That was the last run of January, another cold one, 1°C, but up six degrees from last week's run. I had to buy a train ticket for my daughter at Südkreuz so took the S-Bahn there, then took the S-Bahn up to the Brandenburger Tor S-Bahn stop, and climbed up the stairs to be greeted with the light-enhanced, majestic view of the Brandenburg Gate at night, and walked through it to get to my 5K starting line at the Tiergarten corner. I had dreams of getting into my top ten again like last week, but my lungs just wouldn't keep up with my legs, and so was breathing hard but clocked another sub-24 5K run, my twelfth in a row.
I'll be leaving for the Seville Marathon in two weeks so no more mega runs for me. I remember our cross country coach in high school used to say that your training is always for races months in advance and, "What you have in your legs now is what you're going to bring to the race." That's the feeling I have at the moment. At least I got my 5K times down this season, we'll see if that helps me any, I would like to get back in the 04:30:00 zone rather than the 05:00:00 zone like the last few marathons, but you always find out what you have in you around 35K and you can't really do anything about it, expect intensely enjoy when you start to see the finishing line and realize you're going to make it again, always a wonderful feeling. It won't be long now.