I was in Berlin today and in the true tradition of all c25k graduates I wanted to practise a bit of running tourism. My runs over the last 10 days have been a bit of a struggle, I blame it on the weather, but it has been a bit frustrating. So today I wanted no pressure, just to enjoy seeing a new area. My hotel was near the main station, a really perfect spot, right next to the river Spree and near many of the historical and newer landmarks that make Berlin such a great city. It seemed cooler than Munich aswell and less humid. So I was out at 06:15, running along the river, past the Chancellor's Residence and through parks. It was a new experience, there were certainly a lot of runners around which I am definitely not used to. But it gave me a sense of community. And there were a lot of people sleeping rough under the bridges which I also don't see in Munich (but then I don't run near the river). The air was crisp and clear, I took it really easy because I was looking around all the time and consequently I felt as if I could run for ever. My path ran out relatively quickly and I only did 4.1k in 30 minutes, but it was such a beautiful spot and my run was so invigorating that I was on a high all day. It was just FUN!
And when I got back to my hotel there was a runners club meeting up in the reception area (every Wednesday at 7am) for the morning run. Ooh they all looked young and fit, but I walked past them, nodding wisely to my fellow runners, knowing they were admiring the fact I'd already been out! You could see it in their eyes!