Saturday, 15 July 2017

Over 'The Hill'

The Hill is not long.

Maybe it's 2 kms.

It has 8 bends.

There are two steep sections. The steepest is after bend 7, with a gradient of 10%.

Halfway up The Hill there is a runner on a concrete wall.

I attack The Hill on my one hour training runs.

I like The Hill.   Running over The Hill is exhilarating.

At the top of The Hill the road ends     and the trail begins.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A 1/5th Marathon

On Sunday I went to a picture postcard location in Upper Austria to take part  in a "1/5th marathon",- a scenic 2 lap race which included an off-road trail around the perimeter of a green peninsula protruding into the Traunsee lake.

The start and finish locations were in the town square of Gmunden - and as the race got underway the bells of the town hall clock chimed 10am.

Runners in a shorter race, a "1/10th marathon" taking place at the same time and over the same course wore red numbers.  The rest of us wore green, and since the numbers were worn on our fronts it made for an interesting challenge. To chase or not to chase, that was the question.

A first for me was that I was the oldest competitor in a race. I guess it had to happen sooner or later!

With this useful string bag souvenir for my bits and pieces I can now pretend to be a triathlete!  

8.4 kms Gmunden 9th July 2017

1. E Seid (ETH) - 27:30
113. G Williams (GBR) - 45:49

134 Finishers

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Long Run in Waldviertel

The area around Zwettel (think beer!) presents the runner with wide skies, long horizons, and meditative solitude. Ideal for a long run.

The training pace was gentle and I managed to sustain it for 4 hours (the overall time includes 2 x 10 minute breaks for refreshments - the first after 1 hour and the second after 3 hours).

I arrived back at my starting point feeling comfortable and relaxed.

It was great to know that 4 hours on my feet holds no horrors!

Preparation for September's half-marathon and beyond, with the new training system, is on course.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Pfandl Result

The 27th Iso-Radler Dammlauf took place on 5th June 2017 in and around the village of Pfandl in Upper Austria.

The 7.4km  race is known as "the dam race" because the course runs along a gravel trail atop the embankment of the Ischl River. It is a scenic course with views of many mountains and hills including the Katrin, the High Schrott, the Jainzen and the Zimnitz. Conditions on the day were warm and humid, meaning there was little chance of any records being broken. For myself, I was about 4 or 5 minutes adrift of my 2016 time but nevertheless quite pleased with my age-related performance finishing officially 8th of 11 in my final year in the M60 class.

A major highlight of my day was meeting the enthusiastic Josy Simon, age 83, who can boast world records for 100 kms and 50 kms amongst his many achievements.

1.  A Englebrecht    (Team Sport Lichtenegger). 24:10:10
27. C Wimmer         (LG St Wolfgang).  1L 29:58:20
149 G Williams       (Clayton Harriers).  M60 43:41:80

177 finishers

Monday, 29 May 2017

Normal Training Resumed

So many trails . . .

Ready for the off . . . 

Fringing the wine gardens . . . 

A wild flower paradise . . . 

My 'local runner' leads the way . . . 

Hello Poppy!

Scanning the horizon . . .  for a suitable tavern? 

This morning's run was of one hour duration. My guide for the day, that's him in the bottom picture, picked the route and I simply followed. We didn't get lost.

The path on which my friend H is standing is part of the so-called Rundumadum - a waymarked walking route which follows the Vienna boundary.

As indicated by the map in the top picture we started in the Bisamberg area.

I wore long socks as a layer protection against any Zecken (ticks) which might be lying in wait alongside the path. That's shown in the second photo.

We soon emerged into open meadows and sunlight. The other photos give some idea of the terrain, the wide sky, and the wild flowers to be seen along the way.

Afterwards we went to a wine tavern for lunch. I had a spinach strudel and a mixed salad washed down with red grape juice.

That's the short run out of the way. The medium and long runs for the week are waiting in the wings.*

The summer beckons.

*Flexible plans are important!  The week's training turned out to be 4 runs -  each of 1hr 00 to 1hr 30mins duration.  Not quite what I'd envisaged!

Back to normal next week?
Well, that's the idea!