Flach, Schnell Und Unvergesslich
Say what?! Don’t ask me to verbalize that. It took me a while to just type it!
It’s how the organizers of the Berlin Marathon describe their race. It means: “flat, fast and unforgettable.”
– Map of Berlin Marathon on my bulletin board –
In seven days, I, along with four of my running buddies, will be running those flat and fast roads of Berlin, the fastest marathon course in the world. WOW! To say I am excited would be an understatement.
Earlier this morning, some of us in Team Berlin (yes, that’s what we’ve been calling ourselves for the past months. I told you we were excited about this race!) ran our last weekend run together. Looking back, I told a friend I felt like we breezed through those long runs together. We ran consecutive Sundays hitting 21k, 24k, 28k, then 35k until we tapered off. Today, we capped off our marathon training with a 12k run.
For me, it was bittersweet. While I was glad to have ended training, I do have to admit that I’ll miss those long runs, the company of friends, and the sumptuous breakfast after. I can’t help it. I’m just one of those people who love both the journey and the destination when it comes to marathons. I just live for long runs! (Hey, I can make t-shirts with that line!)
For the next few days, I plan to just do one more run, one Bikram yoga session, and one bike trainer session. That’s on top of trying to finish work, tutoring the kids for exams, and packing. Waah! After all that, I fly out on the 26th for what I’m sure will be a flach, schnell und unvergesslich marathon on September 30!
* Wish us all Pinoy runners luck! We’re around 40 from Manila.
** Piolo (yes, Papa P) was supposed to join us, but he had to back out because of work. Boo! (Funny side story: He personally told me this in the Shangrila Cebu elevator. I entered. He was inside and called me by name. Me?! My jaw dropped. He spoke matter of factly about not making it to Berlin and I managed to listen without drooling or fainting. Hay life is good!)