A short update: I have been to Vienna for a business trip the past few days and it was simply gorgeous! I have to go back there for a real city trip because I haven’t seen much of the city - but I managed to go for a run around Schloss Schönbrunn (pictured above) on Tuesday morning. And I brought back a small version of an original Sacher-Torte *yummy*.
I have a day off tomorrow and will use that for this week’s long run because I won’t have time for it on Saturday or Sunday and I have the next weekend planned as an “off” weekend for a long run because I’m at a dragonboating race.
1. I love everything that has to do with water - I could swim before I could ride a bike because my parents thought it would be safer for me to learn swimming first because of my extreme attraction to water.
2. My middle name is Ellen.
3. I’m almost blind without glasses or contacts.
4. I’m an only child.
5. I love Star Trek - so looking forward to the movie being featured in the German cinemas starting next week!
6. I love watching “real life” formats in TV.
7. I have always wanted to be at least 5 cm, better 10 cm taller than I am despite having an average height.
8. I pick up accents pretty quickly - thankfully I’m losing them as quickly once I’m back to my normal environment.
9. Spring is my favourite season.
10. I have never been hospitalised and I have never had a surgery. All injuries I have had so far could be treated without both.
I have completed my first long for the oncoming half-marathon (I know that I started pretty late with that - half-marathon is in 7 weeks from now *eek*). But I don’t know if the shorter runs I did in the last few weeks plus the dragonboating have done wonders for my fitness especially my stamina but those 2 hours felt like a piece of cake.
Part of my run included Hamburg’s most prominent and crowded running course (a big lake in the middle of the city) - I wouldn’t choose that one for a fast run (too many people just strolling around plus the other runners) but it was perfect for today’s slow pace. The weather was amazing, a light breeze was coming from the water and it was so relaxing, despite so many people being out and about.
So cute! Here we go, in for the long run ;-) Looking forward to Berlin!Me too, finally!!! I think this run today was just what I needed to get more confident about “Project Berlin” …
Such fine weather on a bank holiday? I don’t complain!!! We went out for a round of dragonboating in the afternoon and it was simply great. One of my team mates brought a cake with her as an after training treat and that was well deserved! We simulated three races (one long race, two short ones) and did some intervals. The only thing I will do tonight is: procrastinating and watching soccer to see whether we will have a German Champions League final or not …
And they’re super cute! When’s the marathon?
The Belgian organization for ALS (the disease my dad died from) is getting €1 per like their Facebook page gets. The maximum amount they will recieve is €20.000.
It’s my dad’s birthday today. The message has been online since April 23rd and they only have 300 likes, even though the page…
Thank God for this bank holiday!!! I just went out for a short pre-breakfast run to test out my new Nike Flyknit - and they are simply awesome! They will really be perfect for my long runs and carrying me over the finish line in Hamburg (half-marathon) and Berlin (marathon).
Running in them is somewhere between running with my Nike Frees and my older neutral shoes which are a bit heavier and not so flexible. The first steps felt a bit awkward but after a few minutes the shoes fitted themselves exactly to my feet. It is really rather more like wearing a very comfy exactly fitting sock with the advantage of being able to run in it thanks to the sole than like wearing an actual shoe.
I will do my first longish run in them on the weekend which I’m really, really looking forward to!
A whole weekend with lots of exercising … Sooo drop dead tired … And the way my muscles are aching right now promises lots of fun when trying to get out of bed tomorrow morning.
Marathon relay done in 4:30:55 h!!!
While I loved wandering around the marathon expo and having a look at all the things displayed there I had no chance to resist my new running shoes … They are Nike Flyknits which I got with a 30 % price reduction - they were the last ones available, the right size and I instantly fell in love with the feeling I had when trying them out on the course that was prepared for those purposes at the expo. I had tried them out a few times in our local Nike shop but didn’t dare buying them due to the high price and didn’t even dare trying them really out on the treadmill in the store for fear that I would end up buying them for the ridiculously high price anyway. But with the reduction they were at the same price as the pair of Brooks I had wanted to buy for the next weeks and months to come so there was no reason left why I should not buy them.
They will be perfect for my long runs in the next weeks and months to come and the half marathon and Berlin …
Marathon relay tomorrow! Due to the terrible events in Boston we will be running wearing the wristband pictured above and a minute’s silence will be held. I really like the race officials’ approach to dedicate at least a bit of tomorrow’s race to Boston.