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Berlin Marathon Training in Stadtwald Giessen: 12 Weeks Out [PICTURES!]

This is, hands-down, the best week I’ve had since we moved to Germany: We picked up my best friend, Beth, and her husband James from the Frankfurt airport Wednesday morning. Beth and James also like to run (and do yoga, play soccer, and just generally stay healthy), so every fun after Tuesday’s was a girl/boy runn: Rob and James out-pace us girls, so they would run up ahead. It was nice not to be pushed by someone who is faster than you and who wants to go faster. :)

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

run type: training run
route: started at Seltersweg, out to the 1/2 mile marker in the Stadtwald Giessen and back
feeling: :)
time: 47’10”
distance: 4 miles
pace per mile: 11’48”
additional notes: We took it pretty easy today because our legs were not happy with us after the 12 miles we put them through, so we ended up walking for 4 minutes in the second mile to give our ankles, knees, and hips a little break. It helped a lot.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

run type: pace run
route: started at the beginning of Stadtwald Giessen, out to the Schiffenberg, back to the Main, up to the 1.5-mile marker and back to the beginning
feeling: :)
time: 55’18”
distance: 5 miles
pace per mile: 11’06”
additional notes: This was the best pace run ever! We ran up, up, up to the Schiffenberg castle, which used to be a monastery, took quite a nice long break to drink some beer and take fun pictures (see below), then ran back down.


We see these cool snails on the trail all the time.


This is the Schiffenberg. We live a rather arduous (read: “hilly”)
2 miles from this beautiful old monastery.



Post-run/middle-of-run beer!



Beth and James posing in front of the beautiful view.

Cute, but sweaty, Rob and Linden in front of the view.


Friday, 4 July 2008

run type: training run
route: started at beginning of Stadtwald Giessen, out to the 2-mile marker, down the Blue Arrow path to the Other Forest, back to the Main, and down to the beginning.
feeling: :)
time: 1’13″06
distance: 6 miles
pace per mile: 12’12”
additional notes: A good run, followed by bagpiping, beer, “stripping the willows,” and generally a good time had by all.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

run type: long run
route: started at Seltersweg, out to the 2-mile marker, down to Blue Arrow, out to the Other Forest, back to the Main, and then back to Seltersweg.
feeling: :)
time: 1’49″17
distance: 9 miles
pace per mile: 12’09”
additional notes: How long has it been since I’ve run a long run with a best girl friend? Too long! Man, was it good to run and talk Girl Talk.

Totals

Total Weekly Mileage: 24 miles
Total Minutes: 285 minutes
Overall Mileage: 108 miles
Overall Time: 21.33 hours


4 thoughts on “Berlin Marathon Training in Stadtwald Giessen: 12 Weeks Out [PICTURES!]

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  2. Linden

    29 Jul on 2008 at 9:13

    @betsy: Beth always has a fabulous tan! And the beer runs with beautiful vistas… only happened once, unfortunately!

    @beth: Man, I can’t believe we didn’t do more Schiffenburg runs! I bet we would have if the route didn’t include a terrible hill…

  3. Beth

    15 Jul on 2008 at 15:40

    It HAS been the best eek! That Schiffenburg run and beer was fantastic!! We are enjoying the training as much as you are, and we are so proud of your hard work!

    see you tomorrow (I love to say that!)

  4. Betsy

    09 Jul on 2008 at 8:31

    1) Beth has such a fabulous tan. You foreign ladies really have it rough.

    2) I’m so jealous of all your fun runs together that involve beer.