Engineering Manager / Trail Runner / Budapest, Hungary

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These days when going home I’m usually exhausted, mostly not physically just mentally. Zombified would be the word.

Anyway, I’m fighting back. Inspired by the marathon relay I decided it was time I did something about my development as a long distance runner.

Armed with a lent book in the following days I plan to finalize a training schedule and – when I have the money for it – sign up for both the 25th Nike Budapest Half-Marathon (5 September) and the 25th SPAR Marathon (26 September).

With that I’ve also decided to pursue a more or less straight edge lifestyle: I wouldn’t for the life of me go vegan but I can drink less alcoholic beverages and coffee for sure.

We’ll see how it goes.

17th K&H olympic marathon relay

Crossing of my list another thing I haven’t done before: participating in an official organised running event.

How I ended up as a member of a marathon relay is somewhat complicated: an ex-colleague of mine saw the Facebook ad of her ex-colleague who was looking to find a 6th teammate, and  promptly she set us up. (The team had lost a member because due to the heavy rains and flooding the race had to be delayed.)

It was an interesting experience to run in a race. The proximity of other runners can both be a source motivation and desperation. When I had my turn (2nd leg) I was quite happy to see how many others I was easily able to take over during the first 1,5 km or so. Later on though this exhilaration induced starting speed took its toll when I tried to keep it up during the long and extremely hot riverside section. I ended up finding another contestant with a similar pace and followed her for the most part.

The refreshment tables were a pleasant change from my usual runs when I have to scour for sources of water constantly. (And Hungary is a lot less equipped with public wellsprings than Japan.) I particularly enjoyed the spray shower, albeit it lasted for only a fraction of a second if ran through.


Our team consisted of amateur runners and was aptly named Váltáska, a word play on the similar words for baton exchange and shoulder bag. Despite the scorching heat our cumulative time was just 7 seconds above 4 hours and 5 minutes. My leg lasted 37’16” according to the Nike+ chip, which proved to be perfectly precise: it announced the 7km mark just as I was handing the baton over.

Matching Hamilton

Még nincs TV-m, úgyhogy vasárnap délután felvételről néztem meg a Formula 1 kínai nagydíját. Palik Laci kommentátori munkáját kritizálni már tulajdonképpen snassz szerintem, viszont most átmegyek Leiter Jakabba egy kicsit.

A verseny alatt néha bevágják a fedélzeti rádiókommunikációt. Egy ilyen alkalommal Button kérdezte a boxát, hogy ugyan mondják már el neki, milyen köröket megy a mögötte haladó Hamiltonhoz képest, mivel az autó által felvert összefüggő esőfüggöny miatt semmit sem lát hátra. A mérnöke így felelt:

‘You are matching Hamilton and pulling away from the rest.’

Erre kezdte el magyarázni Palik, hogy milyen buta a McLaren boksz, mert pont arra nem válaszoltak, amit Button kérdezett, csak annyit mondtak neki, hogy Hamiltonnal meccsel, azaz csak vele versenyzik.

Pedig nyilvánvalóan nem erről volt szó. A match – bár hasonlít a magyar meccs szóhoz, és van is olyan jelentése – itt egyértelműen arra utalt, hogy ugyanolyan köröket futnak. A match igeként leggyakrabban passzol, illik, egyforma jelentésben használatos.

Tipikusan nem anyanyelvi felhasználói viselkedés, ha azonos hangzású szavak értelmét is ekvivalensnek vesszük. Jó példa a magyar kosztüm, ami miatt sokan a costume (jelmez) angol szót rosszul használják.

Én meg nyilván elviselhetetlen stickler vagyok, viszont élvezem, amikor megértek dolgokat.

Ferrari In Aid (FIA)

Even I, a Ferrari supporter, think this is too much. Naturally I was upset about the results of the Belgian race, Kimi trashing his car the way he did on the penultimate lap, nevertheless penalising Hamilton with extra time after the race is lacking in aesthetic judgement. While every other time a (non-McLaren) driver made a mistake the judges opted for penalty fees, this time they decided to alter the very results. How can one take the races seriously after these decisions?

I don’t think I’m alone with the opinion anyway, that F1 got way too entangled in obscure regulations which are against the essence of competition. While I agree that rules must be laid down to keep oder and safety on the track, lately not even the teams seem to remember and apply them all. Also the decisions when to inflict a penalty and what kind seem quite arbitrary to me.

I wouldn’t want to win a race like Massa won this one either. If he eventually manages to win the championship I’m sure no-one will forget how today’s Grand Prix helped him to it.