FIVE DAYS IN DRESDEN

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“Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.” Henry James, The Ambassadors.

Five ambassadors, five host families, five days in Dresden. Dresden Sister City, Inc., which was “organized for the purposes of causing the people of the City of Columbus and the people of the City of Dresden to understand one another as individuals, as members of their community, as citizens of their country, and as part of the family of nations”, chose five ambassadors and five host families to represent our cities for five days as part of their Dresden Marathon Exchange.

Throughout the day on Thursday October 16, 2014, my fellow ambassadors Jamie Glavic, Krista Seibert, Sarah Criss McQuade, Shekhar (Shake) Mahajan, and I, were greeted by our hosts as we arrived in Dresden, Germany. Jamie and I traveled by train from Berlin and were met by Jamie’s host Gundula Glasel, and my host Katrin Lay.

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“Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.” – William Ernest Henley.

Eight weeks. Sunday, August 24, 2014. It seems like an eternity. Halfway through a sixteen week marathon training program of interval runs, distance runs, medium long runs, tempo runs, planned racing, simulated racing, and long runs, I take little comfort in the words of Mr. Henley – “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”. I am exhausted.

This week: 50 to 70 miles.

Monday – Rest Day – 0 to 3 miles.

Tuesday – Interval – 8 to 11 miles total. 3 to 4 x 1,600 m at 10k pace 3 minutes recovery.

Wednesday – Distance – 7 to 10 miles.

Thursday – Medium long run – 10 to 13 miles.

Friday – Rest…

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“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” (Christopher Columbus).

Sunday, October 20, 2013. My saga begins. I run my personal best at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. 3:26:09! Euphoria fades as I see the results of the first place finisher for my age group. 2:59:13! Who is Hans-Dieter Jancker? How can he run so fast? And why is someone from Germany running the Columbus Marathon? It’s a mystery that will take months to solve.

Thursday, June 5, 2014. A clue appears. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon posts a blog about the Columbus-Dresden Marathon Exchange program. I e-mail Dorit Fratzscher, log onto the Dresden Sister City Inc.’s website, and read a blog by Hans-Dieter Jancker! Inspired, I apply to be one of five Ambassadors representing Columbus in the Morgenpost Dresden Marathon Sunday, October 19, 2014. The mystery is solved but…

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