During my PhD, I had the fortune to present my research at several international conferences. This meant long nights on the plane, too much coffee between sessions, and little physical exercise. Unsurprisingly, you also don’t experience much local culture (or even local weather) on a three-days conference trip spending most of the day within a climatized, window-less hotel meeting room staring at one slide set after the other.
On my first conference in Barcelona, I went for a quick run between the last session and conference dinner. With so many things to see, my run turned into a half marathon. Back then and there, I decided to do a half marathon on each of my future business trips.
Over time, I established a few ground rules to maximize my sightrunning experience:
- Nothing below 21.1 kms (half marathon distance) counts.
- No maps or smart phones allowed during the run.
- On red light, go right.
- If there are verticals, do them – the view is better from above.
Six years later, I have built a beautiful collection of half marathons (= memories) around the globe that I like to share here.
- 03/2013 Barcelona
- 04/2013 Budapest
- 07/2014 Oxford, UK
- 03/2015 San Antonio, Texas
- 03/2015 Austin, Texas
- 10/2015 London
- 11/2016 Chicago
- 03/2017 Scottsdale, Arizona
- 12/2018 San Juan, Puerto Rico
My collection also include some memorable runs that have not originated from a business trip:
- Schwerte (where I come from)
- Aachen (where I studied)
- Köln (where I moved for work)
- Duisburg (where I set my personal record)
- Sagres (Algarve)
Among many others, these cities are still on my bucket list:
- Munich and Berlin (missing in my collection of Germany’s biggest cities)
- Stockholm (childhood dreams)
- New York and Boston
- Lisbon, Bordeaux and San Sebastian