Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Wings for Life World Run 2017



Just had an official email confirming my entry. It'll be my second year in the race. When I've finished I'll still have time to get home and watch the final stages on the internet platform Red Bull TV. The winner, who is the last one left running in the whole world, will have to run at least 80 kms. Last year the men's winner was from Italy and the women's was in Japan. The Japanese woman ran in the dark, as all the worldwide races in 33 countries start at at exactly the same time. Contestants in other countries where there is no official race can still compete by downloading the Wings for Life App.

Monday, 24 April 2017

The Second Long Run



The bus took me from the railway station at Heiligenstadt to my starting point about halfway up the first hill. Ströck (the logo on the horse's neck) is the name of a bakery. They make good bread.


After 10 minutes of gentle uphill running I was on the desired path.


The Vienna Woods is a working forest. There's always something to do. After the recent storms many trees have to be cleared from the paths.


This path leads to the first summit of Hermann's Kogel.  At 542 mtrs it's the highest point within the Vienna boundary.


A glimpse of the city below. The faint blue stripe to the left of centre is the Danube river.


The summit and the old Habsburg Tower nowadays adorned with modern electronics.


On the way to the next hilltop a fallen tree blocks my chosen path. I make a small diversion.


I meet two Japanese ladies. They are photographing a pond. This gives me an idea. They agreed to take my photo.

Ascending the Hameau which has a small plateau on top (464 mtrs) and an information board.  There are paths and trails in many directions. I take one going north-east.

Ten minutes short of 3 hours, with a 10 minute stop for cake and coffee, I reach my destination.

The distance is not relevant. I have no way of recording it, and anyway with my new training schedule it's time on my feet that really matters.

All in all it was a fine way to spend a Monday morning, and it satisfactorily brings to an end the second week of my new training system  (which is outlined in one of the posts below).





Saturday, 15 April 2017

Springing into Action!


My weekly training plan for 2017 is now taking shape:

Day 1 -
Day 2 - 1 hour run
Day 3 -
Day 4 - 3 hour run (increasing 4 hour run)*
Day 5 -
Day 6 -
Day 7 - 2 hour run

The venue for the long run will normally be the Lainzer Tiergarten on the outskirts of Vienna or a similar area elsewhere - e.g. the Lobau.

The short and medium runs will normally be in the Vienna Woods. The running surface will be mostly off-road: woodland paths, forest trails, lakeside paths, parkland etc..

The purpose of the new training plan is to build a solid fitness base for 2018, a year  which I hope will be a memorable year featuring some exciting running challenges.

Here, shown with arrowed black dashes, is an approximately 20 km route almost exclusively in the Lainzer Tiergarten. It starts and finishes at the Hutteldorf Railway Station (Line S45).





*Long Run includes a refreshment stop. Hermes Villa is convenient for Apple Strudel and Coffee!


Update (1)

The 2 hour medium length run was ticked off on the 17th.

It was about 18 kms (12 laps) over meadows and paths. (Türkenschanz Park near Gersthof S45 Line).

Showers - quite heavy.

Next week - same basic plan: 1 x Short, 1 x Long, 1 x Medium.


Update (2)

I had to dig out my balaclava and gloves for my 1 hour short run on the 19th over local parkland braving a stiff breeze and snow flurries!

Conditions were a bit fresh today to use a well worn Pennine understatement.  


Update (3)

On the 21st I tackled my medium run (2 hrs) in Vienna Woods on snowy and muddy trails, some flowing like streams, others  littered with broken branches and uprooted trees. It was an enjoyable and wet footed experience. The sun was shining and I only saw one other runner. We exchanged knowing smiles! The next run, after two recovery days, will be the weekly long run (3 hours). And so it goes . . .


Footnote:

The city's outdoor swimming pools will be opening in a couple of weeks. Mostly on or about 1st May.




Thursday, 9 February 2017

A Winter Training Spree!

Enter Here!

Navigate

beyond black water

 to a picnic place

with a swing

and man on a ski machine!

A Bridge too far?

Beyond the frozen pond then . . . 

Monday, 30 January 2017

Another Running Year Dawns




Three Italians, two Austrians and one Welshman fuelled with modest amounts of wine and beer, and greater portions of salad and pasta took part in the trilingual run known as the - Winter night run on snow! - Corsa in notturna sulla neve! - Winter nachtlauf auf schnee! - in the Italian Dolomites at the weekend.

I'm not sure of the distances involved but I heard it mentioned that the courses were over 10.1 kms and 7.5kms. The Italians opted for the longer distance, and the rest of us for the shorter distance.

The choice of the shorter race by the non-Italian runners in our group was due to the complicated race administration procedure and the medical certificate requirement.

In Italy (for overseas runners) it is easier to enter shorter races in the category non-competitiva.

This was my first 'proper' run of 2017.

I think I finished somewhere in midfield in a time of 45 minutes.

Parts of the trail through the woods were illuminated by oil lamps placed in the snow and provided runners with a magical, almost surreal experience.

At the finish line someone called out my name and someone else gave me a cup of tea and a doughnut.

The temperature was about -6 C and over the mountains Venus hovered brightly in the crystal clear night.

A wonderful start to another year of off-road running.

Belissimo!