Last weekend, besides Hawaii , another fantastic sports event took place quite close to my home town Rostock, the darss relay marathon. Up to eight people can run the 42,2km on the 5,25k loops. The trail is a challenging one with for example some hundred metres on the beach in very soft sand and the rest is a typpically north german trail in the coastal forest with a lot of mud. It became a tradition that I´m running as a member of the team of my father in law and some of his friends. Since we are just seven persons one has to run twice and that is normally me. This time I could integrate the team marathon very good in my training since the programe on sunday was a long run with a hard beginning and hard last 5k. Therefor I ran in 3rd position in the team, did a 20k easy run right after my first finish and had to be back in time to do the last of the 8 loops for my team fast again. It was a little bit of a surprise that my second run was much better than my first one even though it was already km 25 to 30 for me. It seems that it takes some time before my diesel engine fires on 100% . With a 2:59 Marathon we took the 6th place overall behind amongst others two teams of my triathlon club “TC FiKo Rostock” who took the first and second place with impressive 2:33/2:38 on that hard course! Its always a nice experience to participate at the relay marathon, because it’s a real team event in contrast to the very “egoistic” triathlon sport . So the preparation is running very well and I´m looking forward to my next race which will be Ironman Arizona in November!