Sunday, 14 October 2018

An Autumn Run on the WWWWW near Laaben

Autumn is in the Vienna Woods so what could be better than  20 km  out-and-back course with 475 mtrs (1558 ft) +/- for a solid training run!  The yellow line shows my route to a convenient summit and incorporated trail 622 and trail 404 (Vienna Woods Long Distance Path otherwise known as  Wienerwaldweitwanderweg or WWWWW).

Naturally I took my camera with me.

In the Vienna Woods a map is essential

An afternoon run in autumn sunshine

Reflections in a pond

Klamm means Ravine, Gorge or Canyon

Roadside gravel verges are ideal for trail runners!

A bench made for one!

The path disappearing into the woods

Now running through the trees

Sign for the End of Path 622

Along the WWWWW

Looking back over my route 

On the Durlaswaldhöhe summit at 774mtrs.

After appreciating the view to the west from the top of the hill I retraced my steps to my starting point near Wöllersdorf (Laaben). Time taken 2 hrs 15 mins.

Friday, 12 October 2018

On Venice Lido

A few days in Italy recently included a couple of jogging sessions on the sands of the Venice Lido. 

After the sand and surf I was pleased to get back to one of my regular training haunts the dog-free Lainzer Tiergarten Park where I completed a 26 kms (appx 16 miles) training run (route shown in black marker) using the run-walk-run method. 

I was in no hurry and settled for the following: 10 minutes running, 5 minutes walking, 10 minutes running. Next time I go I shall do try hilly run  from point 'A' (altitude 214 mtrs / 702 ft) ) to the summit (508 mtrs / 1666 ft) and back, taking in some smaller hills along the way.   

The weather continues warm and settled, although the early mornings are rapidly becoming cooler.

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Map is not the Territory

Weather experts are forecasting rain and stormy weather for the weekend, therefore I decided to make the most of today's favourable conditions (warm and sunny) and take myself for a 'stroll in the park', the park in this case being the Lainzer Tiergarten.

The strategy was to use a modified run-walk-run method: I'd run for 15 minutes and then walk for 5 minutes, and I'd repeat these 20 minute blocks of running and walking for as long as it takes, which when I arrived back at my starting point was 3 hrs and 45 mins.

'The map is not the territory' (Paulo Coelho I think)  but the distance covered, as near as I could work it out with a 'map' and 'a piece of string'  was 33 kms (20.5 miles) with a guesstimated total +/- of 400 meters (1,300 ft).

The paths are a maze of forest-trails (orange)  and traffic-free service roads (red). The roads often have a convenient gravel path for running on at the side.

I purchased a wedge of chocolate-and-cherry cake at an eatery near the 18km point, but otherwise I survived the increasing heat by replenishing the water in my bottle at intervals. There are cold water taps provided by the park authorities along the way.

No wild boars were to be seen today! Perhaps they were sensibly resting themselves in the shady woods.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Front Page News!

You may imagine my delight when I saw my friend KETEMA on the cover of this month's edition of LAUFSPORT . . . 

The picture speaks for itself. The 2018 European Marathon Championships in Berlin. And in third place the Austrian team. 

I first met him at a low-key event in Vienna several years ago.  We quickly became friends.  I went to race venues with him in Vienna, Lower Austria and Carinthia and cheered for him, and when he started with his training camps in the Tirol I went there too. In those days we often met for an ice cream or a meal when he had time to spare. We went for long slow training runs in the Lobau National Park , the Lainzer Tiergarten and even on Schneeberg Mountain. We discussed his problems, his plans. He enrolled for a German course. Sometimes I'd meet him in the library. I wrote a letter of support in respect of his asylum application. Basically I think I helped him in my own small way to find his way around and to gain in confidence. It was a pleasure for me and I think  for him too. I don't see him so much now that he is an international athlete running for his adopted country of Austria. I follow his progress with more than a passing interest for apart from being a Red Bull Wings for Life world champion ultra distance runner (twice) he's an exceptional human being!  

Half Marathon Training - Running Pig Trail

I don't know which half marathon I'm training for!

I've just discovered that the half marathon I was planning to enter would require that I compete in the over 60s age group instead of the over 70s age group which is the group I should be in. 

So now I'm looking for another half. 

Meanwhile training goes on. Today's 18km taken at a sedate pace took approximately 2 tours. The 5 hills may have amounted to 250 mtrs of climbing.  

Start: The Running Pig

The Chapel on the Hill

A Wall of Wood

Information on a Sunny Path
 My train to the running venue, Lainzer Tiergarten, stops near Rapid Vienna's new stadium. 

The View from the Train