End of Year 6

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

Thus, my personal marathon year spands from the 16th of May each year and I have thus just now completed my sixth year of marathon running :

Year 1: 4 marathons – including Berlin and London !
Year 2: 12 marathons – including Stockholm, Amsterdam, Dublin, Elbtunnel, Paris and Hamburg.
Year 3: 28 marathons – including New York, Boston, Rome, Barcelona, Vienna and ‘my own’ event GARMIN Rudersdal marathon.
Year 4: 36 marathons – including Chicago, Magdeburg, Paris, Zürich as the biggest events. Notably, I collected the last of the World Majors with the completion of Chicago Marathon.
Year 5: 46 marathons ! Including marathon no. 100 and two-on-one-date (28-jun-2008) as some of the memorable events. To be highlighted is also the fantastic Swiss Alpine 42 K, Zürich New Years Eve, Budapest, Frankfurt and Dublin, Rotterdam and London marathon where I ran in my Spiderman suit… with a concussion !

Year 6: 57 marathons ! Including North Sea Beachmarathon (weeekend Triple !), Samsoe, Blokhus, Thy and Fjordmarathon, the perfectly organized HCA marahton in Odense and my new PR in Amsterdam as the top races in 2009, the year in which I completed 61 marathons !
2010 thus far indcludes Barcelona, Rome, Hamborg and Limestone Mine as the main races.

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

Marathon in a Limestone Mine (Kalkmine)

Thursday, I completed one of the toughest marathons ever for my part, the absolutely brilliant “Underground marathon” in Jutland, Denmark, including 12 trips into two Limestone Mines plus a quite tough hilly route all in all.

We were in the realms of the Danish Robin Hood “Jens Langkniv”…

… and so many of my friends and running mates were present… we had a wonderful and challenging day indeed !

Here we see Mogens Pedersen just leaving his first pass in the Mønsted Mine…

… and here we fully understand what unusual sorroundings this race took place in ! Look at this !!!

Tough hills had to be conqured as well…

… and cute goats to be passed too. Sexy small bastards, eh ?  😉

Later, the Daugbjerg Mine was on the route, this one much more narrow and low, thus the use of a helmet was imperative…

… as you might comprehend by this picture:

After four tough rounds I was a very happy man to finish this one off.. and in a for me good effort, I believe, having overun several of the usual suspects otherwise (almost) always faster than me.

Thus, Im proud to have earned the coolest medal ever, this bat statuette.

You find the complete story from this fantastic marathon here.

Hamburg marathon 2010

Finally, I made it again to participate in Hamburg marathon – what a joy !

Not only is Hamburg marathon perhaps the best marathon in Europe it was also the last on my list that I did not have pictures from as yet. Yesterday, Sunday 25-Apr-2010 changed that and my collection is now complete !

So… Hamburg marathon 2010… what to say ? I guess one word captures it all: FANTASTIC !!! The organization was as always German “spitzenklasse”, the weather was warm and sunny and the crowds were amazing.. making the whole event truly outstanding ! Furthermore, my friend Stephan Grabow and I were dressed up as Darth Vader and Spiderman which made the run even more cheerful.

You find the entire set of pictures from Hamburg marathon 2010 here.

Friendship and Consequence

Did you ever read the book “Pensees” by Blaise Pascal ? It’s filled with deep and eternal hinsights… lets take a spicy one here:

Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back
Blaise Pascal

Now… isnt that interesting ? Even more… what consequence do we act with upon “mistakes” or very probable breaks of “friendship code of conduct” … codex, if you like. If you piss inside the Circle of Trust ?

Well… in my world things are very clear… Im totally on line with Pascal ! So if you maintain my trust, you have a friend for life… and if you betrey me, you loose. Instantly. End of Friendship and end of story !