Friday morning in Berlin, two days before the race, we went on our last easy run before the big day. We took off from Cosmo hotel, which I highly recommend should you ever come to Berlin to run its marathon. The weather was p-e-r-f-e-c-t. It was cool enough to make us feel like a 5:45 min/pace was effortless without having us shivering like tourists from the tropics.
We ran easy while chatting and laughing. Then, we came upon these colossal works of art in Gendarmenmarkt Square. Now, what do Pinoy runners do when they chance upon great sites? They stop and ham it up for the camera of course!
– On the steps of Konzerthaus am Gendarmarkt, concert hall in Berlin –
We went on and ran through some streets which were marked as part of the marathon route.
Ran through parks…
Beautiful tree-lined roads…
…and even some beer for Ton!
After a quick stop over at the grocery, we had a wonderful breakfast of cheese, scrambled eggs with bacon (ooh lala), and yummy coffee in front of the concert hall. It was a bit chilly but the restaurant provided blankets! (How cool is that?!) Perfect morning, really.
Later in the day, we knew we had to tour Berlin but we didn’t want to tire our feet. Lit had the awesome idea of going on the Berlin Segway tour!
We met our tour guide, Marriet, who quickly taught us how to use the Segway, then immediately took us through the roads of Berlin and its major sites: Unter den Linden, Branderburg Gate (marathon start and finish), Bebelplatz (site of the famous Nazi book burning), and Museum Island. (Fantastic tour. Again, I highly recommend this!)
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Thanks to Unilab Active Health for my great Berlin Marathon adventure!