JIR readers, we are about to take this whole running thing in a completely new direction, and that direction is east. 3,755 miles east (or just over 6,000 kilometers, if you prefer).
I took this picture the day after the New York Marathon. I was walking down the course, roughly 200 meters from the finish line, wondering if running the Berlin Marathon would be in the cards for me. I had cause to speculate as I had entered the lottery to run the race, but I’ve done that for several marathons without having been chosen. This was my sixth time entering a marathon lottery, and while I was hopeful, not overly so. I am a statistician by training, after all. The odds tend to not be in one’s favor.
But then earlier this week, the email came. Unlike the last time I applied for Berlin, this time it told me that I had been selected, and that it is officially a go for Berlin.
I don’t have any latent skill for booking international travel, but it’s time to figure out how to get to Berlin without spending a ton of money. If you have any advice, I’m all ears!
How’s it been going since New York? Well… it hasn’t! I picked up a head cold, and as a consequence didn’t run as much as a mile in the 19 days after New York. This past Saturday I got back after it, running a slow 5K, and have managed to lay down roughly 17 miles in the past six days. I have a half marathon on Sunday. I’m not sure that I’m in any position to push for a new personal best, but I should be able to get within a few minutes. Top 5 finish for sure. I think. Watch this space for updates! Meanwhile, I’m still calling 2016 my most successful year as a runner. So far this year I’ve run my fastest mile, run a sub 1:54 half marathon one week after a marathon, and achieved a personal best in the marathon not once but twice, both at a pace of faster than ten minutes per mile.