Erik’s Results | - Part 2

42. Göltzschtal-Marathon (01.10.2011): 10km – 35:03 (1st place)

After almost 1 month without any faster running I was having a first test last weekend. During the last weeks I had a lot of trouble with my hip/pelvis/lower back and I could only run low intensity.
The race was ok because the problems did not get worse during or after the race and I was pain-free.

Results here.

21. Friedrichsbrunner Abendlauf (25.06.2011): 10km – 34:45 (4th place)

During a weekend training camp in the Harz region I competed in a hilly 10km race together with my training mates Falk and Martin. Since I don’t like to run hills it was a tough day for me but at least another stimulus and the strength will hopefully help me.

Unfortunately I missed the podium because there was a pretty good ski racer who made some cross training and obviously had no problems with the hills.

The next day we ran a 30+K training run and got kind of lost in the forests. We came back to our place after around 3hours of running and even drank some water from a rivulet. You can imagine that it took some time to recover from this weekend….

29. Int. Neusser Sommernachtslauf (18.06.2011): 10km -33:32 (1st place)

After all a race victory again. After a long day (some 5h of driving, visiting the ASICS-headquarters and being at the ASICS-greeting) the race started in the evening at 21.00. In optimal weather conditions I ran a controlled race, supported some of my ASICS-frontrunner colleagues and finally went on to win the race after about 7km with a short acceleration.

It was a great event, which was organised for the ASICS-frontrunner. I can say that I’m really happy to be a frontrunner. Not only the support with training equipment (shoes and clothing) but also the community is very supportive.

5. Kassel Marathon 2011: DNF

Right now I ran 3 marathons in my life. So far, all of them went really well and with times between 2:21h and 2:25h I always showed a good performance. This marathon history now has a first black spot. In my 4th try at the marathon distance I didn’t reach the finish. After 28km I dropped out.

With the worst preparation ever for a marathon, the signs were not good and I didn’t expect an astonishing performance or a fast race. However, I thought I could go sub 2:30h and win the German University Championships that were part of the marathon. On a warm day (approx. 22°C at the start) I never found my rhythm and got the first problems already after 15km when my back got tight. The misery continued as my left achilles tendon was aching only couple of kilometers later. Furthermore the legs got more and more heavy and the muscles were getting more and more tense with every step. I reached halfmarathon at around 1:15:30h and at this point I thought I could still make it to the finish with a reduction of pace. The plan didn’t work and at 27k I was stretching my hamstrings because they were about to start cramping. With 15km to go and being in heavy pain, I decided to drop. I don’t know if I would have made it to the finish line. But even if I would have, the time would have been incredible bad and – more importantly – I would have destroyed the next couple of weeks.

Of course the disappointment is there but marathon takes its toll.

6. Goitzsche Marathon 2011 (08.05): halfmarathon – 1:14:03h (2nd place)

The second race of that weekend. After the track 10.000 the day before, it was the 21,1K. The weekend was supposed to be a marathon-specific training and afterwards I can say: It was. The halfmarathon went better than expected and especially the first 15 kilometers felt really easy. Despite the fact that the kilometers were only 10-12 seconds slower than the day before, the pace felt very comfortable.

Results are here.


6. Goitzsche Marathon 2011

State Championships of Saxony-Anhalt in Halle/S (07.05.2011): 10.000m – 33:09,16 min (8th place)

The first race of a tough weekend. As planned I was not running all out. Conditions were pretty warm but it should not be the problem to beat the heat for half an hour. I thought the time would be better but the legs didn’t have the required freshness and thére was no kick or change of speed.

Results are here.

21. Citylauf Arnstadt 2011 (30.04) : 10km – 33:08min (5th place)

A test run for training purposes. Just to get some fast kilometers and build some confidence by not running above my own capabilities. This way I could control my stride and ran a fast kilometer. I even ran away from the group I was following for most of the race.

Results are here.

German Championships Halfmarathon 2011 in Griesheim: 1:10:58 (38th place)

The race is already a couple of days old but I’n not wiser now than I was immediately after the race.  I ran faster and ranked higher than in last year’s halfmarathon championships but that was not the aim. The aim was to run sub-70 and I missed it. The first 10k were ok and I ran araound 33:05min. Until 15k I was still feeling ok, but then the back was tightening up and the legs were getting heavier with every km. Still I passed a couple of runners (and some passed me).

The starting time of 11.30 was unusual and the fact that quite a lot of runners dropped out indicate that the conditions were not ideal.

Now I know where I am and what I have to do in the next couple of months.


21. Dresdner Citylauf 2011: 10km – 32:37min (8th place)

Two weeks after the 10K race in Eilenburg it was time for another competition this weekend. Already on Saturday we (fellow marathoner Falk and me) drove to Dresden and spent the night in the race Hotel. The evening before was kind of funny, because there was a horrible pre-race dinner that consisted of Schnitzel, 3-4 potatoes and some veggies – obviously all from the freezer … maybe the worst pre-race dinner I got served ever. So we had no other choice than to go for another, “real” dinner at a Chinese / Sushi Bar where we got our stomachs finally filled with some good carbs.

The race itself once again went neither too bad nor too good. Positive things first: last year I was 90 seconds slower so there is some improvement compared to last year. Otherwise I was expecting a better time and especially: better legs. The previous week, training was reduced a lot to get some freshness, but during the race I couldn’t feel anything of it. Crossing the finish line, I was actually less exhausted than in the last race even though the course was more difficult this time. The legs were not moving as fast as I wanted them to move and the stride wasn’t fluid. Let’s see what the next weeks will bring. The winter training was good and there should be some faster times in the coming.

The next highlight will be the treadmill test next Wednesday and there will be a post with the results of the test.

Results of the race were posted here already.


15. Mazdalauf Eilenburg 2011: 10km – 32:29min (7th place)

The first race for me in spring was a 10K in nice conditions on a flat course. Friday night our training group decided to run the race instead of doing a tempo session on the weekend.

The race was just as expected. I wanted to run 33 minus X and that X turned out to be 31 seconds. The first two thirds of the race went really well and I was running even splits until approximately km 7. At this point I was chasing some guys but somehow I couldn’t keep the pace and the muscles were getting more and more tense.

Once I will get some more speed work done and less mileage in training (=fresher legs), the times will improve. Due to the fact that I missed 3 of the 4 last tempo sessions I should not be too unsatisfied with my performance.

Results of the mens category:
1 Falk, Cierpinski SG Spergau 78 M30 00:30:37
2 Frank, Schauer SC Magdeburg 89 M20 00:30:59
3 Fabian, Borggrefe SG Spergau 72 M35 00:31:53
4 Sebastian, Harz SV Hermsdorf 80 M30 00:32:05
5 Steffen, Tostlebe SV Blau Weiß Bürgel 87 M20 00:32:10
6 Martin, Butzlaff SC Magdeburg 72 M35 00:32:13
7 Erik, Haß SG Spergau 82 M20 00:32:29
8 Thomas, König LC Oelsnitz/ Erz. 65 M45 00:33:12
9 Samuel, Diedering ADREIKA-Team/LAV Halensia 89 M20 00:33:32
10 Eric, Glauche SCDHfK Leipzig 87 M20 00:33:33


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