Sunday, August 06, 2006


I have had some issues with motivation this week… like I haven’t had any. So I decided to change all that last night with a 5K "fun run" up and down the Kudamm. Sponsored by the power company, the idea behind the event is that you enjoy either a roller blade race, 5K or 10K as the sun is setting over Berlin and then enjoy the nightlife on the Kudamm afterwards. I, of course, chose the 5K because I haven’t run in a month and really just wanted another “unique” Germany experience… and a free t-shirt. BUT THERE WAS NO FREE T-SHIRT! What kind of fun run is this!? I did get an official certificate stating that I completed the race (like my “schein” from taking the Dreamweaver class,) but no cool shirt to wear back in the States:-(

Other than that bummer (and the rain,) the race was great fun! The music at the starting line was a riot—they played “Eye of the Tiger” before each race began, along with other cool German and American dance songs. Also adding to the fun atmosphere were groups of drummers stationed along the race route. (As an aside, the drummers got me thinking I have never seen a German high school marching band.)

Here are some random thoughts:
1. it was nice that people were not overly competitive during the FUN run.
2. Most people in running outfits wore a cool max shirt and spandex Capri pants (men and women.) I don’t understand the pants. I feel like they would bunch behind your knees. Furthermore, it's interesting that American and German runners would have a different idea of what makes for the most comfortable outfit.
3. the post-race drinks were water, bubbly water, sweetened ice tea and non-alcoholic beer. I actually chose the bubbly water… I think I am turning German!
4. It is a nice feeling to say that I have run further down the Kudamm than I have shopped:-)

So I completed a race in Europe. It’s cool to still be experiencing Germany “firsts” 24 days before departure!

Rudy Rude smoking at a race!!!


At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you (and a little jealous!) Maybe someday I can talk you in to doing the Berlin Marathon with me?! My philosophy has always been that if you run for the t-shirt, you will never be disappointed... however, if there is no t-shirt, I guess its okay to run for bubbly water or beer :)

Love ya!!

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Erin said...

I don't think I am cut out for marathons... but if ever run Berlin, I will be eternally grateful to you because it will mean a visit to one of my favorite cities!

Two side notes to my running adventure: I am quite sore today! Also, I forgot to mention another great part of the race... Nordic Walkers were banned! Hahaha!

At 1:53 AM, Blogger Erica said...

Sounds like fun, but sorry about the lack of t-shirts. You could always design your own on zazzle, but that's not quite the same, is it?

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Erin!


At 1:28 PM, Anonymous WI 4-evah! said...

Capri running pants...makes me wonder if casual athletes don't wear clothes because they've seen them in a magazine or want to "look" like a the 70s it was all the rage to wear terrycloth shorts and even tanks to run! but then again, nordic walking might be the silliest sport trend ever!

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Erin said...

WI-4evah, do you know WisCo Girl;-)? I forgot all about terry-cloth shorts. They were too short, most people's thighs jiggled a bit too much when they wore them. But I bet they were comfy!

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katie, I think you should run in the Freiburg marathon! I may even cross the Atlantic to cheer you on and post-race we could go to Schlappen to celebrate! For more details, see


At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anuradha, I'm in! Sign me up :) Now, I just need to talk you and Erin into running it as well!!


At 3:39 AM, Blogger kelly said...

as a side note on the marching bands-- you haven't seen them because they don't have them! Not connected with schools, at any rate. The whole school extra-curricular activities thing somehow wasn't passed over the ocean after WWII.

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, school marching bands don't exist here.


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