Training: Round the Lake in Hamburg

Variety is the spice of life, so they say! I get so, SO bored running the same lanes and paths near my home that it almost a puts me off going for a run sometimes. Argh! Not that same flippin route again!

So whilst in Hamburg, Germany on business I took the opportunity to do a little sightseeing – runner style! With a meeting beginning at 9:30, my alarm woke me at 6:45 (I was already awake, that comes with having young kids!) fortunately the colleague I was with is also a runner – a very good one at that. So good in fact, that I was a little nervous running with her. Her marathon PB, she told me as we were running, is 3:01. It turned out that we were both fairly matched for training though as she hadn’t run for a while, and I was looking to push myself.

We ran around a lake/river Alsenalster which flows in to the river Elba and which was 4.5 miles all around. We did two laps so a total of 9 miles in 75 minutes. Not bad for a quick jog pre work!

I would say, if you’re ever in Hamburg then do this run – it’s as though it were designed purely for runners! Wide, flat tracks, beautiful views across the water and water fountains at halfway points. It was such a popular spot for running it almost felt like a race!

Some photos






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