Let me first start by saying that I do not expect you to lose a night of sleep just so you can wait for Twitter posts or watch the live feed hoping for a glimpse of Yours Truly. But if you want to, well, I hope you can either sleep in on Sunday or Monday, or like long Sunday afternoon naps. (I sure do!) The marathon starts at 9:00 a.m. Central European Time (CET), which is 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning Central Standard Time (CST). Based on training paces and my personal goals, I plan on finishing between 13:30 and 14:00 (between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. CET), which is between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. CST.
Now to the ways you can follow as I test and push myself like I never have before. There’s Twitter, your own cell phone (if you follow me on Twitter–see below), the live web ticker, and even a live webcast. “Pick yer poison,” you might say. (If you were from the Wild West.)
I have enlisted the help of my dad for this one. He’s going to use my cell phone and send tweets after each of the seven times they meet up with me during the course. They’ll be brief updates about my condition and might include a direct quote, although I make no promises about that one!
If you follow me on Twitter and have your cell phone set up to receive my tweets, you’ll get these updates straight to your cell phone. Set it to silent and then read them in the morning when you get up or when you’re on the way to church (as long as someone else is driving!).
From the starting shot at 9 a.m. to the finish for the elite women runners (approx. 11:30 a.m.), you can follow the race live on the Internet at
This is a great service for all marathon fans in Germany and around the world who do not have access to the station Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg (rbb). The live ticker will be constantly updated and will be available in English, as well (on the English side of the marathon website).
Universal Sports will provide a live webcast of the 35th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. Viewers from around the world will be able to watch the entire event on www.UniversalSports.com. If you get the Universal Sports Network, you can just tune in to watch the Berlin Marathon live.
Well, I guess that’s all I’ve got for you in this area. I wish you could be here to cheer me on!