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Month in review

September 2020

Running: 131.6km / 2382m elev / 13:33:32 total time

Walking: 93.79km / 1841m elev / 19:39:53 total time

Cycling: 323.50km / 2812m elev / 11:31:43 total time

Total time outside: 44h45

Average weight: 82.1kg / Average Body Fat: 15.6%

September was a marked improvement over August, at least as far as running and walking/hiking was concerned. Having the first two weeks of the month off work helped with the amount of time I was able to spend outside (a whopping 45 hours!), and as a consequence I walked/hiked on 19 days of the month and ran on 15. With a renewed focus on my feet, and bad weather towards the end of the month cycling took a hit, however; I ended up only cycling on 7 days (4 of which were work commute days where I clocked about 60km each). All this movement contributed to losing a bit of weight and body fat.

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Month in review

August 2020

Running: 28.37km / 444m elev / 2:47:40 total time

Walking: 22.60km / 309m elev / 3:44:14 total time

Cycling: 416.19km / 4120m elev / 18:54:07 total time

Total time outside: 25h26

Average weight: 82.8kg / Average Body Fat: 16.3%

Well, those are the cold hard numbers. My fitness has gone down a lot in 2020, and my body composition has suffered. The silver lining over the past couple of months has been an increase in cycling kilometers; but that in itself has not been enough to revert the trend.

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Year in review

2019 in numbers

Some numbers for 2019.

I walked/hiked 559km with 12300Hm of vertical elevation (of which 3800Hm were on the treadmill). (2018: 460km/7300Hm)

I ran 588km with 14000Hm of elevation. (2018: 1698km/50200Hm)

I cycled 4431km with 36700Hm of elevation (2018: 2331km/16900Hm)

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Injuries

Patience

Couch leg: 1
Pinky Toe: 0

Yep. A few days after I write a blog entry about overcoming a year-long plantar fascia injury, and the day after I make my first appearance at a track training; I bump into the leg of the couch and (presumably) break my pinky toe on the right foot. So far, the prognosis is from 2 to 4 weeks of forced (running) break. The good part about injuring myself straight after another injury is that I can’t really lose much fitness.

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Injuries Running

Back from a year-long injury?

On July 1st 2018, I ran my first 42k race, Marathon du Mont-Blanc. At the end of the same month, I also ran the 32km Saarschleifen Run. But somewhere in between on a training run, I jumped over a small stream and landed on the embankment with only the forefoot of my left leg.

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Commuting

Commuting in January 2019

At the beginning of January 2019, I started tracking my work commutes. In recent years, both external factors and my own thoughts about sustainability have caused me to re-evaluate the old-fashioned habit of taking a car commute as granted.

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Race report

Race Report: Mamores VK 2018 (5km / 1000Hm): DNF @ 4km

In running, as with everything in life, there’s good days and there’s bad days. Inevitably, you need to make decisions based on the cards you’re dealt. At Kilometer 4 my body told me “I’ve had enough” and I turned around even though I’d already covered 80% of the distance and 90% of the elevation.

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Race report

Race Report: Inferno half marathon 2018 (21km / 2175 Hm)

Einstein may or may not have said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Likewise in trail running, expecting to do better at a race you’ve done the previous year without having done a better preparation may indeed be, well, insane.

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Race report

Race Report: Saarschleifen Run (32.5km 900Hm)

“Don’t go out too hard” is pretty much the universal advice for long distance trail running. So why was I in an unlikely second place the entire first Kilometer?

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Race report

Race Report: Marathon du Mont-Blanc (42.2km, 2730m+ / 1700m-)

“How do you know a runner has done a marathon? – they’ll tell you”. So here I am to tell you about my very first marathon. And because I like a good challenge, I didn’t just pick a flat and boring road marathon but an iconic race in the mountains with plenty of elevation gain and loss.