10th (and last) Ziria Skyrace
Took it easy but firm, carefully but joyfully, with respect but a lot of stops to picture the landscape.
It was an experience to be remembered. My 3rd and last attempt on this remarkable mountain.
PS: I really cannot understand how I run 5h16m 4 years ago on the exact same route!!! If only I could run faster downhill!
Weather: mild, medium winds, mostly sunny
Skiing at Portes du Soleil - Day 4
41st Filothei-Psychiko 10K Road Race
First 10K race after many years! 2 laps of 5K with a decent elevation at the classy suburbs of Filothei and Psychiko.
I am very pleased with my time. I planned for a negative split which I succeeded slightly, but I could have done a better time since I did not run at a maximum effort.
Net Time: 44'14" (Gun time: 44'18")
General Ranking: 30/381 (7,8%)
Gender Ranking: 29/290 (10,0%)
Age Ranking: 12/112 (10,7%)
Before: 3K warm-up run, strides, dynamic stretching, skipping
After: static stretching exercises
Weather: chilly, no winds, cloudy
36th Athens Authentic Marathon Race
It was my third attempt on the classical marathon route and - though I did not plan to run a marathon this year - a free corporate registration just 40 days before the race date set me up for the event.
The initial target is always to enjoy a marathon and finish healthy but in the back of my head, there is constantly the 'bug' of competition and personal target fulfillment.
The target in the last years is the same; to break the 3,5-hour barrier, which is translated at an average pace of 4'58"/K. I tried in 2015 to achieve it, but I missed it for 5 minutes and 18 seconds.
Since I had only 4 weeks to train, I decided to strictly follow the training plan and not to miss a single session, which I did! Then the target was to stick to 5'00"/K until the 21K, fall slightly to 5'05"/K until the 30K (the end of the ~300m prolonged uphill) and achieve a negative split with the best I could until the end.
Unfortunately, the day before the race I was having t...
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