Sadly I've decided I won't be running Berlin this year - although I say "sadly" it's definitely the right decision and I feel relieved to have made it. I'm just going to enjoy doing some more casual running over the next few months, although already it feels hard to be doing less once you've been in the routine.
I'm still going to lurk around here though and can't wait to see how you all get on. I love that you're getting down to the details of cups/no cups and I'm guessing panic about packing lists will follow soon. The video was great although did confirm my nagging feeling that there aren't many landmarks! Nice wide roads though.
Maxime - I'm not sure how long it would take but you could presumably get there on Eurostar? I haven't seen mention of anyone driving.
Good luck to anyone who is running in this torrential rain. I've probably picked a good week to retire.
My legs are definitely feeling much better now, so hoping my longest run yet on Saturday goes well! Weather looks rubbish on Sunday so I've switched days. Can't say I'm looking forward to it but will finish it no matter what as I've got no wiggle room now! I enjoyed what my first run in the dark for quite some time this morning.
I'm flying out on Friday from LHR, back on Monday.
I quite like the sound of the course being relatively distraction free. I am guessing it will feel more crowded than Paris as start isn't staggered. It's always fun to run somewhere completely new and not know what's coming up next!
DrS2 - I have an HM 4 weeks before and will be doing it as fast as I can, not extending it to make it a longer run but I figure 13 miles fast equals 15 miles slow. If you do have the ability to make it longer without too much hassle then go for it and perhaps use the extra bits as warmup and cooldown?
I hope everyone's long runs went well. My "long" of 10 miles was surprisingly hard given I only did 3 miles last week (although quite a bit of other cross training, which must be more knackering than I thought). I will go back to normal runs this week and little if no cross-training with super long run on Sunday...yikes. I'm a bit nervous about heading to Berlin having only done 3 runs that are 16 miles+, I know it's doable but it was hard enough last time have done 5 runs! I do have some running mojo back at least and feeling more excited about the race now that it doesn't seem so far away.
For those who have done it before, can you share some of the best bits of the course to get us motivated? Not necessarily the biggest landmarks but the parts you enjoyed most for whatever reason?
Just to join in on the fuel debate, I always carry my own drinks and food. I would be a bit nervous leaving it all the hands of the organisers, I've come across empty tables sometimes and been glad I wasn't depending on them. It's also not that much effort to carry your own stuff, nicer not to, but you do get used to running with it. I hate gels and use a combination of bars/jelly babies/Haribo but it comes down to what suits you. I like the idea of "real" food like bananas and have even seen sweet potatoes mentioned but seems a bit too messy.
Done a little run this morning and I think all is fine but I'm just going to see how it goes.
Older - thanks for your kind words! I'm definitely resting loads, sleeping loads and taking it easy. When you do that it makes you realise how your whole life normally revolves around your running and you're a bit of an addict! It looks like we can't defer Berlin unfortunately. I'll see how I feel when I next venture out, probably not until this weekend. Happy running to everyone else in the meantime!