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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Running in Berlin

Running in Reykjavik was windy.  Doing hills on the roof of the Opera House in Oslo was cool. Running along the canals and parks in Stockholm was like a dream. Running in the center of Warsaw was conspicuous. What about running in Berlin, the last stop on our European tour this summer? I was about to find out soon enough. Our hotel was just a couple of blocks from Tiergarten; a big green spot in the middle of the city map. This was supposed to be a short recovery run after high mileage week back in Poland.  After 30 minutes of running in the park where I passed many runners also in training, I reached the Victory Column and was about to head back to the hotel. However, I could not resist running for a little bit longer to drop by the Brandenburger Tor that was clearly visible from where I was. This extra mile was worth it. The site impressed me on my last visit back in 2004 and did not disappoint this time either. 

And when I was about to turn around I thought that maybe it was a good opportunity to see Unter der Linden with beautiful museums, government buildings, embassies, and coffee shops on both sides. This wide boulevard had a soft gravel path in the middle that was so tempting. After running for 45 minutes one way it was time to go back, but could I be so close and not drop by the Alexanderplaz? Not a chance. Few more minutes and I reached the base of the Fernsehturm, the television tower. Standing 365-meter tall this structure has been a symbol of East Berlin since it was constructed in 1969 by the former DDR.  It was 8:00 in the morning. Time to head back to the hotel, wake up Robert and go for complimentary breakfast before the restaurant downstairs closes at ten. Running back I could sense the excitement and anticipation of running Berlin Marathon in this great European city next year. 

Run Strong!

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