Kissinger Half Marathon, my second Half Marathon

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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.

Bike trip to Friedberg


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After I picked up the start number for the Half marathon, I decided to bike to Friedberg, a village outside of Augsburg to see how it looked like. I have heard that a Half Marathon will take place in Friedberg in September and it will be quite hilly. It turned out that it was quite hilly and also very, very beautiful and picturesque. I already knew that Augsburg is beautiful, but Friedberg is – in my world – something extra. Narrow streets, old buildings, calm, quiet, a old (and not longer working) water tower for the village everything embraced by a city wall. Everything built on a hill. It was also a castle there, that is nowadays a museum which I want to visit at some point. I really want to run the Half marathon at this beautiful place. I took a lot of pictures but choose to publish the ones that have the little extra cosy feeling on the blog.

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What an amazing view this family must have.

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I planned to pick up the start number for the Half Marathon

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This morning on my way to work, I stopped by in Kissing, 11 kilometers south of Augsburg. I wanted to get my start number for the Half marathon on Sunday and when I signed up, it said on the registration that the start numbers could be picked up from today. The start number (and possible other stuff for the race) are provided by Fitpoint, a gym in Kissing with a kindergarden (!) where parents could leave their children while they were exercising.

When I asked for the material at the reception, they said (not surprisingly) that the material had not arrived yet and asked me to come back tomorrow afternoon (the opening hours are 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.). Funny that  five beer brands are sponsoring a gym, or rather: the gym offers those five beer brands in the lounge area.

The very last day of the Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor, 2014

This clip is recorded the very last day of the festival Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor — August 10th, 2014 — in Augsburg. The Key Fiddle player and his companion, the woman who plays a drum — which I spoked with — are present in the video.

A Key Fiddle musician at the Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor

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When I walked around at the area of the Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor today, the very last day of the festival, I got surprised. I saw a couple of musicians at the other side of a dining tent. They were walking around and played music for the guests of the “restaurant”.

I decided to go and listen to them while they were playing and then talk to them. I suspected that the man was playing the instrument Key Fiddle, which I also have learnt to play. The man was playing the smallest type of Key Fiddle that exists. Although we spoked german to each other, I used the swedish word “nyckelharpa”Nyckelharpa is a quite common word internationally and all those who play the instrument are familiar with the word. He explained to me that it was a Key Fiddle, with three strings — an A- string, a C- string and a more lighter C- string. He said that he had not a proper bow, he used a bow which he couldn’t adjust the tension.

I asked him if he had tried to play on a bigger Key Fiddle but he hadn’t. I asked if he knew anyone else in Germany, or in the area that also played Key Fiddle. He said that he had talked with a guest at the festival. A woman who came from Cologne which also played Key Fiddle. He said that most germans — at least in the south part of the country — are not aware of the instrument Key Fiddle. I said that I came from Sweden and I had a Key Fiddle of “normal” (bigger) size at home which my grandfather had built and that I had learn how to play it on a few summer workshops in Sweden. I also told him that I believed that the Key Fiddle originally came from Germany to Sweden, for a long time ago.

Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor in Augsburg

This Friday, I visited the Historisches Fest am Wertachbrucker Thor and recorded some video clips. I put together some of the clips to this video. Here is more info. See also this video by the newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine.

Find one fault

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I saw this balcony with these two flags at Volkhartstraße in Augsburg today. I agree, it makes sense to have the darkest color in the bottom of a composition, it makes a composition more stable, but this is wrong. What does the colors in the german flag stand for? Black is a color which I associate darkness.