After work, I took the S-Bahn to Schönhauser Allee, got in the U2, probably my favorite U-Bahn in Berlin, smaller for some reason than all the rest and reminds me of so many nights traveling home from Prenzlauer Berg in a kind of close-proximity party-on-wheels, but today it was the after-work and tourist scene. I spent the ride to Potsdamer Platz reading my new Assimil Czech book, currently cramming the language as much as I can for Hannah's and my 10K in Prague in two weeks. Getting out with the tourist crowd at Potsdamer Platz, I walked to my Tiergarten 5K Loop starting line at Brandenburg Gate, in the hopes of getting a sub-25 since I would be running on fresh legs without a warm-up run, but it was not meant to be, the 33°C temperature made the run too sluggish and I ended up coming in with a 25:27, ugh. After starting up again, I had to check something out for my wife's birthday coming up at the Tempodrom (a Gutschein for the Liquidrom, a secret, don't tell her--she doesn't read my run posts anyway) and from there I discovered that you can run in almost a completely straight line for about 8 kilometers all the way to Steglitz past Priesterweg, mainly on the paths of the Park am Gleisdreieck, i.e. the former pre-WWII, 8-wide train tracks that lead to the now defunct Anhalter Bahnhof, definitely a useful and enjoyable tip for Berlin runners to avoid traffic and enjoy the greenery in the middle of Berlin. Next run is the SportsScheck 10K on Sunday with Hannah and Gisi, I picked up our black shirts today, they look cool, looking forward to an official neighborhood run.