Run Rachel Run

The journey of an un-sporty unfit girl as she learns how to run in Berlin...

On my last run I stumbled across lots of old GDR embassies. In a quiet residential road very close to where I live there are dozens of these houses - some of them are still embassies although most are now family homes. 

Dusting off the runners

I literally had to wipe the dust off my runners this morning. I honestly cannot remember the last time I went for a run, it’s probably about six months ago. 

This morning the sun was shining and it was perfect running weather. I dragged myself out of bed early and had a short (very short) run before starting work. I thought that perhaps I’d feel defeated seeing as my fitness has fallen to such a low level and am now unable to last more than 15 minutes running, but instead I looked on it as a challenge. 

I also got an email this week telling me that this blog is two years old. So it’s almost two years ago to the day that I started running for the first time in my life. 

I can give you lots of reasons why I’ve forgotten to run - very busy working life that involves commuting, illness, winter, apathy - but that’s not important. The important thing is I’m going to start again and take some control and be disciplined about this. 

Watch this space… 

Forgot to say…

I went running in Prospect Park when I was in Brooklyn a couple of weeks back. What a lovely park… It was completely rammed with runners and you had to run on the same track and in the same direction, there’s no freestyling in that park!

So in my trip to the US I managed to run in 4 different states, twice in big cities and a few times in the countryside.

It’s torrential rain here in Berlin, this makes it very hard for me to run…

First Race Completed!

Hurrah.. 10k done! My time was 1.04.41 - managed to complete the distance without walking.

It was brilliant, I have such a sense of achievement.

I’ll post photos and more information tomorrow.

There’s been talk of doing a half marathon in September…

last run before the big day…

Last short before the race completed… An easy 25minutes in the beautiful late afternoon sun.

All I need to do now is decipher the German instructions and figure out exactly where I need to go. It’ll be good for improving my German vocab!

Three sleeps to go…

Only three more sleeps until my race on Sunday. I’m starting to get a little anxious… I have managed to persuade a few more friends to sign up and run as well, which is great.

It seems that almost everyone I know in Berlin runs, it must be the new hip thing! Or else it’s the cheapest thing. Berlin is very hip but also very poor - maybe running is both…

I’m also looking forward to the 10km race. It looks like it’ll be raining on Sunday - but that’s ok. I prefer rain to 30C heat.

Committed…

I’ve just registered for the 10k race… It’s official, there’s no backing out.

It’s in a great location the Olympic Stadium in Berlin - you know the one from the 1936 games. It really is an amazing stadium filled with history. There’s a museum next to it all about those infamous games and how the Nazi’s used sport as part of their propoganda - it’s really interesting. The stadium is still used all the time, the main Berlin football team play there and also they have gigs and events as well.

The slight issue I have is it’s right the other side of town to where I live. The race starts at 10am and it’s the day after a friend’s party… So not ideal timing wise. I’ll have to be very disciplined at the party the night before!

5 Tips for Running a 10K Race

I’m starting to do more research for my race. I’ve been looking for tips and advice on running a 10K race and I came across this article. Helpful advice and I also love the title of the blog ‘Sirjogalot’ - brilliant!

Bring on the 10K race…

Running in the Rain

A few days ago I went running in the rain, seeing as I’m training for my 10k race I’m taking this running thing a bit more seriously…

This was the first time I had ever run in the rain - and it wasn’t too bad. Luckily I was wearing a hoodie (it wasn’t raining when I left) so was able to wear my hood up for some protection and also make me feel a bit like Rocky. In my head it was a great montage of me running  through the rain. The sad reality was, me and my running partner running around a 5-a-side football pitch to many times that I can’t remember.

All of this made me think - what do you wear when it’s raining and you want to go for a run? Any answers greatly received. All the more because now I have a cold! I’m not sure if running in the rain is the only reason, but still…

So - I’ve been holed up at home drinking hot lemon and trying to sleep… Hopefully will be ok by tomorrow. Tomorrow is the first attempt to run for 30mins, and hopefully that also means a distance of 5k. Will keep you posted!

The early bird…

I would just like to point out the only reason I am up at 8.30am at the start of the Easter holiday weekend is to go for a run. That’s all, I have nothing more to say right now.

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