Ed Tanguay - Berlin Runner - 2011 Spring Marathon Training Site

My name is Edward Tanguay, I live in Berlin and run two marathons a year. I just signed up for the Vienna Marathon on April 17 which I'll be running with my brother Pete. I record my training runs on this site. You can view my past running sites 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and my video/pic reports on particularly fun marathons: Berlin 2009 and Regensburg 2010.

Monday, April 11, 2011 - easy run home in brilliant light

01:40:00 - 13K - Nice, light run home, got out at about 18:10 so had good daylight left, sun shining brightly everywhere, absolutely a no-pain run, good pace, got an SMS from Pete that he's in Sweden, will be here Wednesday, starting to get excited for the marathon on Sunday and the whole trip, might get one more easy run in and then we're headed down on Friday. During my run today listened to an audio magazine about Vienna, which mentioned that in the 19th century Empress Elisabeth of Austria kept to a rigorous exercise program in which she would "run for hours" which drove her court ladies crazy because they couldn't keep up. Very nice.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - nice run through West Berlin with decent Tiergarten5K

02:00:00 - 17K - got out the door at work at 17:30, and took off down Gartenstrasse instead of Liesenstrasse, lost my orientation but came out surprisingly in the government area behind the Reichstag. Did a decent Tiergarten 5K 24:35 and a steady run home, saw a large part of Charlottenburg near the hotel district cordoned off with sharp shooters on the rooves (who was here?). Listened to a good Hanselminutes podcast on the jquery-like chaining pattern for APIs and maximizing developer joy a la webmatrix . Ten days to the Vienna Marathon!

Monday, April 4, 2011 - nice wet run with the fastest 5K this year

02:00:00 - 17K - got out the door at work at 17:51, was completely soaked by the time I got to Brandenburg Gate (ran a new route past the Natural History Museum), took a breather under the Gate, then ran out in the rain again to do the fastest 5K this year by almost a whole minute (24:01) then had a very steady run home, felt lots of solid energy in my legs. Listened to a good podcast on 8 different corporate structures, e.g. landloard/tenants, community organizer volunteers, conductor/orchestra, producter/creative team, general/soldiers, architect/builders, captain/sports team, senator/citizens, and examples of when each are useful. Less than two weeks to Marathon #15, getting excited!

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - quick run home from work

01:40:00 - 13K - had to get home by 8:30 so ran steady and made it at 8:29, even though it was a wet and finish-in-the-dark run, very nice, good pace.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - first all-light run of the year!

02:00:00 - 17K - even though I got out of work at 5:45, since it is now daylight saving time, this turned out to be the first run this year that I finished during daylight, had a decent 5K in Tiergarten (25:10) and a good stride home, nice weather, thought a lot of the marathon, can't wait!

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - the last all-dark run of the year

02:00:00 - 17K - Got out later at 7PM from work so had another all-dark run tonight, felt good during the run to Brandenburg Gate, and did a 25:42 5K in Tiergarten, didn't have that core energy tonight, but had a steady run home, listened to How a Nuclear Meltdown Works, very educational, you have to love Josh and Chuck, informative and fun. So, another 17K under my marathon-preparation belt.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - easy 17K with fastest Tiergarten 5K run

02:00:00 - 17K - Have had a bit of a head cold for the past three days but the weather was grand so got out the door of work at 5:30 and ran easy 4K to Tiergarten where I did a fast 5k in 24:48, my fastest time so far, then ran a steady 8K home. Amazing how a 17K run in fresh air clears up your sinuses! Listened to a decent conversation podcast on philosophical honesty (book by Lars Iyer) called Spurius. Beaufiful sky tonight, and it's definitely getting warmer, and next week is day light saving time.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - wettest, most drizzliest run ever

01:40:00 - 13K - Ran straight home from work today at a nice, easy pace, a recovery run from the last three pretty hard runs in the last week. It was terrible weather to run: drizzling constantly, cold, and very bad visibility. I listened to a decent .NET Rocks podcast on CSS3, some good information about how in CSS3 you can do a lot of what you do today with JavaScript. Then listened to a very good talk on how to build fast 3rd party JavaScript apps that load fast and don't block their host site. Finished the run in the dark again, still haven't finished one this year in daylight, but daylight saving time is in 10 days, always welcomed. And the Vienna Marathon is now officially in one month, woo hoo! I think I'll keep doing longer runs for the next three weeks, perhaps even a super-long 4-hour run if I can, and then take the week before the marathon off, it's approaching quick.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - first run with two 5K Tiergarten loops

02:45:00 - 23K - Got out the door at work at 5:20 again and down to Brandenburg Gate in time to see a giant red sun hanging behind the clouds at the end of the Strasse des 17. Juni, very beautiful. That was a 4K warm up, then did two 5Ks (25:12 and 27:13), the first one finished in daylight. My legs were quite sore from Sunday's hill runs, but ran hard and was able to run my second best time on the first 5K. I finished my second 5K back at the Brandenburg Gate and saw that the American flag on the U.S. Embassy was flying at half mast. I thought this was because of the tragegy in Japan, but I looked over at the Reichstag and saw the German flag flying full mast, so I wasn't sure. My father later informed me that the American flag was flying half mast on March 15th to recognize the passing of the last surviving American veteran of World War I, Frank W. Buckles, who was 110 years old. From Brandenburg Gate I took off through Potsdamer Platz and on home listening to a good talk by Ben Zorn on measuring JavaScript performance, in which he reported on analyzing dozens of high-profile sites for their JavaScript performance, the high-level take-away was "JavaScript doesn't perform like Java", e.g. on the length of life of objects. Well, my legs are pretty hammered, that was a solid run.

Saturday, March 13, 2011 - end-of-winter run: first run in shorts

01:30:00 - 10K - Today was the first day I ran in shorts and the first run on which I saw flowers, which means winter is officially over! Did ten Insulaner Hill runs as hard as I could, stayed under 4:00 for the first four: 3:33, 3:57, 3:59, 3:56, 4:10, 4:33, 4:40, 4:38, 4:42, 4:35. It was cool afternoon on a warm day, so a very pleasant. Listened to a podcast on the philosopher Frank Ramsey who made significant contributions to philosophy and economics yet died when he was 27, a "zoologist of truth", and proponent of success semantics. Also listened to Colin Marshall interview C. Max Magee of The Millions, a great site covering books, art, and culture. The podcast was a refreshingly positive talk about how the book industry is in a time where it is "the best time in history for readers" and "the most creative time in history for authors".

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - longest run of the year

03:10:00 - 27K - Got out the door at work at 5:20, lots of light, made it to Brandenburg gate I'm sure before sundown but there was no sun to be seen, very cloudy, my legs were sore from Tuesday's run but had a good warm up for my Tiergarten 5K (25:47), a decent time for sore legs and a much slower time on the Charlottenburger Tor stretch 06:20, then put in my podcasts and settled in for a long run home up to Westend and then down through Charlottenburg, past wonderful little cafe's and bistros at night, lots of little warm conversations going on inside over a glass of wine. Ran down to Blissestr. and then straight down back to Schlossstr. and home. Listened to an optimistic podcast about the personal data ecosystem, how and why we'll eventually get control of our online data, and a good podcast on JavaScript performance. It was a good long run, legs were sore the whole way, lots of muscle building going on. I need a number of these 3-hour runs if I'm going to "master the monster" in April in Pete.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - first Brandenburg-Gate-before-sundown run

02:10:00 - 20K - A wonderful light-to-dark run today, and made it to Brandenburg Gate before sundown, with just seconds to spare. Then went off and ran a hard 5K around Tiergarten (25:35), not my slowest time so felt good about that coming back from my two weeks off. Also got a 05:48 on my first recorded "Charlottenburger Tor" stretch, will see if I can get that time down in the coming weeks. Legs sore, looking forward to running these 20K+ runs home harder and harder in the next couple weeks to get a solid base back for Vienna on April 17th. I've been inspired by Pete's Little Rock Marathon time of 03:51:35 and the fact that he "passed runners for the last 6 miles of the marathon", awesome!

Saturday, March 6, 2011 - first family run, four Insulaner hills

00:40:00 - 6K - As solidarity with Pete as he ran the Little Rock Marathon, the whole family got out the door today at 3:30 PM in full running gear, about the time Pete was passing the 5K marker. It was 6°C and a bit windy so so it was cold if you didn't keep moving. I hadn't run since February 12 because of a busy week in Graz and then had a sore stomach all week from something I ate but today felt good enough to run. I actually got my fastest time on the first Insulaner hill but then was worn out after that (3:32, 4:02, 4:07, 4:15). I'm going to use this week to get back up to speed and then get some good training in up to April 17th, Vienna marathon which I'll be running with Pete, who I saw just finished the Little Rock Marathon today with exactly his envisioned time of 03:51:35, awesome!

Saturday, February 12, 2011 - five fast cold Insulaner Hills

00:45:00 - 7K - Got out at 3PM in bright afternoon sun but 1 very cold degree outside, wore full running suit again, did five Insulaner hill loops as fast as I could (3:33, 3:41, 3:48, 4:02, 3:57) much faster than last week and the first three were down around those of April 2010, so some decent progress, good to be outside today, it's almost a spring sun but freezing cold.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - shorter run home from work with 5K Tiergarten Loop

02:00:00 - 17K - Got out of work while it to still light but too late to see a brilliant sunset like the one I saw on Monday, but had the crisp moon overhead the whole time, the night air was also very cool and crisp, a surprising 3 degrees, glad I had my gloves. Did a strong 5K run around Tiergarten (24:49) almost a minute faster than Monday, listening to Matthias' DJ track Pink Tapes, a very nice running mp3, doesn't get monotonous, always unexpected surprises and a fun, driving beat throughout. Lots of runners and bikes in the Tiergarten tonight, a unique experience weaving through dark trees on the wide path of the outlying Tiergarten path with runners and bikes coming and going in both directions lit mostly by the constant flashes of passing cars on a freezing, dark night, memorable. Then instead of doing the circle up to Ernst Reuter Platz, ran down through the hotel district to Rathaus Schöneberg, paid the plaque of JFK a visit which is also where I got married many moons ago, on the way home from there listened to an interesting Philosophy Bites podcast on group agency, how groups can and cannot act as individuals, ran strong the rest of the way, in all, a fun, strong run, just starting to get tired of it being so dark and freezing cold, it's time for spring!

Monday, February 7, 2011 - first run home from work with 5K Tiergarten Loop

02:10:00 - 20K - Got to the Brandenburg Gate while it was still light out and started my first timed 5K run around the Tiergarten, got a 25:45. By then it was dark but up to that point had some wonderful views of the whole sky participating in a grand sunset with a sharp, pointed moon becoming more and more accentuated upon a darker and darker blue sky. I also ran down the right side of Chausseestr and realized that my running route goes right past the cemetary where Hegel is buried. Amazing where people end up. The rest of my run did not have the power of my other runs, I think the 5K wore me out a bit but I did keep a good stride, just need about a dozen of these runs by April to build up some strength. I remember it's always around the end of February or mid-March that running gets fun again, coinciding with warmer air, more light, and the greens of spring all around. I listened to an eye-opening Hanselman podcast on reactive extensions, sounds like a new paradigm of front end programming: if-statements in your events, a much more descriptive way to interacte with the user, like LINQ-to-state-machine (not just LINQ-to-events).

Saturday, February 5, 2011 - five Insulaner hill runs

00:45:00 - 7K - a quick run out on a Saturday to the Insulaner hill, did five hills (3:45, 4:15, 4:27, 4:39, 4:44), the weather promised to be warm but then drizzled on me the whole time, glad I wore the full suit, was very wet and hard to see running back. Felt pretty good on the hills but I if I compare them to a 10-hill training I did in April last year (3:36, 3:33, 3:42, 3:39,3:43, 3:40, 3:36, 3:41, 3:37, 3:47), I see that I have a long way to go!


Monday, January 31, 2011 - last run of January

02:40:00 - 23.8K - A very nice run tonight, ran a my fastest Tiergarten loop (21:40), was actually at the Brandenburg Gate tonight with just a little bit of daylight left, won't be long till I'm doing 5Ks in the Tiergarten. Listened to Hanselman podcast on HTML5, very good, web storage is going to be big, finally full-fledged web applications will be much easier to make, less hacks, and listened to This Developers Life -- Drive, entertaining stories about startups, e.g. Tom Preston-Werner, founder of GitHub. Had some power and kick at the end of my run, first time really, Total kilometers this month: 185.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - nice steady run home from work, still cold

01:50:00 - 16K - legs a little sore from Monday's half marathon run, but had a good pace all the way, did the 17. Juni stretch in 7:26 (first time was 8:00) so improvement. Listened to a good herding code podcast with seb lambla who had some cogent arguments about why odata is not well-designed and not open and not based on REST (e.g. the xml is painfully hard to create if you don't have an odata framework). It's the type of podcast that is so full of information and strong opinions (it's almost a monologue by seb) that it's almost worth listening to it again. Legs feel wonderfully refreshed tonight, good sign these long-miled runs are having an effect.

Monday, January 24, 2011 - second half-marathon training run of the year

02:40:00 - 23.8K - Got out the door of work at 4:45 for a long run, still light but massive fog and mist today, like Seattle, I had to constantly wipe my glasses, low visibility. Ran to Brandenburg Gate, then did a fast Tiergarten loop, got a 22:04 improving my time over last week by almost a minute. I was worn after that but had a nice stride home and feel good after my run, better than last week's half marathon. Listened to podcast interview with David Edmonds, one of the interviewers who runs the Philosophy Bites podcast, "15 minutes of philosophy every fortnight, interviews with philosophers", sounds like a very palatable format.

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - first run after half-marathon

16K - 01:50:00 - Got out of work at 19:30 so it was a night run with noticebly less people and traffic, except for the at least 50 policemen surrounding the Hotel Adlon (!), I wonder who was staying there tonight? Could still feel Tuesday's half marathon run in my legs but had a nice, steady run all the way home, listened to very good herding code podcast about node.js with tim caswell, makes you rethink what a web server is, first time I understood how important non-blocking I/O is in node.js, otherwise it would be "just another ruby or php".

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - first half-marathon training run of the year

02:40:00 - 23.8K - Got out of work while it was still daylight, first time this year. Ran hard down to the Brandenburg Gate, then did the Tiergarten loop in 22:52, there's one stop light, when it gets lighter I'll find a way to run over the tunnel so I don't have to stop and then stretch it out somehow to a 5K so that I have a non-stop 5K loop, the pathway is very wide and lots of runners even on cold, dark nights. After that switched my Jason Jollins to an eye-opening podcast on Webmatrix, Scott Hanselman talking to Rob Conery, both convinced of this new "non-developer" tool that allows you to put SQL statements in script, but they say it makes development so quick and easy that it is actually a tool for developers, interesting, uses razor syntax, need to try it. So then I ran home the regular way but did an extra wide loop down to Atillastr. and back up to put on some extra mileage, legs sore, good run!

Sunday, January 16, 2011 - second weekend hill run

5K - 00:55:00 Got out the door at 8:10 AM, ran to Insulaner hill where I was pleased to see that the whole hill had thawed since last week, ran four hill loops: 04:17, 04:31, 04:49, 04:33, which is faster than last year but the hill was still iced a year ago. Listened to the latest herding code podcast on mobile development with Kelly Summers.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - fourth run home from work

16K - 01:50:00 Fourth long run this year, did the Brandenburg-Gate-to-Siegessäule stretch in 7:40 instead of 8:00 tonight, also after Bahnhof Zoo kept good Chi form all the way home, decent pace, first time I felt like I was doing proactive running after half. Listened to Hanselman's podcast on executable specifications a good talk with three developers on creating specs that can be tested like unit tests, interesting, also a a talk by CEO of Gowalla about the service, allows people to have a virtual passport on their phones and you get icons for visiting places, new location based ideas.

Monday, January 10, 2011 - first run home from work after thaw

16K - 01:50:00 Another after-work run, quite cold but 90% dry sidewalks, much nice, still got a 08:00 on the Strasse der 17. Juni stretch, as always ran hard till Ernst Reuter Platz (8K) then settled into a relaxed pace, was glad after that point that I had worn a long sleeve shirt on top of my running shirt (Tupelo Marathon from Pete), since it gets cold at that point from that point on, after Jason Jollins, listened to Colin Marshall's talk with David Ulin about the art of reading in an age of distraction, good conversation about finding a balance, "anything that encourages the long form is good for reading", i.e. e-books.

Saturday, January 08, 2011 - first hill run

5K - 00:50:00 First Saturday morning hill run, was about +5 C so thing were melting but still cold from the night, created some beautiful mist scenes, ran two hills and decided that they the route was just too slippery and needed to get back anyway, got a 4:45 and 5:50 where were about the same as last year but near the top it was one-foot-forward, half-foot-back. Listened to a podcast by Scott Sigler on how he gives away his books online and earns money as well, very creative project. Got some Brötchens on run home.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - second run home from work

16K - 01:50:00 Second Run Home from Work - Brandenburg Gate - Ernst Reuter Platz - The first 20 minutes I thought I wasn't dressed warm enough, wind blowing through top, needed to have my gloved on, but as always, 30 minutes of running makes you warm and I had to take my gloves off at about 40 minutes. I'm doing my 3-speed running again where I run with three speeds: jog, run, sprint so I would jog when on the ice (70% of the way) but when there was a stretch of dry sidewalk, I would switch to running, which is right up to the point where I'm breathing hard, it's too cold and icy for sprints yet, but I got some good, hard arobic runs in. After getting onto Joachimtalerstr. my legs were sore and I started getting cold again, put gloves back on and listened to the Herding Code 100th show podcast and fun conversation by the four of them, not a lot of technical information but fun to here them reminisce on their show that has bee doing so well over the years. I noticed the sun was setting about a half hour before I got off work, so it won't be long till I run in at least some light, but have to save I really enjoy these cold, night runs, very exhilerating.

Monday, January 03, 2011 - first run home from work

16K - 01:50:00 First Run Home from Work - Brandenburg Gate - Ernst Reuter Platz - Very cold, but running suit was quite warm, need to wear more than a t-shirt under it though on zero celcius nights, snow-packed sidewalks probably 80% of the way, Strasse der 17. Juni was cleared of New Year's trash but half of the stretch icy, this will be a great stretch for uninterrupted running when the ice clears. Listened to Jason Jollins beats for first hour, then a Hanselminutes podcast on Agile development (what role dose a manager play in agile? / 1. remove obstacles, 2. lead, 3. get out of the way). Legs were beat after 1:30, last 20 minutes was just "making it through the night", great new year "shocker run", nice to be back night running!

Strasse der 17. Juni from Brandenburg Gate via Ernst Reuter Platz to Zoo station is a 4.7K with only one stop light, currently thinking how to divide this up into some nice sprint training when better weather rolls around:

Saturday, January 01, 2011 - first run of the year

01:20:00 - 10K New Years Run - Potsdamer Chaussee - Drakestr. - First run of the year, Berlin looked like a ghost town except near Steglitz S-Bahnhof some guys stumbling out of bar onto the ice hanging onto their wives(?) still celebrating the new year, my new running suit was surprisingly warm, very happy with it, the gloves got a bit hot after a half hour, had to put them in my front big pockets. Tried to keep a steady pace on the snow and ice and ran hard when on the sidewalk, about 10 minutes, then got on jogging path along canal for last 40 minutes, very nice soft, packed snow, fun running which you can see a bit in this video of me sliding down some snow-packed, icy steps, very fun!