Exploring berlin through running

Exploring berlin through running

Exploring Berlin Through Running
by: Charli Briggs

Berlin, a city renowned for its rich history, vibrant culture and bustling streets, was where I spent last weekend, not only to experience the city but also to take part in Berlin Half Marathon 🇩🇪

I’d say from the moment I stepped foot into the expo to collect my race number, right through to the finish line, it was clear that Berlin Half Marathon was meticulously organised. But it was the next level energy on the course that really got me. As I went around the course, I have to say that the cheering from spectators at every single mile and the masses of drums being played really kept me going and made me so grateful to be a part of this race.

My goal was to achieve sub 2 hours which I was very much on track for in my training and on my recent tune up race at Vale of York 10 Mile. In recent weeks, I had experienced a niggle in my shin and calf and whilst the physio said I was able to race, I still experienced pain on the day. Not only this but it was very warm, much warmer than us Brits are used to! ☀️

I started the race at my target pace and felt ok but by mile 6, I knew I couldn’t maintain it because of the niggles and the heat and so listened to my body, pulled back and took in the sights. I ended up run / walking the remainder of the race and crossed the line in 02:04:24. A little bit gutted, yes, but very grateful that I was in one piece and able to have some celebratory drinks with fellow runners! This was also my second fastest half marathon time so I am pleased with that.

A highlight for me on this race was definitely running through the iconic Brandenburg Gate and I genuinely had goosebumps, it was such a memorable moment. I would HIGHLY recommend Berlin for the Half Marathon (and I’ve been told by many that the Marathon is just as good).

Now, to let these niggles recover and then I’ll be back on my mission to sub 2! 🚀✨

P.S. I want to add that it’s totally normal to feel gutted when you don’t achieve what you set out to but one thing I’ve been reflecting on since the race, is that we get so wrapped up in things, when in reality, they don’t really matter. What does matter is why you started and whether what you’re doing now is still achieving that goal. My reason for starting running was to help control my mental health and manage anxiety, stress and overthinking. It still is and my running journey is still hitting that goal so I’m working on remembering that 🙏🏼🏃🏼‍♀️