After the Chicago (Part 1, Part 2) and Marine Corps Marathons I spent November and December relaxing, going on fun runs/races, attending yoga classes and hiking. I looked at my calendar and realized I ran three marathons in a year (Nov 2014-Oct 2015), crazy! What’s next? Rewind nine months ago.
I was dreaming of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, croissants, baguettes and practicing my Francais. A couple years ago I missed a family vacation to Paris because of a work project. The 2016 Paris Marathon would be an amazing destination marathon and also coincided with their 40th Anniversary! I read Sue’s recaps and was sold. I signed up in April (at the lowest cost) and told a couple people of my plans. I was emailed this cute electronic bib upon registration.
Right before Chicago I had a change of heart. Although I really really wanted to visit Paris, I was neither physically (my quad) nor mentally prepared to go through another marathon training cycle (historically I’ve had my best training cycles in the winter/spring). The next time I run a marathon I want to finish strong with a huge PR, which means, I need time. So what is my next marathon? Berlin!
Image: BMW Berlin Marathon
Yes, you read that correctly…another fall and Abbott World Marathon Major! I signed up for the 2016 Berlin Marathon through Marathon Tours. I was hoping to enter via lottery, but missed it by 6 hours! It was a SILLY mistake on my part – I logged in on November 1st (last day to enter) at 11:30PM EST to find out it was already closed. WHAT?! Then I realized this is the Berlin Marathon….it was already November 2nd in Berlin.
I learned I could still run the marathon through a (1) charity partner or (2) marathon tour partner. I emailed my friend/old manager JR and he highly recommended MT. I checked with Cliff if he was interested in visiting Germany next fall and he was down. A flat course, racecation, and new country to visit – yes please! My mom/dad gave me some travel books for Christmas so it has been fun skimming through those. My runner-ups were: Chicago, Wineglass, and Philadelphia.
The past couple of months I had a lot of time to reflect and think about the areas I need to improve. Yesterday I shared my Chicago Marathon – Numbers and Lessons Learned. Tomorrow I will share my 2016 goals and the changes I will make to meet them!
Have you visited Berlin or Germany before?
Have you run an international race before?
PS – Bonne chance to Karen as she trains for her first marathon, Paris!
PPS – I’ll be using #jennyrunsberlin once I formally start training 🙂