By Andrew and Emma
We blogged earlier about our “Canada-Germany Running Connection” and thought it was time that we update you on our recent races in Germany.
I’m back in Boston since running the Berlin Marathon on September 29th. The best part of my race was seeing all the historic sites throughout the marathon course. From seeing the Victory Tower in the Tiergarten to running through the Brandenburg Tor, running the Berlin Marathon was a history lesson. This year it was the 40th running of the Berlin Marathon, but with the many sites on the marathon course it made me reflect on all the interesting events that have happened in Berlin over the ages.
Both Emma and I managed race PRs (personal records)! Perhaps it’s those bright green laces we’ve been sporting for the Steps Ahead of Gaucher campaign, during October’s Gaucher Awareness Month. We were also both proudly wearing our finisher medals when we met up in the Bavarian Alps for a fairy tale finish, getting to see the magnificent NeuschwansteinCastle, the one that inspired Disney’s Cinderella Castle.
The best part of my race was being able to take a moment to stop and give my cheering husband a kiss when I realized, just past halfway, that not only was I ahead of schedule but also still feeling surprisingly great and confident I could keep it up. Of course this only made me run faster to the finish line with a smile on my face.
Since running the Einstein ½ Marathon on September 29th, I’m now back in Toronto for a visit. The October timing perfect to be with my family for Canadian Thanksgiving, to run my first full marathon coming up October 20th and to speak at the National Gaucher Foundation of Canada conference about running and other things.
On this Thanksgiving Monday, I won’t be shy sharing with my family how incredibly grateful I am to be running and also to imagine that I’ll be able to keep running with renewable energy.
HAPPY CA THANKSGIVING from us two Canadians that like running and adventures in Germany!
-Andrew & Emma