Sunday, 16 December 2012

Indoor Marathon - Vienna

THE VENUE

TRADE STANDS  

RACE REGISTRATION 

A SEASONAL FOREST

MUSIC AND LIGHTS 

THE HALF-MARATHON RACE

START/FINISH AREA

SOUVENIR TIME

This morning, being Sunday, I caught the underground train U2 to Vienna's Exhibition Centre in order to see Vienna's first indoor marathon. It was the sheer novelty of the idea of having a 26.2 mile race indoors that induced me to go and take a look.

As you can see I took my camera.

As a trail and mountain runner the idea of an indoor course didn't particularly appeal to me and consequently I didn't participate in any of the races.

Another reason I didn't run was the prohibitive entry fee. I calculated that for the cost of entering the indoor marathon I could participate in several mountain and trail races; up to half a dozen would be possible.

The Messe Wien is a building of monster proportions in which 16 laps is 26miles.

The amplified rock music was not a comfortable experience from a spectator point of view although I can imagine that it served to push along many a tiring runner through to the finish line.

I arrived when the half marathon (8 laps) was in progress. I left 15 minutes after the full marathon started.

Someone gave me a yellow carrier bag containing a couple of sports drinks and other items and I entered a free draw to win a pair of Brooks running shoes.

Interesting morning.





Thursday, 13 December 2012

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT


Sometimes you simply have to dig into your reserves. This is often as much a mental as a physical exercise. I think it helps if you are in a beautiful location such as this lakeside path in the Austrian Alps.
Of course it's important that you have prepared adequately for the race and have the miles in your legs.

The right diet is important too as I am now discovering. Foods I used to shun: figs, dates, black treacle, etc., are now part of my eating regime. And foods I used to partake of eagerly I have now cut by 70%-80%, especially beers and wines. Some like refined sugar, meats containing fat and deep fried foods I have eliminated altogether. After all, food is fuel. And you can't run a highly tuned benzine motor on tractor diesel. I think it's the same with the human engine. For a decent performance you require the most suitable type of fuel in your tank.

In the above 15.5km race I placed 3rd in the Over 60's category.


Tuesday, 11 December 2012