The Big Goal for 2008 !

Well, why not be ahead of time ?

I have identified my great running goal for the spring season 2008, namely the challenge of five marathons in five consecutive days. The event takes place in Southern Sweden, so if you are up to it, I think you should join.

Read more about this crazyness here (in Swedish).

The Five World Major Marathons !

This passed weekend I made my collection of the Five World Major Marathons complete. So, it took about two and a half year to grab’em all.. not bad, I think. The story goes as follows:

Berlin       2004, 2006
London     2005
New York 2006
Boston     2007
Chicago   2007

The next goal must be to collect some of the ‘adventure’ marathons, e.g. the Chinese Wall, Taj Mahal etc. We”ll see.

Chicago marathon 2007

Yesterday, I completed the perhaps most extreme marathon race I have participated in so far. Unusual high temperatures and a very high humidity made the Chicago marathon appear like a Badwater experience.

Actually, it became so hot that the race was officially cancelled and we were forced to walk to the finish line. Fortunately, we did get an official time and a medal… it would have been hard to accept if the expensive and long trip to Chicago from Denmark would have been all lost.

However, that would still have been minor compared to the tragedy that the family of a young father to three children now suffers since this young man died in the race yesterday. My deepest condolences to them.

You can enjoy my pictures and video from the race and the route here.

Yet another marathon-double

This past weekend my Swedish master Lennart Skoog and I could book yet another marathon-double: first, the peaceful race in Öland, Sweden and then, after driving car back home until 2 a.m. , the track marathon in Kalundborg, Denmark, which was quiete a party ! Please read about the races under ‘MY MARATHONS’. In toto: job done !

My first 50 marathons !

Yesterday, in Sweden, I completed my marathon number 50.

I had never believed that it would be so when I started on my first marathon only 3 years and one month ago…but the madness and inspiration from my many fellow runners has set me up and I have now become one of those marathon-addicts myself. 

Well, actually, I need to change habits a little so I’ll be reducing the number of runs from now on, freeing up time for my loved ones and my new job….and I guess my body and mind needs it as well. Nevertheless, more races are to come and I’ll be reporting back as always.

My next event is the track-marathon in Kalundborg, Denmark, at the end of July… 104 rounds to go 😉

Enjoy your life and your summer !

One weekend, two marathons !

This coming weekend I’ll give it a new try to complete two marathons within two days. It kinda failed on New Years Eve, however, this time I think the odds are better. For starters, I actually get to sleep a little between the two races 😉 Secondly, I’m in better shape now and have lost a few pounds as well. Thirdly, I can build on my past experience.

Luckilly, I woun’t be alone on this feat. My Swedish Master Lennart Skoog, especially, and my Danish running mate Leif Skinnerup will both also be in the races, ie. Aarhus marathon on Saturday and Storebaelt Nature marathon on Sunday.

Woohaa, do I look forward to this weekend..oh boy, oh boy 😉 Don’t tell this to someone sane 😉

A new Danish blog on marathon has seen the light of day. The blog is managed by a young runner Anders Kronborg and his writtings seem promising and kept up to date. I have added a permanent link. Good job, Anders !

End of year three

My first marathon was in Copenhagen, Denmark almost three years ago, ie. the 16.05.2004.

Thus, my personal marathon year spands from the 16th of May each year. With my race in Vienna just this weekend, I have now completed my first three years of marathon running…and it has been quite a surprising programme…a schedule I would never have forseen or thought possible :

First year: 4 marathons, including Berlin and London !

Second year: 12 marathons, including Stockholm, Amsterdam, Dublin, Elbtunnel, Paris and Hamburg.

Third year: 28 marathons, including, well, too many to mention… New York, Boston, Rome, Barcelona, Vienna and Monschau on top. Not to mention ‘my own’ event GARMIN Rudersdal marathon.

You can find picture and stories from most of these races via ‘My marathons’ from the menu at the page right. 

I am planning to step down a little and do mainly Scandinavian races for the next time to come. See you out there ! 

Best wishes for your races, Tor 😉