Fitness, Health, Motivation

Can’t race due to injury? How to still have a good time.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading off to a race called Getting Tough The Race with my team from Munich Elite Warriors. It is a really tough Obstacle Course Race in Germany, and I was looking forward to it since I signed up last December. But I can’t race due to injury. I found out two weeks ago that I broke a rib before NYC Marathon and World’s Toughest Mudder, and I am still suffering from a shoulder overuse injury. While I could probably still run the race because my legs are fine, it would not be a smart move as I risk aggravating my injuries.

Missing a race due to injury is sad, but not the end of the world. Here are 3 reasons how you can still make the best out of your race despite having an injury.

Help your friends

I decided to still travel to the race to help my friends. I will help them out by lending them my gear and cheering them on at the course. And of course when they finish I will wait for them at the finish linne, and help to keep them warm and dry afterwards.

If you can’t run you have to cheer!

Volunteer

When you already made travel plans but can’t race there might still be spots left to volunteer. You might be a bit envious about the people running, but you will experience the race in a completely new way if you volunteer. And depending on the race you might also earn a discount code for a future race.

Connect with people

My favorite thing about the races is the social aspect. Meeting like minded people, getting together with old friends and making new ones are something that you can still do when injured. So go to the expo and don’t miss out on the afterparty. Just don’t wear that finisher shirt.

 

Do you have any tips what to do when you are innjured and how to Speed up recovery? Let me know in the comments below.

Race Review, Road Races, Running

Wolfgangseelauf Race Review

As you might know by now, running around and along lakes is one of my favorite things to do. So after lake Fuschlsee at the Mozart100, lake Traunsee at Bergmarathon and the Half Marathon around lake Tegernsee I spontaneously signed up for a race called Wolfgangseelauf around lake Wolfgangsee in Austria.

The race was 27km long (one lap around the lake) and was just a perfect training race for NYC Marathon. The perfect weather and great views also helped with that.

Disclaimer: most of my review will be about the 27km classic race, but some points are also valid for the Marathon and 10k.

 

Travel & Accessibility

At the classic 27km race at Wolfgangseelauf the start and finish are located in St. Wolfgang, on the north shore of the lake. The Marathon starts in Bad Ischl and the 10km race starts on the other side of the lake, but both also finish in St. Wolfgang.

If you want to go there you need to take a car. Public parking is available for free outside of town, or in the city center. However there is also the option to take the regular ferry lines, that go across the lake. So in case you parked your car at the 10km start you can then take the ferry back after the race and vice versa.

As St. Wolfgang is a cute little town you can then easily walk to the start line.

 

Bib pick-up and pre-race

Bib pick-up in in a conference center right in the middle of town and close to the start. There are toilets, but they can get very busy. Better try the ones a bit further away from the start.

The start itself is located on the main street in the old town of St. Wolfgang. There are just three corrals, that can get quite tight. Also the space on the outside of the starting corral is quite limited. So spectators should wait a bit further away, as it can get quite crowded.

 

Wolfgangseelauf race course

The course starts in St. Wolfgang and runs counterclockwise around the lake. The first 3km are pretty easy, but then you reach a grueling incline of the Falkenstein mountain. This part feels more like a trail run, than a road race, and is absolutely crucial. If try hard and go fast on the incline to gain a few seconds, you will lose minutes in the end.

After you reached the top with a cute little chapel (where Saint Wolfgang, the founder of the town lived) it is a short decline back to the lake and to the next town called St. Gilgen. (Side note: this steep foot path is the only connection from St. Wolfgang to St. Gilgen. If you want to go there by car, you have to drive all around the lake)

From there it is flat(ish) Half Marathon with spectacular views. Just the last bit before the finish line is a bit hillier, before you descend into the last 50m of the race.

The course is mostly on concrete Β and gravel. Parts of it are single trails, which made passing difficult. Water and refreshment stations were set up every 3km approximately.

 

Post race

The refreshment area after the race is not set up after the finish line as you would expect it. It is located in the small little streets to the right. This took me a while to figure out. Also, it was quite crowded there.

But this was absolutely outweighed with the selection of food and drinks: water, sports drinks, coke, soup, biscuits, fruit.

There are also showers available. However I decided to just take a quick swim in the lake before putting on some dry clothes and heading home.

 

Sightseeing

Before the race you can visit the former Austrian Emperor’s summer residence in Bad Ischl, where the first World War started.

When you are already in St. Wolfgang you can take the cable car up the Schafberg mountain to get some spectacular views.

And why not having a good lunch after Wolfgangseelauf at the famous “Weisses RΓΆssl“, a hotel that starred in the movie with the same name (the White Horse Inn)

 

 

Obstacle Course Races, Race Review

Spartan Race Oberndorf review

Beginning of September I took part in the Spartan Race Oberndorf in Tirol. It was my third time doing this race, and I have to say that it is by far my favorite Spartan Race in Europe. The course is really tough and the mountain views are absolutely jawdropping.

In case you like Spartan Races I highly recommend this one in Oberndorf. You can find more information here.

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Half Marathon, Marathon, Running, Training

Why you should run a training race before your real race?

Whether you want to run a full or Half Marathon, you probably have come across a training plan that features a test or training race a few weeks before your real race. You might have thought: “why should I run a race other than my real one?”

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