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Hamburg Marathon 2011

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Hamburg Marathon 2011.

I want to run two marathons this year, one in the spring and one in the autumn. My original plan was to run in Antwerp at the end of April, but an accident a couple of months ago put paid to that idea. Hamburg was my backup plan, so I was a last minute entrant.

Germany’s second-biggest marathon, in it’s second-biggest city. I can’t fault the organisation, though we did get a little bit unlucky with the weather. Look at this chart of the temperature: Temperature graph for Hamburg, May 2011.

Lovely, isn’t it? A nice high right there on the Sunday morning when we were running, and although the course takes us through some very scenic spots there wasn’t much in the way of shelter when the sun got hot.

The organisers did have plenty of water stations (and there were more than a few kind folks spraying hoses into the crowd of runners, or handing out extra drinks all along the route), but it still made things tough.

I had to spend the first 10k or so dodging and weaving as well because I ended up in the very last starting wave, maybe because I was a late entrant. It all added up to me running a lot slower than I had planned, and by the half-way mark I knew I was in trouble with my pacing. My training probably wasn’t focused enough, too, because I found it increasingly hard to hold my pace as the second half came on. By the last 5k it was all I could do to keep running, any idea of making a decent pace had gone out the window. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to cross a finish line!

It was tough, but I really enjoyed this race. The atmosphere and the supporters were fantastic, and I had some great conversations with the other runners. Most of all, I ran the best race I had in me that day. It might not have been the finishing time I thought I wanted but it was a personal achievement to keep pushing as hard as I could when my body was demanding I stop, when the target was out of reach, and when I wanted to walk or stop instead of running.

So I’ll take this result and be happy. Then train hard in the summer, and aim for the target again in October!

Official:

place (M/W) 	1163
place (ag) 	177
place (total) 	1270
time total (netto) 	03:26:09
time total (brutto) 	03:40:52

10 km 	00:47:43 	47:43 	04:47 	12.58
20 km 	01:35:00 	47:17 	04:44 	12.69
Halb 	01:40:13 	05:13 	04:46 	12.60
30 km 	02:23:59 	43:46 	04:55 	12.21
40 km 	03:14:30 	50:31 	05:04 	11.88
Netto 	03:26:09 	11:39 	05:19 	11.30
Activity: Running Date: 2011-05-22
Distance (km): 42.67 Time (hh:mm:ss): 3:28:26
Max speed (km/h): 24.81 Avg speed (km/h): 12.28
Max pace (min/km): 2.25 Avg pace (min/km): 4.53
Max pulse: 0 Avg pulse: 0
Acc elevation (+m): 1873.13 Acc elevation (-m): 1876.98

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Egmond half marathon 2011

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Comments: Slow after the Christmas excess, and that headwind off the sea in the first half was brutal, but a fun race.

Official Results
Naam	Glenn Strong
Woonplaats	Dublin
Afstand	Halve marathon wedstrijd
Categorie	M35
Totaal plaats	370 / 1484
Categorie plaats	41
Snelheid	13,578 km/uur
10,5 kilometer	47:45
15 kilometer	1:07:15
Bruto tijd	1:33:52
Netto tijd	1:33:14




Activity: Running Date: 2011-01-09
Distance: 20.87 Time (hh, mm, ss): (1, 33, 15.0)
Max speed: 17.05 Avg speed (km/h): 13.43
Max pace (min/km): 3.31 Avg pace (min/km): 4.28
Max pulse: 0.0 Avg pulse: 0.0
Acc elevation +: 413.0 Acc elevation -: 415.0

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Dublin marathon 2010

Description: Dublin Marathon 2010

Great day for a run, clear skies and calm winds. Lovely race with enthusiastic support along almost all of the route keeping everyone moving. I ran into some pain about 14k from the end that made that last section a fight. Shins sparking with every stride and bridge of my foot a constant pain. Maybe nothing but a crease in my sock but it bloody hurt! Anyway, job done. Until the next time.

Official results:

Place
overall
Name From Cat. Place
in cat.
10km
time
1st-half
time
30km
time
Chip
time
Finish
time
812 Glenn Strong Irl M35 189 00:46:38 01:37:23 02:17:56 03:13:38 03:14:19

Garmin data:

Activity: Running Date: 2010-10-25
Distance: 42.61 Time (hh, mm, ss): (3, 13, 43.0)
Max speed: 16.4091025094 Avg speed (km/h): 13.1961418039
Max pace (min/km): 3.39 Avg pace (min/km): 4.32
Max pulse: 0.0 Avg pulse: 0.0
Acc elevation +: 1314.0 Acc elevation -: 1315.0

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Dublin half marathon, 2010

That’s more like it. Came in just under 90 minutes, and with better strategy I didn’t have to make a crazy dash at the end.

Chip time: 1:29:04
Clock time: 1:29:30


Activity: Running Date: 2010-09-18
Distance: 21.27 Time (hh, mm, ss): (1, 29, 6.0)
Max speed: 20.79 Avg speed (km/h): 14.33
Max pace (min/km): 2.53 Avg pace (min/km): 4.11
Max pulse: 0.0 Avg pulse: 0.0
Acc elevation +: 619.0 Acc elevation -: 628.0

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Bristol Half Marathon, 2010

Quick race report on last weeks Bristol Half. This is my second Bristol Half and I’ve enjoyed both. A good flat course, with a lovely scenic out-and-back along the Avon valley. Of course it wouldn’t hurt your opinion if you run a PB. Those 25 pesky seconds in the end were a shame. I did manage to catch up to my friend around the 17km mark and it was good to get some encouragement. I think I made my push just a little too late to get in under 90 minutes, though. Perhaps next time.

The race is very well organized, but the weather did not cooperate. Very wet, and as a result many people lost their timing chips! The chips came with short tyvek strips with glue on them, and we were advised to attach them to our shoes. I lost mine around the 7k mark, most likely after an encounter with a puddle. The Tyvek strip stayed in place so I was able to check it out later and found that the glue had lost all of it’s adhesive power. Fortunately the organizers were able to calculate official times by working with the photographers, so all 900 or so (really) runners who lost their chips still get official times.

In the summery below Pytrainer likes to calculate my speed to 12 places of accuracy, it seems. I’m not sure that I really need that detail, but there it is anyway…

Activity: Running Date: 2010-09-05
Distance: 21.43 Time (hh, mm, ss): (1, 30, 25.0)
Max speed: 23.3458866744 Avg speed (km/h): 14.2218936001
Max pace (min/km): 2.34 Avg pace (min/km): 4.13
Max pulse: 0.0 Avg pulse: 0.0
Acc elevation +: 891.0 Acc elevation -: 888.0

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Rotterdam Marathon 2010

Last year, around this time, I speculated that I might be ready for a half marathon. This year I got more ambitious:

Activity: Running Date: 2010-04-11
Distance: 42.8 Time (hh, mm, ss): (3, 29, 14.0)
Max speed: 24.74 Avg speed (km/h): 12.27
Max pace (min/km): 2.25 Avg pace (min/km): 4.53
Max pulse: 0.0 Avg pulse: 0.0
Acc elevation +: 1947.0 Acc elevation -: 1945.0

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(re start)

A year is long enough to be quiet I think…

20 Km

Along the loop I noticed evidence of the fortis “city pier loop”. Turns out there was a half-marathon being run today. Perhaps I should have registered, since I ended up running basically the same distance anyway!

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