Last month Hannah and I completed one year of running a 10K race every month, and Hannah asked if we could start doing longer races to build up to a half marathon perhaps this year, so after our 15K Plänterwald run, I found this perfect Drittelmarathon (14K) run in Potsdam that started and ended on the Glienecke Brücke. What wasn't perfect was the weather, particularly at the beginning of the race: cold and drizzly, and after getting all of our bus/train/shuttle connections all the way to Potsdam right on time, we ended up being there an hour early so took a nice walk in the Glienecke Schlossgarten, which neither of us had been in before.
The running route took us through Potsdam city center, down the Brandenburg Straße so lots of memories there, and then over the bridge and down onto a pathway to the Humboldtbrücke along the Freundschaftsinsel that I didn't know about, after which it turned into a street run down to Babelsberg and then back up the nice, residential area through fun winding streets out to Königsstraße again and then the final finish to the Glienecke Brücke.
Hannah kept a 7-minute pace up to 6K, then settled into a slower, steady pace for the rest of the race. There were 1588 runners in the race and we only had about 25 come in after us, but since there was only one other young woman in her age division, Hannah placed second in WJ U18.
Next month is Frauenlauf so I'll just be cheering for that, and then we need to find our race for June, we currently have the Drittel Marathon in Monschau on the French/German border, which would be nice to visit, but it's a monster journey to get there. We'll look around for another, and I would actually like to run the Half Marathon in Potsdam with Thorsten if possible on June 2nd, that's a very cool run-past-lots-castles race as long as it's not too hot, and I would like to see if I could actually run his pace in that race, 01:50:00 or so, it's not a flat course. We'll see.