Rome Marathon 2010

Sunday 21 of March 2010 was the day for the 16th Rome Marathon and the 50 years celebration of Abebe Bikila winning in Rome 1960 barefooted, Bikila becoming the first from the African continent to claim an Olympic Medal.

Rome Marathon is one of my all-time favorite marathons and it did indeed live up to my expectations once again. I simply love the city of Rome and to complete a marathon passing so many historic and eternal churches, St. Peters being the most famous one,

buildings, squares and places is just out of this world breathtaking.. well, even literaly for my last 5 km.

Nevertheless, it was a true priviledge to participate in this marvelous event have the Start and Finish at the foot of the mighty Colesseum.

Personally, the race became my 175th marathon… making my full list of turning 25 look like this:

25 27.08.2006 Landskrona (Sweden) Pictures
50 30.06.2007 Kristianopel (Sweden) Pictures
75 20.04.2008 Zürich (Switerzerland) Pictures
100 02.11.2008 Skovmaren (Denmark) Pictures
125 26.04.2009 London (England) Pictures
150 19.09.2009 Vänersborg (Sweden) Pictures
175 21.03.2010 Rome (Italy) Pictures

Barcelona marathon 2010

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of my first snowfree marathon in 2010. At the same time I opened up the season for big city marathons namely by completing Barcelona marathon.

I can’t hide the fact that I found the route a bit boring but this experience could in part perhaps be explained by the lack of (more) spectators. It was quite cold but clear and windfree weather and incredibly, Barcelona had tons of snow the very days after the race ! Well I enjoyed passing the famous Casa Batllo…

… and even more so Sagdrada Familia, both creations of the brilliant architect Gaudi.

Furthermore, I completed the race in my Spiderman suit which is always a cheerful experience and a real crowd pleaser.

You find the full picture story from Barcelona marathon 2010 here. Enjoy !

Skiing again & running again !

Oh wow… after six years with zero skiing days I last week enjoyed three PERFECT days in Val d’Isere, France, the resort being the parhaps best and most overall challenging in Europe. Just take a look here, firstly from the very top of the Grande Motte, 3456.

A video from the same area…

… and here we see Goofy on the moguls at Tignes.

Lastly, a picturesque snack from the off-piste near Le Fornet.

Coming home my first run for three weeks – at all – awaited, the much anticipated Vestegnsmarathon just south of Copenhagen, Denmark. We had a great race but was once again troubled with winterly conditions and lots of snow on the route… cross-country skiing had been the better choice of the day.

Despite the lack of training, our hero prevailed, in a very slow time but feeling good !

You can see all the pictures from Val d’Isere and Vestegnsmarathon here

Eternity in slow-motion

Whilst the Title could easily cover one of my marathons it actually hints to the linked video of the legend conductor Celibidache and the Berliner Philharmonics performing the 7th Symphonie of Anton Bruckner. Do open the video in a new window (music starts at 1.40 minutes), sit back, close your eyes and listen. Listen ! (and ps: the recording is amazing, the 2. satz being the most beautiful… another interpretation is by Furtwängler below).

Both Celibidache, Furtwängler and Brucnker are long gone. Dead. One day we will be too… and all our efforts, experiences, feelings, memories and stories will come to an end, perhaps remembered for a while by a handful of people and then with them turn into forever dust. Gone and absorbed into the great cycle of time and matter. We only pay a short visit, really. But it is a delight to think that this music and these tunes will continue to exist, continue to thrill and enlighten new generations to come, to inspire and to guide.

With the flux of these tunes through the body and out of my arms and hands, I lift my entire life and snapshot every memorable moment against a blue sky and relive eons and eaons again, compressed and contained in a second or two. I dissolve into light and shine so brightly that all History blinds. I become Atlas, carrier of the World, I become the creator and vitness of all times and destinies from birth to grave, lifting villages to Empires and see the rise and fall of Civilizations. All this bursts into one übermoment in Time.

Then all is black.