Kissinger Half Marathon, my second Half Marathon

The picture is showing me when I had run 7 kilometers and just started my second lap out of three. I show with my finger that I just completed my first lap. It was also people who ran just one lap (7 km) and people who ran two laps. My day from the beginning:

  • I went to bed at 10:30 p.m. yesterday but it was hard to fall asleep due to the tivoli Augsburger Plärrer (I live close to Plärrer) and I could hear noice from there. I slept not very deep through the night. I woke up at 3:50 a.m. to the sound of what I thought was someone knocking on the entrance downstairs. I didn’t care to do anything, I went to the kitchen and drunk some water.
  • I had breakfast at 07:00 a.m., three sandwiches with eggs, porridge and juice.
  • I started to bike the 11 kilometers to Kissing at 08:50 a.m. and I arrived at 09:30, half an hour before the start. It was a good warm up but I ran a little bit around the start area too and it had just started to rain a little bit.
  • The first part of the track – the straight road along the railway – was very boring to run (see map of the track on an earlier blog post). It was also asphalt. The second half of the lap was better, the gravel ground along Lech enabled me to think less and enter the inner “bubble” where everything is seamless. That is the stage
  • The rain stopped at the second lap. I ran with my old shoes, the three year old shoes which my feet are used to and I had no problems at all (compared with my new shoes which are not yet “ready” for longer distances).
  • The runners was spread out on the second lap but I had one person which were running in my tempo so we could keep a good phase and help each other to lead but I was 17 seconds faster than him in the end.

  • My finish time was 1:31:45, which I am very happy with even though my goal was 1:30:00.
    • (4:38 min/ km on average).
  •  It was 90 male runners who ran the 21 kilometers, I finished as the 22nd position. The winner had a time of 1:11:50 and the slowest man had 2:16:53.
    • If I count all half marathon runners, including women, I finished at the 25th position out of 114 runners.

  •  I stretched, took a fruit and some water and biked home again in the increasing rain. I was at home at 1 p.m.
  • At 10 in the evening, I got a text message from the “running- coach” who has recruited me to one of his running teams (and will recruit me to another running competition). He greeted me to the nice performance and I understood that he had looked it up on the website of Kissinger Halbmarathon.

Conclusion of preparations

Half Marathon Preparations theme- board
Preparation of things. The weather fore cast says rain even though it didn’t rain today although it “should have”. The train departures to Kissing, it is possible to bike to Kissing, it takes around 40-45 minutes in a “normal” speed. I might need to start to bike at ≈ 8:30 or 8:45 a.m. It is possible to shower there. The start time is 10 a.m. I have prepared with a lot of carbohydrates some days ago. Today I biked to Kissing and walked one lap of the track. One lap is 7 km, one need to run three laps. It is 50% asphalt and 50% gravel. The first part of the track – along the rail road – is quite boring.

11th Kissinger Half marathon, a Start Number from last year…

I called the gym in Kissing this afternoon and asked if the start numbers had arrived and they had. I biked this way to Kissing to get it. The temperature was great for biking the 11 km to Kissing although it rained a  little bit from time to time. It took me 40 minutes to get there. The parking lot is behind the start number and the gym’s entrance is behind the crane. The start is at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, it is less than 200 people that has signed up. The weather forecast says rain and 18 C. But on the other hand, it was risk for rain today too, but it didn’t rain much so I hope that it will be good weather in the end. I just wonder why it says “10. Kissinger Halb Marathon 25. August 2013” on the Start Number.
I thought it was the year 2014 and that the race will be held this Sunday, the 31st of August…

Leakage from the roof

Läckage från taketIt has started to leak in water from the roof due to two days of quite heavy rain. I noticed it yesterday late afternoon. I have put a tin can with a cloth in it on the floor to absorb/ collect the rain water. I need to inform the landlord about this. The mark has been ever since I started to rent the apartment. The weather forecast for this week says that it might rain every day accept from on Thursday. I better keep the tin can on the floor. Today it has rain and stopped, rain and stopped, on and off.

Volvo med svenska nummerplåtar i Augsburg

Svensk Volvo i Augsburg 140720Jag såg denna svenska Volvo V40 under en cykeltur i Augsburg idag. Att den är svensk ser man dels för att det är ett gammalt skattemärke i mitten och på typsnittet, nollorna är hela. De tyska nummerplåts-nollorna är inte hela, de har ett snitt uppe till höger och är även mer fyrkantiga än de svenska. Dessutom stod det på den nedre, svarta delen av registreringsskylten. När jag sedan kom hem från min cykeltur skrev jag ett litet meddelande (ett meddelande likt det meddelande som jag skrev till de två svensk registrerade lastbilarna som jag såg i vintras). Jag tog på mig löpkläder för att jogga vid Siebentischwald. I stället för att cykla den vanliga vägen till skogen cyklade jag förbi Volvon igen som fortfarande stod parkerad ett stenkast ifrån Schwedenstige, för att lämna mitt meddelande på vindrutan. När jag lämnat lappen och nästan kommit fram till Siebentischwald började det naturligtvis att regna. Det var en kort, 15-20 minuter, men kraftig regnskur. Min papperslapp måste ha gått sönder och texten borde vid det här laget vara totalt oläslig. Naturen hindrar mig från att komma i kontakt med svenskar här i Augsburg.

Löpningen då?

-Jo, jag sprang ca 5800 meter i duggregn (vatten som droppade från grenar och löv) på 28 minuter. Jag har blivit ca 3-4 minuter långsammare på den sträckan jämfört med ca 1 månad sedan.