I hope you had a great weekend! Mine certainly was one of the best weekends I ever had! Though I was in pain yesterday after the race and today every time I tried to move I have to say that it was so worth it!
This is also the first thing I can cross on my Spring Want-do list! YAY! You can read about it here 🙂
But let’s start from the beginning…
After a half day at work we took the train from Munich in the afternoon and finally checked in at our hotel at 8pm. We resided at Motel One Vienna Western Station which I really can recommend. We chose this hotel because of its location. Our train arrived and departed there so it was a convenient choice. We booked a double bedroom but were accommodated in a single bedroom with a large bed that was barrier-free. We didn’t mind as we though we could at least take our shower sitting after the run 😉 Then we went for a walk through Vienna looking for a pub where we didn’t get a table and ended at Vapiano where we shared a Pizza and dessert.
On Saturday we first went for breakfast at Freiraum. It was delicious!
Then we collected our starter kit and then met with our friends and spend the day with them. Vegan ice cream included.
Then it was finally race day! We got up at 6 am and I had breakfast in bed.We changed into our running cloth and off we went.
On our way to the start I grabbed a coffee from Starbucks. When we arrived at the starting area it was already pretty crowded. We had registered for the last starting block so we walked along the whole area. It was insane how many people were there. We handed our bags in at the truck and cued at the toilets. It took us 30 min!!! Then we waited for the race to start. The weather was a bit chilly and it looked a bit like rain. At 9 am the elite runners started. Our last block finally started at 9.20 am.
I had made 3 resolutions before the race:
- I wouldn’t start neither too fast nor too slow
- I would try to run in my own space and not compare to someone else
- I would love the run and try to enjoy every moment
So what happened? I started way too fast and outpaced about 70 runners in the first 5 minutes. After about 2 k I realized that I was constantly running behind a huge (let’s guess about 6 feet 8 inch) guy with a blue shirt and a cap. As he was towering over the crowd I was always able to see him no matter how far we were torn apart. I declared him my personal pace keeper and stuck hard on his heels!
It was such a great atmosphere with all those people watching the race and cheering at the runners. The first 10 k were a blast and I arrived at the 10 k mark at 59 min. At that point I was convinced that I could run the half in about 2:15 min – something I had hoped for but had not dared to believe. I ate the first half of my spicy lime bar. Not the best choice! I had never tasted something spicy about that bar at all until I tried to chew it with a tender mouth. It burned!!!
The next 5 k were good, too. I equally outran people as I was outrun by other runners. Then we turned to be headed to Schönbrunn. It was windy and running got difficult. My muscles burned and I felt I slowed down. I lost sight of my pace keeper and felt a little lost. Then I discovered my colleague who had also signed in for the half but had to sit out as she had caught a bad cold. But she and her boyfriend nevertheless came to cheer at us! That gave me a new motivation. I ate the other half of my bar and speeded up! Schönbrunn seemed never to come! Then I saw some tables with bananas. Knowing the track I knew it must be about 5 k till the finish line now. I almost slipped on a banana peel. Luckily I didn’t fall. That would have been embarrassing! And so cliché!
Still I was running a great time and I realized that I could be even faster than 2:15 h! At that time I also discovered my pace keeper. I caught up in no time and even outran him. I didn’t see him again. But I owe him huge 😉
We left Schönbrunn behind us and headed towards the finish now. It was only one long street down and then only around the corner there was the finish! I managed to run faster and outran everyone I got a chance to pass. The last part was a bit downhill and I felt I like flying. Then we turned right and the Heldentor appeared in front of us. It was only about 50 m till the finish line and there were people jogging or even walking! I speeded up again and hit the line at 02:05:04!!!
I was so happy and relieved and joyous and full of adrenaline and endorphins! Just amazing!
It took me over one hour to find Stefan after the race even though we had arranged a meeting point. He did brilliant as well with running only 02:02:14! I can’t say how proud I am! It’s nagging a bit on him that he didn’t make it in under 2 h but based upon the times we both anticipated we couldn’t have done any better!
After showing in the hotel we spend the rest of the days eating pizza for lunch, sleeping through the better part of the afternoon and eating burger and apple crumble for dinner 🙂 Doesn’t that sound like the best day ever????
On Monday we had again breakfast at Freiraum and then I bough my my gulity Vienna pleasure for the train ride: A Himbeer Stangerl from Aida, an Austrian bakery chain. It’s basically a Strudel-dough filled with raspberrie jam and some streusel on top! When it’s still warm you can her the angels sing!
We both still have a hard time moving but what can I say I tasted blood. Maybe next year another race in Rome or London??? Maybe I can convince Stefan to beat the 2h mark 😉
I hope you had a great weekends, too? What did I miss out? I’m linking up with Meghan again for her Week in Review link-up!
Have a wonderful week, lovelies!