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.
Today I ran my second marathon, the marathon of Luzern. We did our first marathon last year, also in Luzern. This time, we know the trace. I was better prepared than last year, I thought, but I needed 4 minutes more than last year.
This year the wall, how it is call, came at kilometer 35, much later than last year. Therefore it hit me harder. I was from time to time not longer able to run and had to walk for a while.
Finally I did it and everything is hurting me now, my legs, my back and even my shoulders. Though it is every year a fight against the pain, I will run another marathon next year.
I think man must be able to run a marathon. That should be the normal condition of a human. At least for me it is a fix part of my live. We train the whole summer to be able to make the 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 …