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A prominent participant in the Berlin half marathon : Why Ironman world champion Patrick marathon Long runs on semi -

was Patrick Long, the last Time on a big stage with a start number on the back on the road, which lasted almost eight hours. In October of last year, in the sweltering heat of Hawaii was, as the 32-Year-old for the second Time in a row at the Ironman world champion crowned. This Sunday (Start: 10: 05 a.m.) for a Long time as one of the most prominent participants in the Berlin half marathon back in the spotlight. But in the case of an athlete who is used to several hours in the water, to spend on the bike and on the track, it's actually much more appropriate, from a short appearance to talk. Long looks to be the similar: "It feels like a Sprint," he says.

The Start of the triathletes in the case of a pure running event is something out of the ordinary. The white too Long, for it is the first official to participate in a half marathon at all: "For me, it is a personal best, that's for sure," he jokes. Coach Faris Al-Sultan had the idea. "For me, this season is about giving my mind a new Input," explains Long. Since his transition to the long-distance three years ago, the Hesse moves always in the same environment, the same training places, at the same competitions. On the way to Triple in Hawaii is, therefore, required of variety: "For 2019 is for me the focus is to set new stimuli," says Long.

Since the Berlin half marathon came just at the right: The fit time and training structure good in his Plan. Here a Long time now on his runner basic speed will work. This is also in the Training, but for a Long time knows that the competition situation brings with it a special Motivation. "The Moment you're in with a starting number on the go, this is a very different appeal," he says.

it has Actually prepared for a Long time, specifically on the half marathon. Especially the share of intensive, short running intervals, the long training sessions, otherwise, hardly a role, he has increased his Coach in advance. "The question is: How long can I keep a high Tempo?", says for a Long time. He is considered the world's best runners of the triathlon scene, three years ago, he was in Hawaii, a new running record, as he completed the Marathon in 2:39:45 hours. "The Triathlon will be decided on the run," he says. So why not a pure running event in the preparation to take?

With large claims is not Long, therefore, but on the track. He can't keep up with the specialists, he is aware of. For the half marathon and he is aiming for a time of around 70 minutes, that would probably be enough for the Top 50 of the field. "Originally, I thought to myself, Yes, I hang me to the fastest woman," reveals Long. However, at the latest, as the participation of the European record-holder Sifan Hassan was known to attack in Berlin on their European record of 65:15 minutes, he had to change the Plan: "In the times that are now in the game: No way!"

when he would be so happy with the race? "I'm not dependent on a particular placement, or time," says Long. "For me, it's also about the Experience, to the Drum, to the spectators." To "Experience" it for a Long time, the hunted king of the triathletes, to not feel all the pressure, not necessarily the first to cross the finish line running. "But a good time or placement would make the Experience even better," he says.

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must be participating in the half marathon is also not a one-off matter – subject to the results of the highlights of the season at the Ironman race in Frankfurt and Hawaii votes, as Long says: "If I remember in Training that it helps, I would like to do it again."

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