M├Ârfelden Staffelmarathon

Staffelmarathon

A few weeks ago I saw an email from Stephan, from┬áTCEC, asking if anyone fancied running in the M├Ârfelden Staffelmarathon (relay). I am trying to race myself fit at the moment, so jumped at the chance. I ate too much cake on Saturday, so work up weighing 81kg, but I know that my true weight is 79kg at the moment.

Lex Laufexperten

Lex Laufexperten, a running shop chain, had quite a few teams signed up for the Staffelmarathon. ┬áThey were kind enough to cover the entry fees for us too, which was good of them. ┬áI seemed to have been put onto the ‘fast’ team and was given the last leg, which had the bonus of meaning that I didn’t have to be there at 9am, when the race starts, as I wouldn’t run until at least 11am.

I had to get the tram, then 2 trains, then walk to the start in Morfelden. It was no biggie, except that it was absolutely freezing! It was about -10degrees at 9am when I was waiting for 20 minute for the next train at Frankfurt stadium. ┬áI arrived in Morfelden desperate to find a toilet, but couldn’t find one, so I waddled the 15minutes to the start.

Cooold

Legs 1-3

Torsten ran the first leg of our race, and finished in about 46 minutes.  Robert, who ran last week in Rüsselsheim too, then did the 2nd leg, overtaking a few people in a sub42 minute effort.  Then Stephan set of after 1:28 and predicted he would need 45 minutes, so I would start after 2:13.

I got myself ready but stayed inside as it was still bitter cold. ┬áI only had shorts with me, but the bigger problem was a lack of a hat. ┬áAs I had 2 buffs, I made one into a hat, and one around the neck – sorted.

I gave myself a massive 7 minutes of warm up time, which was too long really!  Stephan ran 1 minute faster than predicted, so after 2:12 I set off.

Team Rae about to go!

My Race

The course was completely unknown to me, but not dissimilar to how I remember Gro├č Gerau from last year. ┬áIt was flat and kind of cinder most of the time. ┬áOnly the start was on mud, which was frozen as hard as stone. ┬áThe few turns there were were well sign-posted so I could get my head down and just run.

I couldn’t get my heart rate up, even though my pace was pretty good. ┬áAfter 2km I saw my HR was 166bpm. ┬áThat is very low for me in a 10k (ish) race. ┬áIt was all a bit uneventful, I ran almost completely alone for the whole race. After 5km I was disappointed to see 18:45 on the clock, then the little out and back ending in a U-turn wasn’t my favourite part, but it was all fine and soon enough I was at km 10. ┬áI got onto the track and didn’t sprint it in, but did up the pace.

Marathonstaffel beeping

I finished in 39:24, which is about what I expected, though could have been better.  The team were all happy and I think with a few competitors to run with/against I could have gone a little faster. Our Staffelmarathon total time was 2:51:43 and we came 8th overall.  Not bad at all really.

The team (minus Torsten)
The team (minus Torsten) – Left to right Stephan – Me – Robert
Coming up

Next up – I am not sure yet! ┬áI am kicking up my cycling and swimming training now, but want to race quite a lot still. ┬áRodgau 10km on Feb 4th would be good, M├Ârfelden HM on Feb 19th is in my plan as is Gro├č-Gerau Fr├╝hjahrslauf 10km on Feb 25th too. It will be building up to the Polderlauf 15km that I am aiming to win on April 1st, but I have plenty of time until then!

See you soon!