was totally exhausted and my legs burned. I had to stop and walk, try again to run, walk again but at the end I finished. Next year, I know it better and will do it correctly. Davos is very nice. Have never been there before.

Lauerzerseelauf

Lauerzerseelauf
Lauerzerseelauf

This was the first run around Lauerzersee and there were already more than 600 participants. It was extremely hot, more than 30 degree, when it started last Friday at 7 pm.

Was not so easy to get there, you have to park your car at Seewen-Märkt which is a shopping mall not so far away. You only have to cross a trail way and a highway! And I was really in a hurry because I had to get a start number just before the beginning and was already very late.

The race starts just in front of the local swimming bath at the lake and is exactly 10 kilometers in distance. I started too fast and was still tired because I did also 1000 meter crawl a noon, the same day. So my arms were hurting but thought this is a good training for a triathlon.

After 5 kilometer, I was already quite exhausted and had problems with breathing and each kilometer became harder. At the end I really was happy to finish. My time was a few second above 50 minutes, so still 5 minutes per kilometer.

The route itself is not very beautiful, big part of it is just in parallel to the highway with thousands of cars with bad air and noise. I originally wanted to participate at Klöntalerseelauf which took place at the same day but decided to do Lauerzerseelauf because it is nearer to my home and it was the first time. Maybe next year I will decide for Klöntal if they are again on the same day.

Luzern marathon 2010

Luzern Marathon 2010
Luzern Marathon 2010

This year was the first time I were able to run the whole distance of the marathon. The last two years I always had to walk for a few hundred meters because I was so exhausted that it just was not possible to run any more. Of course, I restarted running after a while, but in my opinion, you have not really finished, if you have to walk. Even if its just a short distance.

My time this year was 4 hours and 7 minutes. Once more I were not able to do it in less than 4 hours. Maybe next year.

The reason for the better time is clear: first I had more long distance runs in my legs, I did about 4 times 30 kilometers and the best time for this distance was about 2 hours and 40 minutes. Second I have this year in general a better condition because I did a lot of kilometers on my street bike. Third, I did less training overall. This year, I stopped going to the fitness studio twice a week and did the last couple of months sport only at the weekend. Fourth, I made a break of about 4 weeks before the marathon, to have enough time to regenerate (though this was not planned). And then, I cared more about drinking and eating during the marathon itself. And finally, I started slower. I really forced myself to go slow the first 20 kilometers.

As always, it was a lot of fun. Doing a marathon is my new passion. In 3 weeks, there would be another one in Frauenfeld. I will try to start there too.

Klöntalerseelauf

Klöntalersee
Klöntalersee

This was the first year, we did this race. I have heard of it by accident. Lake Klöntal is about 60 kilometers away from Einsiedeln. You have to travel with car about an hour though it is just behind the moutains. But with the car you have to go around the mountains. The lake is located at the base of one of the highest mountains here. I can see this mountain from my home and it is more than 3000 meters high.

The race is along the lake, 12.8 kilometers in distance and half of the turn is in the wood going heavily up and down. The race itself is organized very nicely. There are only about 100 participants and after the race all participants get a saucage and beer. The organizer created a campfire at the shore of the lake and we were sitting there all together until deep in the night. Very nice race! We will come back next year.

Grand Prix de Bern

Grand Prix de Bern
Grand Prix de Bern

This year, we did it for the third time. The “Grand prix de Bern” is one of the most fascinating running races I know because there are such a lot of people starting. This year, there was a new record in participating runners. More than 22 thousand in the 10 miles category.

I had a good race. I am not sure if I were faster than last year. But one thing is sure. The personal impression of the race is that it is over faster from year to year. This might be because with the time you know the race already. Of course in the first year, all was new and you one had the impression, that the 16 kilometers took a quite long time. Not so this year. All was over after a couple of minute, was my feeling. But I had a similar time than last year. Funny.

After the race we always stay for a couple of hours in Bern. It is such a nice city. We first went to the “Bundeshaus” and had a beer in front of it in one of the many restaurents there. After this we went to a already known restaurent, where we had nice food, after the exhausting race. I like it.

Greifenseelauf 2009

Greifenseelauf
Greifenseelauf

This is a half marathon. It has a distance of about 21.100 kilometers. I participated this year the first time. Last year I have a cold. You can not run a half marathon with a cold. I think you would die. It is too long.

Yesterday it was too warm, so everybody was slower than normal. For me and my nightbour who participated too, it was a very hard fight. After half of the way we already were dired. People started to overtake use. The longer the race was, the more people were overtaking me.

It is always frustrating if you are slower than such a lot of competitors. Finally I was happy that I were able to finish. This was really one of the hardes runs I had up to now. 21 kilometers is very long if you go as fast as you can. Running 12 kilometers is easy in comparision to this.

The last running, around Wäggitalersee was a fun compared to yesterday. But I will again participate next year. As a whole its just fun. The more races I make, the more fun I have.

Wäggitalerseelauf

Waeggitalersee
Waeggitalersee

There is as small valley with an artificial lake near Einsiedeln. It is called Wäggital and the lake exists since 1924. Each year there is a running race around the lake.

We participated this year for the first time. Is is about 12.8 kilometers and on Friday evening. This year was the 20th race. The winner had 43 minutes. We finished in less than on hour, 59:46!

Such a short race is like a sprint. You can go go go. At the last 500 meters I were even strong ennough to make a sprint and overtake a competitor. I am in good condition this year. I already jogged several times from the office to our flat, a distance of more than 20 kilometers and elevation of about 500 meters.

This gives power. We want to redo the Luzern marathon this year, and I am already able to go more than 30 kilometers without getting to dired.

Luzern Marathon 2008

Lucerne Marathon
Lucerne Marathon

This was my first marathon. We had the idea this spring, when we finished another race in Bern. We decided to train the whole summer and increase distance 10 kilometers per month.

It was not as hard as expected. The problem for us was, that the wider you go the longer you go and beginning with 30 kilometers, you need quite long for the trainging (in our case about 3 hours). And then there comes a time, when you dont want to run any longer.

But yesterday we did the marathon in Luzern. It was a beautiful race, lot of people and music, nice wether, not to cold and not to hot. I were able to go quite fast until kilometer 28. But there I ran into the “wall” as it is called.

My paces became smaller and smaller. I had to stop from time to time to make some streching. But at least I were able to finish my first marathon.

Though there were thousends of participants faster than I, am proud about my performance and I will try to make marathon also the next year. But I should train a litte more …