Hit the trailNo matter where you are, there are new paths to run and trails to discover. Join Friederike as she takes us for a run along her favourite trail route. With HOKA ONE ONE, it’s #TimeToFly.
Hit the Trail with Friederike Franze
Wandlitz - Germany
Friederike - DE
Friederike Franze is a passionate travel and lifestyle blogger living in Berlin, Germany. One of her great passions is fitness, which she follows in adventures all over the world. She can often be found hiking through new terrains, from the forests of Germany to the glaciers of Iceland, exploring new landscapes and capturing her journeys on camera.www.freiseindesign.com
Why it's important to run in new locations?
Nothing is more liberating, beautiful or exciting than exploring a new and unknown trail. Every route we run for the first time is something unique. Our senses are heightened and everything we see, smell and feel on that path is exhilarating!
Whenever I travel, I pack my running shoes and get out on those roads to discover somewhere new. It could be in the morning at dawn when you’re the first one on the trail, or at night with a headlight switched on, when the whole road is yours. Running is the elixir of life and to keep it that way we must venture forward.
Running is the elixir of life and to keep it that way we must venture forward.”
What you love about this run?
This trail run takes you about 8km around Lake Liebnitz near Berlin. The area is idyllic. From muddy paths to stony roads, and dense forest to lake-side views, the trail offers almost every terrain. It will take you up and downhill, but you’ll be rewarded with stunning views over the lake. Even if you are a beginner, there is so much to see and explore you’ll forget all about how far you’ve run. The route is the perfect place to run without your phone to distract you. Listen to the sounds of the forest and lake, and all paths are so well signposted you’ll stay on track.
If you want to run further, there are so many more routes between Bernau and Wandlitz. The mixed woodlands of pines, beeches, oaks and alders is the perfect place to explore, just outside of the city.
I realised I was avoiding tricky terrains in my old running shoes as I was scared of injury, and was limiting myself so much. In the Speedgoat 2, even when running up and downhill I felt stable and protected."
How the shoes helped and supported you?
Here on the trails I was glad to have good support under my feet. The Speedgoat 2 has a midsole made of CMEVA foam to absorb hard impact and give you a more stable running base. The open mesh construction kept my feet cool and the wide toe area gives your feet lots of freedom, so they don’t crush your toes when you run downhill. Also they are so lightweight, making them perfect for long distances.
I realised I was avoiding tricky terrains in my old running shoes as I was scared of injury, and was limiting myself so much. In these shoes, even when running up and downhill I felt stable and protected. At the end of my run dipped my feet in the lake to cool down and even with wet feet and socks the shoe fit fantastically and bought me safely to the car park, slip free!
The running experts from Hoka One One know what they are doing. I loved my run around Lake Liepnitz, just north of Berlin. All I can recommend is to get outside and get running!