Steve enjoys the social side of running and exploring London on his runs “Having friends achieving awesome times and completing big challenges inspires me.
Business travel should not derail our workout habits but it often does. Between packed agendas, transportation and fatigue, there are few opportunities to keep up with our fitness routine. The solution? Running. It is the perfect travel workout because it requires minimal workout gear and it can be practiced in most places.
Berlin, Germany’s capital, is a year-round destination. Renowned for its art scene and modern landmarks it is becoming an increasingly popular city to visit, especially for keen runners like myself. Competitive athletes travel from around the world to take part in the Berlin Marathon in September as the course is flat, wide and the weather is often favourable for those wanting to beat their personal best times.
What To See In Berlin:
The Running Routes:
As I was in Berlin to watch the marathon I needed to fit my training in around sightseeing and socialising. With the Munich Half Marathon on the horizon I opted to run a few short track sessions. Luckily we were staying on Schoenhauser Allee just one mile from Mauerpark where there is a track open to the public.
1. 1200 @ 10k pace, 400 @ 3k pace X 3 (70s recoveries between reps.
2. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 minutes at tempo pace (around 10k pace) with equal jogging recoveries
Inspired from watching the marathon I decided to do a long run to the Olympic Stadium and back, totalling 28k. The route took me along the river, through Tiergarten and passed Charlottenburg Palace. It was a lovely run to explore the city. I was amazed how flat Berlin is, it allowed me to hold a consistent pace. I will most definitely return to take part in the marathon in the next few years.