Though Karl Lagerfeld has little to do with ultra-running, he once said: “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” We handed out a few disposable cameras to exactly do such, capture the memories and moments that we shared around Mont Blanc.
After 35:15:33 hours and 136.6 kilometres I had to call it day, dropping out of the Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc (“UTMB”), swallow my pride and DNF (“Did Not Finish”) for the first time. I had never experienced this amount of highs and lows in one race, which ended in pretty heavy hallucinations and a sprained tibia forcing me to end my journey at La Giète aid station.
Three years of waiting have come down to the final four days. At the end of August 2015, I visited Chamonix for the first time. I saw the start of the Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc ("UTMB") and watched the finish of the CCC, which is "little sister of the UTMB". After a few days, I left this lovely French alpine village making promise to myself, and the receptionist of the hotel to return in 2018 and run the race I had just witnessed.
After a few days with little sleep due to long hours at work, the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in my legs and suffering from a cold, I was not too sure whether it was the best decision to start at the Wiesbaden Ultramarathon. Though I was not feeling 100 percent well, in the end I decided to take part.
The JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge is global running series that takes place in 13 different cities with Frankfurt being the biggest stop on the tour. On June 7th almost 70.000 runners took on the 5.6 kilometre-long course, leading through the city and past its skyline.
Unfortunately, of the 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste produced since the 1950s only 9% has been recycled and another 12% incinerated. The rest has been dumped in our environment and could fill an area 70 metres deep and 57 square kilometres in size, which equals the size of Manhattan.
I must admit that investment banking and training for ultra-marathons are not the most ideal symbiosis of two passions. However, since both activities give me a lot of joy and pleasure, it is about making the best out of the given situation and combining the two as good as I can.
With four months to go, I am entering the final weeks of preparation for the highlight of my yet so young running career. Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc has been the reason for why I have relentlessly been collecting miles week over week. Now, at the end of August, three years after I had witnessed the start of the 2015 edition, I get to run this epic trail myself.