I haven’t posted in a bit, which is not to say I haven’t been busy! My husband and I flew to Europe on Wednesday, September 12th, arriving in Berlin on Thursday, September 13th. Our itinerary includes Berlin, followed by Prague, followed by Vienna, and then finally Kraków before returning home on Friday, September 28th. I write this as we are preparing to fly to Kraków for our last leg of this trip.
As most of you know, I ran (ran/walked/walked/walked/walked) the Berlin Marathon on September 16th. We’ve been so occupied touring Europe, I haven’t yet had (or taken) the time to post a recap. That will hopefully come some time in the next week.
For now, here’s a recap of our trip (including miles covered) thus far for today’s weekly wrap:
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been traveling like crazy for my business. I typically travel on average, once a month, but I have been traveling almost weekly since mid-summer, which has really thrown a wrench into my ability to train for my fall marathons. Here’s a brief overview of what went down since arriving in Europe:
Wednesday, September 12th through Monday, September 17th: We left Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on the 12th and flew to London’s Heathrow Airport on American points. We had just a two hour layover (which was barely enough time to deplane, change terminals, and board our second flight on another airline) before our flight to Berlin using Chase points. While a direct flight would have been preferred, using points we were able to fly free, so it was well worth a little bit of inconvenience. We arrived in Berlin at around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, and were able to check in to our hotel right away. We headed straight for the BMW Berlin Marathon Expo, which lived up to its expectation of being crowded and a bit overwhelming with people going crazy buying marathon gear. More on that when I post my race recap later. Besides the marathon (of course), trip highlights included visiting the Reichstag/Government Quarter, Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, remnants of the Berlin Wall, and Checkpoint Charlie. Including the marathon, I ran/walked 48.3 miles while in Berlin.
Monday, September 17th through Thursday, September 20th: We arrived in Prague on Monday morning and once again, hit the ground running. Prague is absolutely beautiful and very easy to navigate. I am half Czechoslavakian, so visiting Prague had special meaning for me. Highlights of the trip included visiting Old Town and Wenceslas Squares, Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, and Prague Castle. We met a very nice couple from Houston en route to the Strahov Monastery Brewery and enjoyed a nice drink (or two) with them before heading to an awesome place called Wine O’Clock, which was recommended to me by one of my recent students. We walked a total of 19.4 miles in three days.
Thursday, September 20th through Sunday, September 23rd: We arrived in Vienna at around noon on Thursday, and were again able to check in to our hotel early. We headed out the door for a whirlwind few days which included trips to Shönbrunn Palace, the Hofburg Apartments, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to name a few. Total miles walked: 22.7.
Tomorrow we fly to Kraków for the last leg of our European adventure. The Chicago Marathon is in just two weeks, and while I haven’t technically been training, I sure have been putting in the miles! With all the walking I’ve done in the past two weeks, I have surpassed my usual monthly mileage by a bunch. While I would love to run Chicago and blow away my PR, I at least know I will get it done and look forward to another awesome race!
How was your week? Have you ever traveled internationally for a race? I’m linking up with Wendy over at Taking the Long way Home and Holly at HoHo Runs for this week’s wrap-up. Be sure to visit their blogs, and check out a few of the other linkers while you’re there. You may just find a few new friends!