Saturday, August 25 saw me at the mountain marathon in and around Linz (Linzer Bergmarathon). It brought to a close the mountain marathon cup in Upper Austria, the set of three mountain ultramarathons I participated in this summer – and where Paul Auster describes his memoir as working on a “phenomenology of breathing,” it seems that this could be described as a phenomenology of pain.
Things are getting interesting.
Where the Vienna City Marathon was a classical road race with thousands of participants, close by my first home, last Thursday’s “Über-Drüber-Marathon” [site in German only] was around my second home region in Upper Austria, going up and across (hence, the name) more mountainous terrain, and having all of 37 finishers (and not many more participants, if any) in the marathon distance.
Some of the participants came from further away, but most were from these here parts, and many – if not most – probably came because they are locals or because they (like me) decided to try their running feet in this year’s Upper Austrian mountain marathon cup (Bergmarathon Cup [in German, again]), for which this is the first race. Continue reading
Exploring my environs while raising skills/capabilities is the rather more important (not-quite-)everyday reason for my running, but – at least this year – races bring some rhythm to that steady beat.
Last Sunday’s Vienna City Marathon started this year’s set of running events.