Running and Travelling: Cologne, Germany

houses cologne germanyThis post should really be called walking and travelling since there was no running in Cologne because I’m battling a knee injury (post to come about this!).

I have been to Cologne once before, over a decade ago, and I don’t remember much about it besides the Dom (the largest Cathedral in Europe). It’s a beautiful but not huge city and it’s super walkable. I have never been to such a well-signed European city, there are big signs all over the place that tell which direction everything is and maps!

night cologne germany runI was there to work so unfortunately that took a lot of my time but every day we walked from the trade show to our apartment (~3km). Any touristy things that we did, we also walked. I’ve been managing to walk at least 10k a day so while there’s no running, there’s been A LOT of walking.

bridge cologne germanyI had big hopes of being able to run along the Rhine but walking along the river and some of the bridges that cross over the river was really beautiful. I think the path along the Rhine goes at least to Bonn (~30k away) so you could run along the river for a long time!

While I’m not very happy about not being able to run, the weather was cold and rainy the whole time so it was nice to enjoy the city without the stress of fitting in all my runs.

I am in Copenhagen now for a little vacation at the end of the work trip so there will be a running (or just walking) post about Copenhagen coming soon!

How do you adapt your running schedule to travelling?

Happy running!


3 thoughts on “Running and Travelling: Cologne, Germany

  1. adamhaesler March 9, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    Hey Katherine, sounds like a lot of fun. Pretty sweet that work takes to many interesting places.

    As for the walking, I have become an avid walker myself, training for my 100 miler, and realized it helps a lot to be able to do three things:
    1. Replace/supplement easy running.
    2. Prepare for walking/hiking on race day.
    3. Remind me how much I love to run!!!

    Have a wonderful day!

    • KatherineRunsUltras March 10, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      I’m glad that you think that walking helps 100 mile training too! I was worried at first about the loss of training but then I decided it’s not worth worrying about something that I can do nothing about. Plus I’m sure there will be a lot of walking in my 100 miler and more time on the feet definitely helps. I hope you’re having a great day!

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