Brooks Run Happy - Munich 26. Juni 2015

Unconventional, a little brash and unbelievably funny. Three adjectives that describes Brooks Run Happy Tour, which took place for the very first time this year. The main objective: to experience the joy of running and the fun of moving aproximately 200 participants through middle of the city. A mini marathon with no great bureaucracy anticipated, but with no less structure. The route, which took place in Munich, was so unique that it is unlikely to ever occur in a race profile. From the central location it went full of enthusiasm, initially towards Theresienwiese. Followed by a crossing of roads and metro stations into the heart of Munich Old Town. Soon the urban and noisy areas were left behind and turned to countryside – namely the Isar. This part of the route could, of course, not be forgotten; the end of the Isar Run, where the Supporting Crew play their part in the Munich run. A relaxing get together with a sausage in one hand and a cold drink in the other, with the collective consensus of “how good was that?!” Far and wide, it was impossible to find a face which did not smile! Brilliant! →Agenda 2016: Definitely to be a part of RunHappy.

"By far the most entertaining race I have ever competed in! Even if the sporting challenge stands in the background, the amount of fun is hard to beat! Great, Brooks!" (Raphael, Coach of the Isar Run Running Club)

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Munich City Run- Half Marathon 28.06.2015

Year after year, an orange coloured mass 21km long spreads throughout the center of Munich, meandering through the English Garten. This year Keller Sports presented participants coming from our own initiative “Isar Run”. Both the 21km and the 10km would be defeated by our powerful team. It kicked off with a flag on the shoulder and an appropriately armed t-shirt. The speed of the team over the 21km all depended on the slowest member – team spirit and the first time conquering distance was the clear priority. Conclusion: Great run with motivated people and a great organization. Disadvantage: The route runs almost exclusively throughout the English Garten and so does not have the greatest diversity and variety in terms of route.

The sport enthusiasm in Munich and the positive response of the Isar Run was great!” (André, Director Marketing & Sales)

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="16698,16711"] As a professional and coach of the running club Isar Run, I have written some tips, to ensure the best preparation for a race.
  • Running Shoe: Make sure that they have a natural fit and are made for the appropriate purpose. Type of surface, distance, the necessary form and support, and the influence of your running style are all relevant factors . Always keep in mind that while running, your shoes are like your only ‘work tool’ and so should have the corresponding value!
  • Nutrition: In addition to a generally healthy and balanced diet, it is even more crucial what and how you eat immediately before a long race. A day before the run the focus should be focused on easily digestible, high-carbohydrate food. Meals such as rice, pasta and potatoes. Sources of high protein, such as fish, is great way to provide this necessary protein. Stay away from foods that promote digestion such as high-fiber or greasy foods.
  • Training is of course the basis. Depending on your current level, approximately 10km in a relatively short training time is doable. Only long term training and a healthy body makes it possible to complete routes over 21km. Additional workouts, like interval runs and endurance runs are advised to be completed to prepare the body for distance. But of course, as with any form of training, you must get the right balance of training and recovery!
  • Stretching Before The Race? Instead of stretching for minutes, you must thoroughly warm up to activate the body and get blood circulation going. Shorter stretches (3-6 sec long) is great, because stretching reduces the risk of injury, however excessive stretching reduces muscle tone - tension decreases and performance potential also decreases – we become weaker! However, after the race and at least and every third training session you should thoroughly stretch. This increases flexibility, reduces risk of injury and increases the regenerative capacity.