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Frankfurt

Event Stats:
Name Frankfurt Marathon
Date 10/31/2004 
Location Frankfurt, Germany
EventMarathon
Finish Time 4:14:54 (PB)

The first iteration of what is one of my favorite marathons, and a 13 minutes less than Regensburg. Great day.


Ja, wo laufen sie denn ... ?

Event Stats:
Name Forgenseedrumherumlauf
Date 10/2/2004
Location Fü;ssen, Germany
Event 32km run
Finish Time03:08:00


The following is taken from the official race report, which can be found here (with pictures and all):

"Vogel fliegt, Fisch schwimmt, Mensch läuft!" Mit dieser prägnanten Formel hat dereinst Emil Zatopek, läuferische Lichtgestalt der frühen fünfziger Jahre, später in den achtzigern viele Laufereignisse gestartet. Offensichtlich kannte er noch keinen Gleitschirmflieger. Der hätte ihn nämlich gewiß davon überzeugt, daß das Fliegen überhaupt erst das Menschsein ausmacht, die letzte Entwicklungsstufe vom bloßen homo erectus zum homo sapiens darstellt, sozusagen.

Aber auch vor das Abheben haben die Götter den (Start)Lauf gesetzt. In aller Regel nicht sehr weit, aber leidlich behende Beine sind schon hilfreich. Deshalb, und um der Degeneration dieser nützlichen Gliedmaßen vorzubeugen, treffen sich seit einigen Jahren Anfang Oktober die Gleitschirmflieger in Rieden a.F. z…

Karlsfelder Seelauf

Event Stats:
Name Karlsfelder Seelauf
Date 09/19/2004
Location Karlsfeld,Germany
Event Halfmarathon
Finish Time 01:54:08

Small local event. Ran with @Michbeck, but realized pretty soon that I was a little faster. So I picked up the pace. Pacing worked this time, as well as nutrition. Had a very strong finish and feel ready for Frankfurt. Michbeck finished only a couple of minutes behind.

Altötting Halbmarathon

Name Altötting Halbmarathon
Date 09/05/2004
Location Altötting, Germany
Event Halfmarathon
Finish Time 02:04:08

Great Organization,a good part of the race on trails,good cheer and beer at the finish. This was my first halfmarathon. Pacing worked well for the first 18km, then I picked up the pace way to early and ran out of gas with almost 2km left to go. Otherwise I think I could have stayed under 2 hours.

Once upon a time

Event Stats:
NameRegensburg Marathon
Date5/23/2004
LocationRegensburg, Germany
EventMarathon
Finish Time 04:28:43

The story begins 12 and a half weeks earlier. I am in the kitchen with @Fuzzel, the fourth bottle of wine is nearly empty. My current hypothesis: the physical limitations of the body are greatly overrated, mostly it is the head that leads you to quit. [I have much later found out that there is a corresponding theory about a central governor by South African Professor Tim Noakes. Maybe we drink the same wine]. Anyhow, to support my claim, I proclaimed that I would, on about two packs of Lucky Strikes a day, run a marathon.

The next morning I did two things:

a) I ordered a book about running from Amazon ("Runner's World. Das Laufbuch: Training, Technik, Ausrüstung"). Das war damals ungefähr das Beste, was es gab.

b) Having read that the training plans in said book are for twelve weeks, I looked what marathons were available twelve weeks from then. That was Regens…