Let´s start from…even before the start! I was running the 11km Mezzo run of the Heldenlauf in western Hamburg!
On Friday I had to rush after work to Blankenes to pick up my starting number. Why? Because on Friday (until 6pm) and Saturday are the days where you can pick up your number for free. On Sunday they call it “emergency pick up” and make you pay for it. My opinion? Hilarious. Really.
If you got an event that´s not exactly close to the centre, this is a no-go. But well, so I was there and was a bit irritated how badly organised it was. Waiting was thekey to success, and at least the ladies handing out the starting numbers were nice. But there is tons of potential – I would love to restructure it to make it faster.
The numbers right next to the desks where they sit, split it to surname letters and then one pick up person for everyone pickung up more than 2 numbers. Bäm, speeds up a lot. Anyways, I got my number and also my little goodie back which I really liked. Usefull stuff in there, that´s for sure!
And then…the morning of the run. Me vs mornings, we will never be friends. That´s for sure. So I hopped onto the train and an hour later I was in Blankenese, and first dropped off some clothes for Hanseatic Help – had planned to get rid off it and bring it to them anyways, and now since it was right there….perfect match!
Then went to drop off my stuff and THIS now is the BIGGEST DOWNSIDE of the whole run – there is no conventional bag dropoff like you have it with even the smallest runs. You can just drop it off at a gym. Where everyone from the runners could go and grab a bag. Just like this. In the end, nothing disappeared but I would NEVER leave anything like my purse or so there.
And then…15min walk to the start area, that gave already a little glimpse of what you had to run up again height wise xD But was a good walk to warm up. And then…good luck if you needed a bathroom down there. Queueing in front of the mobile toilets…and it was a close call for me, having waited there for like 20min.
Then the start, it went smooth, and the surroundings were really nice for the run, really. Lovely views, a lot of green…but also terrible stairs and stairs and stairs and running uphill…it really killed me. I didn´t expect it to feel so tough on me, but especially the stais at around km9 were a killer. There was no end to be seen and the legs were burning like someone had put them on fire.
That´s something I really have to train and work on. The drinking and banana situation on the running path was good – though on the first stop it was ice cold water and on the second one sparkling water hahaha both not too pleasant, but you can live with it.
At least there was totally enough of it, it felt good. Really. And it was a positive surprise.
And a funny note on when getting close to the finish line – I had my playlist on shuffle on my headphones, and it switched to “Biikebrennen” by Versengold.
It´s THE track for me when it comes not only to running. And so I passed the finish line with this song on my
ears and was twice as happy.Also, the bananas, and the other food and different drinks after the finish line were totally what I personally needed – and enough of it.
I approved, really! But I am also not really into eating much after a run, like, directly after.
It was a good run, and it was fun. Nice people and everything. Maybe if next year I can come by car, I will do it again. Otherwise rather not, because when not living in Hamburg anymore, I don´t have a safe space where to store my valuables anymore.
So overall clearly a “would do again” because of the scenery and the overall feeling! And maybe also try another distance, depending on how fit I feel next spring and how much of running I did!