I am finally back in Highlands Ranch after travelling to Germany to run the Frankfurt Marathon. What a fun trip this was. I visited family, ran a marathon, socialized with other runners, enjoyed great food and company, and overall had a terrific time. Time literally flew by these last 7 days and it is good to be back home again. Time to review this trip and to write my marathon trip report I guess. I will do this in a couple of installments to make it easier (on myself … ha ha).
I left Colorado last week Tuesday (10/20/2015) by flying to Newark. From there I took a flight to Dusseldorf in Germany where my parents were waiting for me at the airport. The flight was good and I even slept a few hours along the way. I did not check any luggage to avoid the risk of arriving without my running gear. That made for some larger carry-on, but overall it worked out just fine. Due to the time-zone change I left Newark on Tuesday afternoon and arrived Wednesday morning in Germany. On Friday we drove from where my parents live to Frankfurt. My mom had booked a hotel about 10 minutes walking distance away from the start and finish area of the Frankfurt Marathon which turned out to be a perfect location. We even got lucky and did not have to pay for parking which is rare in Frankfurt. On Friday afternoon I picked up my race package before we took a cab towards the city center for some sightseeing.
Saturday was reserved for sightseeing. It was a cold and gloomy day and I was glad that the forecast for the Sunday race was showing much better weather. Cold temperatures combined with high humidity is not a good combination. We visited the city center again seeing the old opera house (Alte Oper) and other cool, old buildings along the way. We used the subway several times that day because their group tickets are affordable and make travel within the entire subway, tram, and bus system super easy. In the afternoon we visited the ECB (European Central Bank) building near the Main river. This is a fairly cool building from an architectural perspective and was one of the items on my bucket list for this visit.
Sunday was marathon day. Due to being in another country things were a bit different for me from a preparation perspective. I do have to say that I miss how races are organized in the States + I find it easier to prepare when running a race here in the US. The weather was perfect for running – light cloud cover, no wind, no rain, and temperatures in the low 50s. It turned out to be a good race and I will write a separate post about it shortly. After taking a coffee & cake break (Kaffee und Kuchen) at a nice restaurant we got back into the car and drove to my parents’ home about 3 hours away. I do admit it was difficult to prep myself for proper recovery due to being on the road not only in another country, but also being away from “the home base” within the other country (home base = my parents’ house) and I surely paid the price for it late Monday afternoon when the main soreness settled in. Fortunately I had brought compression pants with me and sleeping in those from Sunday to Monday and from Monday to Tuesday definitely helped to reduce the soreness. Another bad thing popped up on Tuesday morning when we left for the airport so that I could fly back home to Colorado. I had brought 2 pairs of shoes for my trip with the goal to leave one pair behind to have more space in my luggage for items I wanted to bring back. So, my plan was to travel back home wearing my marathon running shoes (Mizuno Wave Rider 18). Well, putting on the shoes in the morning caused a lot of pain. I had some minor pain during the last 2-3 miles of the marathon, but figured that was just based from running, but when I put on those shoes on Tuesday morning I realized that these shoes were putting pressure on certain parts of my ankle and it hurt a lot. The damage was done during the marathon and when I wore those shoes again 2 days later they put pressure on that spot and caused sharp pain. I was able to address the situation by putting something soft (folded paper towel) between the shoe and my foot. I ran in the Mizuno Wave Rider one more time back home, but the same thing happened and I am returning them to where I bought them. I tried the Mizuno Wave Rider now twice and will never again try these shoes (or probably any of their shoes). Both times I had different issues and while it is probably a good shoe from a technology perspective I think that the Mizuno shoes are bad designed.
So, it was a great trip after all. I had a good time running and of course seeing my family that still lives in Germany. Now I am back stateside thinking about what my next race will be.