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August 19, 2019

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Member Since:

Jan 23, 2018



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:


Merzig (04/09/05): 3:56:41

Cologne (05/09/11): 3:26:16

Frankfurt (07/10/28): 3:17:16

Essen (09/09/11): 3:23:34

Frankfurt (18/10/28): 3:16:46

Personal Bests:

10k 37:24 (2009)

HM 1:23:42 (2009)

M 3:16:46 (2018)


2004: unknown

          M 3:56:41

2005: unknown

          M 3:26:16

2006: 2405 km (1494 miles)

2007: 2705 km (1680 miles)

          M 3:17:16

2008: 2847 km (1768 miles)

2009: 3257 km (2023 miles)

          10k 37:24 / HM 1:23:42 / M 3:23:34

2010: unknown

2011-2015: break

2016: 762 km (473 miles)

          10k 43:00

2017: 1933 km (1200 miles)     

2018: 2907 km (1806 miles)

          10k 39:58 / HM 1:29:14 / M 3:16:46

2019: 10k 39:49 / HM 1:26:27

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • running more than 2000 miles in 2019
  • 10k < 39:00
  • HM < 1:27
  • M < 3:10

Long-Term Running Goals:

  • Staying healthy and enjoying running
  • Repeating my mantra again and again: Think less, run more, train smart, race better!
  • Running a marathon in 2:59 in 2020


married, two children, born 1981, 40 hours-a-week-job in a local townhall

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Miles:This week: 15.64 Month: 135.62 Year: 1415.71
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64' easy, 3x20" strides

Because tapering strategies are discussed, I want to offer mine in hope for some advice/opinions:

Sa: 3 hrs easy (last long run)

Su: 60' Jogging

Mo: rest day

Today: 60' easy, strides

We: 90' incl. 14k@MP (8,75 miles)

Th: 40' jogging (start of taper)

Fr: 40' easy, strides

Sa: 100' incl. 4x2k@MP/1k easy

Su: 40' jogging

Mo: rest day

Tu: 30' easy, strides

We: 60' incl. 4x1k@MP/1k easy

Th: 30' jogging

Fr: 30' easy, strides

Sa: 20' jogging, strides


I'm doing (just) a 10-day-taper for a few reasons: I trained well the last few weeks, but still at low mileage compared to most of you guys. Also, I wasn't as consistent as I wanted to be in the first half of the year (less than 1500 miles until today!). I believe every mile I run makes me a few seconds faster in the marathon and does me more good than tired. My weekly schedule this year was 5x60'+ 1x120'. I hope this is a rational taper.

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