My parents (kind of) asked me last year about running the Frankfurt Marathon in Germany and I played with the idea quite a bit. All my marathons that I have run have been here in the United States and the idea of running a marathon in Europe grew on me. So, today I committed to run the Frankfurt (Germany) Marathon on October 25th of 2015 and registered for the race accordingly. The Frankfurt Marathon is a totally flat course and the elevation profile shows a total of just 27.8 meters elevation gain which is less than 100 ft. for those not familiar with the metric system. And keep in mind – this is spread out across the entire marathon distance which pretty is nothing at all if you ask me. Frankfurt is about 100 meters above sea-level which maybe has an advantage for me coming from roughly 6,000 ft. elevation.
So, now it is to figure out logistics. My parents will take care of a hotel and the surrounding pieces while I have to figure out where to fly to and from at an affordable price. I also just read that the race organizers switched to a different provider for the aid stations (drinks and gels). It is a new company from Germany and there is no way for me to obtain any of their products (at reasonable effort and price) for testing. So, I will definitely bring my own race fuel for the race and not take the risk of trying a brand-new product during a marathon race. Remember the rule not to change things around for race day unless you tested it out during practice – I will stick to this rule.
Marathon Training Plan for Frankfurt Marathon
My training will officially kick off sometime in July, but I will use June to concentrate on speed work. I do want to run faster and with Frankfurt being such a flat course – who knows, I might be in for another personal record if all goes well. I will also concentrate on cross-training for my core and back during June and early July to have a real solid foundation when training starts. And last but not least I want to see if I can increase my weekly mileage during training – which goes hand in hand with the extra speed work. Due to parts of my training during the heat of the summer I will probably drive into the mountains on weekends and run on trails in higher altitudes. Trail running is not a bad way of “adding” extra strength training to the mix. It also forces you to slow down which is important for building up endurance. Trail running is also a bit like cross-training because you will use many more muscles compared to running on a flat surface. I am actually really looking forward to that part of my training. Come late August or early September I will shift my long run training back to asphalt. My shorter runs will be done on asphalt anyway.
I finally started running again. I hurt myself in Fargo during the Fargo Marathon, but things have been improving. My left calf is still having a nagging pain (light pain), but I think this will go away soon. After my first run on Sunday my hip and my left thigh hurt as well, but that seems to be all gone now. I do not know if it is some phantom pain or what it is, but not being able run has really been bothering me. So, I used Monday as another rest day and ran again Tuesday and except for the left calf/lower leg all felt fine. I am actually a bit sore which is not a surprise considering that I did not run or workout at all for 2 weeks.
I am excited to run a marathon in Germany. I am originally from Germany (not Frankfurt though) and it gives me a great reason to head back to Germany for a good run and of course to see my parents and extended family. The Frankfurt Marathon is the oldest city marathon in Germany and from what it looks like the course has a lot to offer – especially the finish line setup.