I had my best time until now. This was the fourth Engadiner ski marathon I did. The race was very fast this year and it was quite easy. I was not exhausted like in other years. Only the very last kilometer at the end was hard.
I am still in group “Allgemein A” which is not bad but would like to get once fast enough to start in the “Elite” group. But this maybe will never happen.
The whole event is really funny. We have to start at 3 am in the morning and go by car to Landquart from where we take a 2 hours train to St. Moritz and from there its another ride on a bus of about 20 minutes.
This lets us arrive in Maloja just before 7:00 where we put our skis to the start to be in one of the front lines when the race begins. We booked breakfast in “Maloja Palace” which is the very best option for waiting until the race starts at 8:50.
This year I did more skating than before and the marathon in Einsiedeln was a very good preparation. The marathon in Einsiedeln is much harder and I was at my very end in the finish.
Wow, that was hard, much harder than expected. I heard about this marathon and thought if I were able to do Luzern marathon, I should also be able to do this one, a month later.
But wrong thinking. Frauenfelder marathon is much more than a marathon. There are only a few starters, maybe 250 or something like that. It was already quite cold, raining a little bit at the beginning.
But what is really hard is that it is going up and down, up and down, up and down. You are running from hill to hill, from Frauenfeld to Wil, always going more up than anything else until Wil.
I started much to fast but did not want to be the last runner. And at the beginning I did not feel too bad. But at kilometer 18 or something like that, it started hurting in my legs and in Wil I almost were not able to run any more, such a hurt in my legs. I had to stop in Wil, after half the distance. Were running much too fast. Had less than 2 hours for 21 kilometers though it was going up and down. Much too fast.
I sat into the next train and went back by train to Frauenfeld. Was very unhappy, but think will retry next year. But then I have to do much much more training on long distances. Much more …
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.