A marathon: two points of view

The Vienna and London Marathons were this Weekend.  Both ending with new course records Getu Feleke in Vienna with a time of 2:05.41 and Wilson Kipsang in London with a time of 2:04.27, so congratulations to both.

These two are seasoned professionals so though the times are hugely impressive, it is One Player Down’s Matthias who’s time at 3:28.22 is one helluva achievement, one to be truly proud of.  The update is that walking and stairs are two big enemies of his today.  We wish him a speedy recovery!

As we know, you can either be a spectator or participant in a Marathon and here are two write ups from both points of view.

Here is the summary of one of our “Players” here at One Player Down:

“Thanks so much for your support everyone! 🙂 This race had it all. Just to give you a quick breakdown:

3k – Oh no, this will not go well

7k – I can’t believe it’s only 35k to go, piece of cake

12k – This 60+ year old gentleman in the Poland-shirt seems to know what he is doing. Let’s stick with him

21k Half time, it’s going well. Time to start the playlist with “A lovely day”

23k Music fuelled runner’s high. I am invincible. Leave my Polish friend behind and reach for the stars (in hindsight, a very bad idea)

25k It starts to rain

29k Change of strategy. Get out of this alive rather than break the world record

33k My old friend “leg pain” decides to join me. He promises not to leave my side until we reach to finish line. That’s great

38k Endlessly calculating the remaining distance until you end up with the answer that this thing is basically over in 45 seconds or so

40k Familiar faces cheer me up, nice one thx 🙂 Last bit – Activate tunnel vision mode

now – I can feel my legs again! Sort of. Yay!”

The spectators view of the Marathon:

Alarm went off, I looked at it and quickly decided that snooze was the best option.

This was repeated a number of time as generally one does not want to turn the Alarm fully off the first time in case such a bold movement causes a muscle strain.

Then it was a quick check of the clock. It only started a little over two ours ago, I can catch the final kilometers and the sprint to the end…Whoops!  That Getu Feleke ruined that plan.

Ok plan two, get a coffee, check a few tweets, Profile updates, instagrams and the like, of friends that do not value their Sunday morning lay-ins enough, i.e. are participating.

Ok all of them seem to be raring to go, so now so am I, task one was a bit of a failure but task two – spotting friends in the crowd of runners!  I am all ready for this one.

Ah, toast, maybe a bit of cereals.  Some orange juice, got to keep healthy as there are 42k runners mocking my morning routine at the moment, so chocolate milk and pancakes are a no go.

Wait, every good athlete needs some protein, scrambled eggs it is.

At that moment, it crosses my mind, my friends are not that famous (yet) and are not running in something like a diaper meaning the camera will magically find them.  Maybe I need to put more attention into the race to achieve the second task…

Now I am fully focused, hundreds of people are passing by the screen, I am gonna see someone I know any minute now.  What is that smell…?  NO the eggs are burning.

I hop out of my chair, run as fast as I can to the kitchen, just as I am close to the finish line – getting the eggs off the stove, I pull up with a slight muscle strain.

My decision not to run this year is vindicated as it has multiple times before and I go back to task two.  Wow my friends look similar to a number of people, this task is not going to be easy.

One more check of all social media platforms that I am aware of and…I find out that they are already finished!

Wow, what a morning.  Time to take a shower.

Maybe next year after reading the The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer Nick will be more inclined to take part

Once again congratulations to all who ran the Marathon in Vienna and in London, it is a great achievement and one to be very proud of.

If you had a friend that ran or is planning to run a marathon, it might be a great thing to get them a gift for when they finish, no, not a new set of knees or an Uber ride home, but Unique Gift for a Marathon Race Finisher, no don’t laugh, it might actually be more appreciated than you think.

Remember Next years Marathon is less than a year away, so it might be good to find a training partner sooner rather than later – Get in the Game


Your sporting week with OPD

As most of you know it is Marathon weekend in Vienna, actually Matthias is running it this year.

It is already underway and will finish at…, if Nick was running, it would finished on Tuesday.

That is not the only sporting event in Vienna over the next week.

On One Player Down:
Weekday Softball,
Wiener kickabouts Monday night Football, and
next weekend will be the start of the weekend softball league.

As always, just sign up to Get in the Game at www.oneplayerdown.com

Other sporting events in Vienna:
Boogie Woogie Einsteiger Seminar 
Shaolin Kung Fu Kurs
Nordic Walking Gruppe

Here are a few more sites to find more Events:
Sport Union
Sport in Wien

Sport to watch over the next two weeks:
BC Zepter – Basketball Club Vienna 2013
First Vienna Football Club 1894
FK Austria Wien

Sport events to book now:
Erste Bank Open 2014
Austrian International Open AIO



Sporting Week in Vienna

Here is a quick update overview about what is going on in the sporting world in Vienna/Austria

After the big football derby game today between Rapid Wien and Austria Wien, which ended 3-1 to Rapid, both teams are going to be in action again

  • FK Austria will be playing SC Wiener Neustadt 15.02 Kick off at 19:00
  • SK Rapid Wien will be playing Admira Wacker 16.02 Kick off at 17:00

Then there is always the Sochi 2014 games where a number of Austrians are taking part, you can follow all the action on either ORF or Laola1

The Austrian Ice Hockey team are in Group B and this week will be playing three games, facing off against:

  • Finland 13.02 Face off at 09:00
  • Canada 14.02 Face off at 18:00
  • Norway 16.02 Face off at 09:00

Sticking with the Ice theme remember that we are now in peak outdoor ice skating time in the city with the Eistraum in Rathausplatz, Eislaufverein, and Engelmann

While all this is going on, individuals throughout Austria keep training for the Vienna City Marathon which is a little over 8 weeks away on the 13th April.

If you want to send us updates about your sports please email nick@oneplayerdown.com