Sunday, December 03, 2006

Okutama Ekiden 2006

I ran a new Namban Rengo Club Record for the third leg of the Okutama Ekiden on Dec. 3.! (25:19 for 6.5k uphill)

November Running

1. 15k, incl. 6x1000, av. 3:29
2. 4k
3. 0k
4. 14k
5. 10k
6. 5k
7. 11k, incl. 10x400@88.3sec.
8. 15k, incl. 600/1200@2.06/4.12/2.02/4.10/2.02/4.13/1.58
9. 10k
10. 12k incl. 12x400@83.8sec.
11. 30min. gym
12. 28k, incl. 3x1600@5.59/5.59/5.58,frame:10min 49.00kg
13. 8k
14. 8k incl. 15x200@av, 38.5
15. 14k incl. 8x800@av. 2.50, frame: 5.30min.
16. 30min. gym.
17. 10k incl. 10x400@86.2/frame 2min.
18. 25k hilly
19. 0k
20. 12k, incl. 6x800@av,2.54.5, frame: 4min.
21. 30min. gym
22. 8k incl. 2000/1000/2000/1000@7/20 3/27 7/18 3/28 frame: 13/7min
24. 10k incl. 10x400@88.5
25. 45min. gym
26. 14k
27. 5k
28. 45min. gym
29. 9k
30. 0k

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Shibuya Ekiden

Defending Champions!
Friends of Namban Rengo and Seoul Flyers!

You're 2800m away from a place in Namban History!

Where to run them? Click the coursemap below!


Date: Jan. 21.
Place: Yoyogi Park
Distance: 2800m (a bit longer according to google earth)
Fee: 800 Yen
Deadline: Dec. 1. (changes until 19.)
Age-groups: Men's over all/Men's Vets (over
40)/Women/Junior high-school-students (ask your kids!!)

A few words to the organisation:
This year, on race day,I want to focus on running, so I would like to ask Chiba-san to be the liason with the organiser, make announcements on the day etc.
We will also need captains, but as we usually decide on the teams on the day, right now I would just like to appoint Mika, to help with the girls teams, and Jay, as he is the fastest vet.
With regard to the payment, you can pay on the day. Note that it is 3000 Yen per team, but if you don't mind, pay 1000 per head, as I'm planning to put in a few extras (it's six weeks between application dl and race day). However, 750 (exact change) is OK. If I should make a profit, it will be invested in the next banners.
This way, noone of you will be bothered if they cancel because of snow, which has happened in the past. They return the money in case of cancellation.
As most of you will know, this event is a Namban tradition. We won it several years in a row, and had 16 teams (64 runners) registered last year.

I'd like to start a database for this race, so could you please send me your personal info once more, as in the example below.

name in katakana
5k or 10k time

E. Zatopek
E. ザトペック
(if there are some unreadable characters in the second line, the Katakana)

If I don't receive anything from you, I will decide about names and birthdays, and who would want that.
If your software doesn't support Katakana, leave it open (If your pc can't do it, try your keitai).

Also, some people were worried about possibly being to slow for this race. There is no such thing in this event. They stop time-keeping at 65min., but that should be no problem for any of our teams, so even if you just want to run for fun, please join!
Of course, we will have a big party after, and as most
likely only Pizza Express will be able to accomodate us, let's have it there (unless somebody comes up with another suggestion).

"Great is the victory, but the friendship is all the greater."
Emil Zatopek

"There are three things worth living for:
American luxury, Japanese women and Chinese food,"


Official Image-Training Video

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

October Running

1: 22k
2:7k, 8x200 av.40
3:7k,1h gym
4:14k,6x1000 av. 3:31,5
5: 5k 30min. gym.
6: 4k
7: 5k
8: 16k
9: 5k
10: 15k 6x800, av. 2:47
11: 0k
12: 10k,2x5x400, fr. 2(5)min., av. 82.5
13: 9k
14: gym., 126/79, 50.40kg
15: 27k,incl. 2x2k, 7:35, 7:40
16: 10k,
17: 60min gym
20: 5k,
21: 10k
22: 10k
23: 5k
24: 60min gym, 146/82-50.80kg
25: 15k / 5000: 18:45
26: 45min gym, 135/87-50.7kg,5k
27: 0k
28: 19k
29: 11k, incl. 10x400, av. 84
30: 14k
31: 60min gym, 141/77-50.30kg

Monday, October 09, 2006

Ein Tempelgarten

Ein Regentag in einem Tempel in Kyoto ist auch schoen!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Running in September

3:14k, jamsil 10k, 40:08
5: 5k
6: 5k
7: 5k
10: 17k
11: 7k
13: 12k
14: 7k
15: 45m gym.
18: 5k
20: 19k, 10x800, av. 2:55, last: 2:40
21: 30m gym. 118/78
22: 45m gym. 7k
23: 7k, 10x200 av. 36.2, last: 33
24: 22k
25: 5k
26: 6k/30min gym, 117/81-51.0kg
27: 12k / 5000: 19:35
30: 5k

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Me on Mt. Egmont (Taranaki)

I took the scenery from the peak of Mt. Egmont which I climbed in March 2006

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Tuesday, September 12, 2006



Running in Korea

This time, I ran two 10k races in Korea, the first was on Sep. 3. at Jamsil Stadium. It was extremely hot, so I was not expecting too much in terms of time. I had a very good start, and kept the leaders in sight for quite a while, then settled in fourth position. As there were no age-groups, my only hope was to score in the over-all. I managed to keep a 4min./k pace, which I considered reasonable, as it was about 30 degrees. When I got to the finish, I found out that I actually finished third, obviously, one of the runners ahead had not finished! So I ended up with 300$ worth of Hummel (sponsor) goods, which I yet have to receive. Biggest price I ever got in a race, so I was happy!

The second race was in the DMZ near the border to North Korea. I had to get up at 3:40am to get to Seoul Station before 5, when our bus was supposed to leave! I made it, running the 5k, just to find out the bus was not going to leave for another 30min.!
When we got to the venue at 7am, we had to wait for another 1h45 before the start of the 10k, and it was surprisingly cold, with no place to sit comfortably.
I finished the 10k in 39:24, noit bad, as I had slight problems with my digestion. Best was that two clubmates received prices, 300 and 100$ in cash respectively!
But then the waiting started again, as our bus home left at 3pm! And the bus-ride took more than 3h this time, as roads were extremely conjested. But worst was the aircon! The driver must have been from Greenland! I was happy to get off that bus and take a nap at my hostel.

Except the bus-rides I enjoyed both races, but would recommend the first one more, if you ever have the chance to run in Korea.
If you want to know more, have a look at:

Tuesday, August 22, 2006



Monday, August 21, 2006

Shocking Loss!

I have not written for a while, because in Germany, I did not have an own PC. I kept my running log on paper. But on Sunday Aug. 13., a shocking thing happened to me! After a succesful race, I ran 10k in 39:24 and placed 2nd in my age-group and 8th over all, my backpack was stolen when I was sitting with my friends! Everything lost, cell, passport, and my running-log!
So, I will just write the most important things from memory!
In Korea (July 22.) I ran a 5k (which was again too long, a big group went off course, I was one of them, and had to kick to win my age-group, well, maybe the guy who had run 300m less actually let me pass.
In Germany, on week-days, I usually run 12k on Mon. and Wed., and sometimes (actually, this year only once) I go to our local track on Tuesday.
The first race was on July 30., I needed 40:04 for 10k, out of the money in my age-group, too. Still did not feel adjusted.
Next one went really well, 9k on Friday night (Aug. 4.), 34:18 on a hilly, but probably not very acurate course, second in the 40's, beaten only by a Morrocan who used to run in the low 30's until recently.
On Sunday (Aug.6.) I ran 10k in about 39:30, 3rd in age-group, about a mionute slower than a few years ago on the same course, but, well, I was probably tired, it still felt very good.
Last race was the one I lost my stuff, 39:24 was really good, as it was pretty warm.
Well, I will start proper blogging again from September!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Lauftagebuch Juni

1.: 30min. gym 131/78 - 50.2
2.: 8k - 6x400 (81/79/80/79/78/81)
3.: 0k
4.: 17
5.: 6k - 6x200 (37.8)
6.: 6k
7.: 14k - 6x1000 (6:30 frame - 3:26/3.25/3.27/3.26/3.29/3.24)
8.: 0k
9.: 5k
10.: 30min. gym (136/78)
11.: 0k
12.: 7k
13.: 30min. gym (128/78 - 50.3)
14.: 5k
15.: 0k
16.: 8k - 5x400 (83.6)
17.: 4k
18.: 23k - Lake Saiko 20k/1:22:05
19.: 4k
20.: 5k>60min. gym
21.:17k 2000/1000/2000/1000 7:33/3:15/7:31/3:22
22.: 7k>45min. gym
23.: 10k - 10x400 (fr.:2:30 - av.:77.8)
24.: 0k
25.: 27k
26.: 10k
27.: 45min. gym
28.: 13k - 5k> 19:01
29.: 9k
30.: 6k - 10x100 (av.: 18.6)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Blue Note

Yesterday I went to the Blue Note in Aoyama to listen to Gary Burton and Pat Matheny. Great!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Deutschland in Japan! Beim Ekiden!

Ein deutsches Team beim Ekiden!
Heute muss ich einmal auf Deutsch schreiben! Weil heute, in meiner langen Laufkarriere in Japan, das erste Mal war, dass ich mit einem deutschen Team antreten durfte! Allerdings mussten wir uns einen Engländer ausleihen, meinen Sportfreund Gary Chandler von Namban Rengo.
Ich hatte die Ehre, als erster zu laufen, und auch meine Strecke war mit 10km am längsten. 38:55 waren bei dem furchtbaren Wetter und der Schlammschlacht an Start und Ziel ein prima Ergebnis. Ich gab an Gary weiter, der für 5km 21:30 brauchte, nicht schlecht für ihn unter diesen Bedingungen! Dann kam Gerhard, der Zwillingsbruder meines jungen Sportfreundes Friedrich Weinländer, beide 15. Gerhard ist eigentlich Fußballer, hatte aber ein bisschen mir Friedrich trainiert, und war mit 12:10 für 3km sehr zufrieden. Friedrich war unser Ankermann, und er holte noch einmal gut etwas raus, mit einer persönlichen 5km Bestzeit von 18:38!
Vielen Dank an alle, auch an Sigrid, die Mutter der beiden, für die Unterstützung, und es hat, trotz des Wetters, viel Spas gemacht!

Unsere Nummern, komplett mit
Our numbers, with "The Mouse",
the mascot of "Germany in Japan".

今日は、長い走暦の中で、初めてドイツ人チームで駅伝に参加しました。正しい、一人のイギリス人ランナー一人を、南蛮連合から借りました!二人の15歳の二個のドイツ人と私で、4人のチムーでした。残念ながら、天気はとても悪かったです。ゴールの所は泥沼になって、スピードが大変落ちました。それにもかかわらず、楽しかった!私は10k (39:55)、ギャリーさん(英国)は5k (21:30)、ゲルハルド君は3k(12:10)、フリドリシュ君は5k(18:38)で、まずまずの初挑戦でした!お母さんのシグリドさんは応援と写真で頑張りました! ありがとう!!

The first Time on a German Team
Today was, in the long history of my running in Japan, the first time I mentioned to put together a German Team! We had to borrow an Englishman from Namban Rengo, our friend Gary Chandler, but he tried hard to look German, as you can see on the pictures above. I ran the first leg in 38:55 (10k), Gary was next in 21:30 (5k), then came Gerhard Weinlaender, the first of two 15-year-old twins, who is actually a soccer player, but agreed to help out. He did great in 12:10 for 3k. The anchor was his brother Friedrich, who, braving terrible conditions, managed a 5k personal best of 18:38. Everybody was happy with the result, more so as it was really muddy at start and finish.
Thanks to all, also to mother Sigrid, who did a great job taking pictures and times!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Mehr Laeufe in Korea!

10k at Jamsil Stadium. 37:27! Good time on a trustworthy course! Extremely well-organized! No queing up in front of toilets. Efficient storage-system for luggage. Massage after the race. Great running gear for every participant. Convenient location. Still just 2400 Yen! The only thing the Germans do better: Showers (Maybe I just didn't ask for them)! Felt a bit sleepy in the beginning - start was 10am, too early for me - but gradually picked it up to finish 18th over-all.
I can just recommend Japanese Race organisers to see the way their neighbours handle these things. Not many such good races in Japan.


One more 5k on the American Base, this time actually 5.4. Heavy rain! 19:52 and 13$ for 1st in age-group (David was absent)!


10k at Worldcup Stadium. 7th over-all in a big race. 38:21not bad on a hot day...


Thursday, May 18, 2006

Uploaded Picture from my own Camera!!

Nanta Musikal


Saturday: Non-running-related! Went to see "Nanta"("Cooking"), the most successful Korean Musical - shown at Broadway twice - the guys on stage were more athletic than the average runner in the 5k the day before. Absolutely great, best such performance I've ever seen!

Lauftagebuch April-Mai

29.4.: 6k 4700m: 17:42
30.4.: 4k (hilly)
1.: 12k 10000m: 37:47
2.: 5k (hilly)
3.: 0k
4.: 5k (hilly)
5.: 0k
6.: 7k 5400m: 19:51
7.: 11k 10000m: 38:29
8.: 9k (hilly)
9.: 0k
10.: 10k/ 2x400/1610: 5:34/5x800: 2:46/2:46/2:45/2:42/2:43
11.: 60min. gym
12.: 7k
13.: 45min. gym
14.: 21k
15.: 8k/ 5x400 av.: 79 / 20k bike
16.: 60min. gym/20k bike
17.: 12k/ 6x1000 (6:30)/ 3:27/3:27/3:27/3:28/3:28/3:26
18.: 7k
19.: 1h gym
20.: 8k - 5x400/av. : 92
21.: 5k, 25k bike
22.: 0k
23.: 30min. gym
24.: 0k
25.: 5k
26.: 0k
27.: 7k - 200/400/400/400/2 - 42/85/83/84/40
28.: Arakawa Ekiden - 荒川駅伝
14k - 10k: 38:55 (muddy!!)
29.: 10k
30.: 30min gym
31.: 13k - 5000: 18:54/3000: 10:55

Saturday, May 13, 2006

David Deubelbeiss with Ed Wittlock, 70's world champ!


4月17日: 7k
4月18日:1h gym
20-23: cold/風邪

Auf nach Korea!!

29日:6k  韓国のマラソン大会の初参加 ・ First Race in Korea!
ソウルの米軍の基地で、当日申し込みの出来ろ5k(本とは4.7)に参加しました!参加費はただでした。年齢別二位で10$の商品券をもらちゃった!SEOUL SYNERGYのJAE KIM(一番左)さんに次の大会の参加費としてあげました。JAEさんは私の韓国でのランニングに欠かせない存在でした!すべての手続きをやってくれました、本とに有難う!タイムは17:42でした。40歳代で優勝したDavid Deubelbeiss (Canada・一番右))と友達になりました。DDは安部トモエの100kの世界記録の途中まで一生走ったトップランナーです。

My first race in Korea was on an American Army Base. You could apply on the day, no fee was charged.  I came in 2nd. in age-group, and got a 10US$ coupon which I gave to Seoul Synergy manager Jae Kim (left) to pay for the next race's entry fee. Without Jae and his group, running in Korea wouldn't have been half as much fun, and I would have had big problems applying for races without his help! Thank you very much! My time was 17:42. I made friends with David Deubelbeiss (right), a Canadian, the winner in the 40's, he's a former top-runner who actually ran part of the way with Tomoe Abe when she ran her 100k world-record!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Eine harte Woche!

4月10日:16k、3x2k (泉の森)、7:17、7:19、7:18
4月11日: 3k、30分筋トレ 30min gym
4月12日:13k、7x800、3分ー90秒休憩、3min with 90sec break:
2:59,2:57,3:00,2:59,2:58, 2:58, 2:36
4月13日: 5k
4月14日: 16k、10x400、80秒ー70秒休憩、80sec with 70sec break. 平均/average: 78.7
4月15日: 11k
4月16日: 20k、5000m: 19:05- 2950m: 10:55
週間距離/weekly mileage: 84k

Sunday, April 09, 2006

4月3日: 9k 
4月4日: 10分筋トレ
4月5日: 11k、5x600- 2:10,2:08,2:10,2:06,1:54
4月6日: 40分筋トレ
4月7日: 0
4月8日: 6k、2x200- 39,40
4月9日: 15k、10000m: 39:51 (18:50) 朝早く、足が重かった。Too early! Legs felt heavy!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Glueck beim Kirschbluetenlauf!

Thanks to Colin Fulton's supreme organising skills - he even postponed the rain until after the party - all Namban had a great time at our second anual flower-viewing-race. I ran 5000m in 18:50, not bad for a practice run!

Friday, March 31, 2006

Kirschblueten und Intervalle

7k jogging, 2x30min weight training.
3月31日:15k・400x5x3 ラップ:2分30 セット:6分 平均:78.9秒
15 run, 4oomx5x3sets, lap starts again at 2:30, set break at 6 min. Average: 78.9sec.
Beautiful cherry blossoms!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

30min gym.
3月29日、水曜日午前: 10k
morning: 10k
午後:9k、5000m:18:32 計画通り、18:30を目指して走りました。
evening: 9k including 5000m at 18:32, ran exactly on target pace (18:30).

Monday, March 27, 2006

Monday, March 27, 2006

30min light weights at the gym.
3月26日:15k、3000x3、11分27秒 、11分29秒、11分41秒、死にそうでした!
15k including 3x3000, 11:27, 11:29, 11:41, I felt dead in the end!
9k jogging, weight 49.8kg, under 50 for the first time in a while!


Friday, March 24, 2006

March 24

Today I finally got rid of the Mt. Butler fatigue! 400x10 in 79.3, just 70 sec. break, good job!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Juergen's Blog

Shibuya Ekiden 2006

Shibuya Ekiden - Jan. 15. 2006

Yesterday's Shibuya Ekiden was one of the highlights of my running life! For the first time, I managed to be the fastest runner on my leg, meaning I took the inofficial "Kukansho"! Also, my team came in first in age-group, and our A-team second. In the ladies' division our club placed second, and the team in the open division also took first place!

As I was the organiser of this race, all in all, a perfect day!