Run Rachel Run

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

See… perfect morning for a run

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… 

Neglected….

I’ve not only neglected this blog, I’ve also neglected my running. I’ve run a few times in the past few weeks, well - I think I went for a run once in the last month! Shock horror…

I do have some sort of excuse, but it’s still pretty lame. I’m no longer a freelance worker, who can go for a run early afternoon on a tuesday or late morning on a thursday. I now have a full time fixed position job. Not only that, the job is in London. So I am now splitting my time between London and Berlin and still getting my head around all that that involves. 

My plan is to run once a week in London mid week and then at least once more when I’m back in Berlin at weekends. Will keep you posted on how that one goes. 

Not so hardcore…

I got soaked going out running. I don’t think I’m a hardcore runner, as soon as I felt the heavy rain I headed home. I was running in the park and noticed the vast majority heading out of the park and a few committed souls continuing on their route. Hats off to them. I’m not sure how I’ll cope running in winter in Berlin….

meet me halfway…

The running track near my house has reopened and the better news is it’s exactly half way between mine and my running partner’s house.

We met there this evening. I was at the track earlier in the week and did a pitiful 2 laps. This evening with a bit of encouragement I made it to 6. It always surprises me how much further I run when I run with someone. I really do need someone giving me a gentle push…

Storm…

Just as I was about to head out for a run this afternoon a storm came.

I took this as a sign that I should stay in and watch the Wimbledon men’s final. Was very impressed with Murray’s playing and with his speech at the end.

Chicago… The second part of my state side trip was to Chicago. I had grand plans for running down lakeshore drive, but sadly that never happened. It was so hot the whole time I was there. I had planned to get up early on my last morning and run along the lake. However, I did not take into consideration the fact the night before was my last night in Chicago and the amount of cocktails I was going to consume. Fail… but an enjoyable one! So the only run I did in Chicago was in wrigleyville, it did feel pretty great to be running along Clark.

Back in Berlin…

After being home for over a week, I finally managed to get into gear and go for a run. Used it as an excuse to wear all my new running gear. Hurrah…

Wisconsin…

At the start of my holiday I spent 4 days in Wisconsin at this wonderful cottage right on a small lake.

There was lots of water activity with swimming and canoeing, also managed to fit in two runs. I ran along empty roads and little woods, getting lost along the way.

Back home in Berlin.

Well, the photo strictly speaking is not Berlin. I took this in Bavaria (just outside Munich) at the weekend. I love this house- Hansel and Gretel should live here…

Yet again I must apologise for my lack of posts whilst I was away on holiday. I had an amazing time and have a bit of the post-holiday blues. I hope to remedy this by telling you all about the places I ran when I was away.

I ran in four different states. I saw some great countryside and cityscapes. I also have a new sense of respect for you Americans who run all the time in that heat and humidity.

Next post - Wisconsin.

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