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Berlin Marathon

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 16:12
I've given up looking for a way to make it work, so having a nice weekend at home with hubby instead (kids are away). Good luck everyone...hopefully I'll be there next year.

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 09:08
My flight has just been cancelled so I may not make it out there after all

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 19:59

That's useful info - thanks, SteadyE. I was wondering about current taxi costs, in case my plane is late! Due to land at 4:20pm as it is!

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 19:06

Btw anyone happen to know the best way to get to the city centre from Schoenefeld airport? I know taxi would be easiest but expensive. I've only ever travelled to Tegel.  I've looked the info up online but wonder if anyone can help make it clearer for me!

Also, do you think I'll be allowed to carry gels in hand luggage, in my clear soap-bag?

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 18:49

Very envious of those that have been to the expo and don't have the prospect of a flight tomorrow!

Fingers crossed my hotel is full of runners too - people with similar needs, rather than those arriving back at all hours in the morning very noisily (like last time). I'm at the Ibis Budget - relatively cheap.

Just seen that Sophie Raworth (newsreader) is running Berlin and probably aiming for under 3:30…wonder if I'll be running near her. That'd make my husband happy seeing her!!

Good luck to those aiming for a PB and I really hope that the ones out to enjoy it have a self-controlled and fun experience!

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 20:44

Sorry to hear that you're not going to be racing Berlin, Beetle.  I hope that watching the elites and soaking up the atmosphere of the masses are some consolation for you.

I'm still struggling to taper - almost 8 miles tonight at around 7:30 pace.  I think I need to keep reminding myself that this one is for fun - not a PB.  I plan to go slower than tonight's run on Sunday.

Just changed hotel booking this evening - realised the one I had booked is about 2 miles out of the centre, so changed for a cheaper one that I've stayed in before on Potsdamer Platz.  It was pretty noisy last time I stayed there, but I'm hoping it'll be better this time. It's only for one night anyway.

Enjoy the expo, those of you are going tomorrow! Feel free to come on and get us all excited with reports of picking up numbers! I'll probably get there at about 6pm on Saturday!

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 13:28

Hello again - dropped off the forum for a bit as I was back at work and busy, but have read back on the interesting discussions of k-tape (not sure I'm all that convinced by it!) and racing shoes (think I'll be in my relatively old but reliable Adios Boosts). 

Sorry to see that you've got a niggle, Nicole - fingers crossed a restful week ahead pays dividends on the day. 

Glad to see you pretty much niggle-free, Stephen.  Well done on the last LSR (and to Beetle on yours as well).  What do you do for by cargo loading? Just eat more carbs or are you more researched/ scientific about it?

My taper has continued to be very different to my normal marathon approach! Since my 21 last Sunday, I've had 3 rest days (2 more than usual!), but the runs I've done have been pretty demanding. 4x1 mile reps on Tuesday faster than I thought, 9 miles hard Thursday, sub 19 parkrun (fastest for almost a year!) yesterday and 14 miles at 7:19 pace today. Pre-injury fitness is coming back, which is great, but I've got to remember that the marathon is only a long training run - I'm not fast-marathon fit!

Hope everyone has a healthy week ahead.

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 14:05

NIcole - I can't take credit for what MsE said, but I'd have said the same as her. You're more advanced with your HR training than me too!

Thanks for the kind words about the pic - I'll leave it on…at least for the moment!  MsE - you should have asked him! I was a bit star-struck but got him to sign something for my running friend as well as myself. He was very friendly (although slightly distracted by losing his kids, who were somewhere in the area as well!). 

21 miles done and dusted, nice and early so that I was back in time for the GNR. Average pace was just under 8:20 again - didn't push it any harder as it's so close to d-day now and I just wanted to get the miles in.  Used 3 gels and about 700 mls of isotonic drink, as well as a little packet of Haribo. Rest day tomorrow

Well done on your 20 miler, Dom - impressed that you managed it all so close to MP. Looking forward to hearing how Beetle and anyone else doing a long one got on. And hoping Stephen comes back here soon to tell us the injury scare has passed.

Berlin Marathon

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 20:27

MsE - Yes!! He was my childhood crush. I couldn't believe it when he was there at the presentations. I've tried to upload a pic but never done it before - if this doesn't work, I'll delete it. Sorry to everyone else who has to look at this - hate photos of myself! 

Yes, I've had the hip issue for 6 years (with 2 operations along the way).  I was able to come back with a sub 3 in Abingdon last year and a PB in Surrey this spring, but the some of the original pain is back again and I'm awaiting referrals, hopefully for a scan. In the meantime, I'll do what I can and enjoy each run . Berlin was supposed to be a PB attempt, but I'll now just be glad to toe the line.

Hadn't really thought about the jackets…now I'm worried about missing out - ha ha! 



Berlin Marathon

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 19:34

Well done on your last long run, MsE - good pace.  I now remember seeing your name on Fetch before - we finished relatively near each other female-wise last year at Surrey. I'm exactly the same with regard to enjoying it and soaking in the experience, especially as I have a bit of a dodgy hip and I'm planning on running Abingdon next month as well. I did Boston UK this year in around 7:15s and although it felt like I was running within myself at the time, it took me a long time to recover! I can't imagine running that pace for the whole 26 now.

Berlin is a fab place but I won't have much sight-seeing time. My flight gets into Schönefeld after 4pm on Saturday! That makes me a bit nervous...   

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