Today's 21 km training run (mixed surface / hilly terrain)
That's the last training run in the bag. Between now and 7th May a couple of easy jogs of 30 minutes or so should get me to the start line feeling as fit as a fiddle. I'm hoping I can once again reach the 12 kms point before the Catcher Car sweeps me up! To win this race, if you're a male athlete, you must be able to run for about 80 kms before the Catcher Car gets you. Now that really takes some doing!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 . . .
The city's outdoor swimming pools will be opening in a couple of weeks. Mostly on or about 1st May.