Winter run around Lake Zell

Keep on runnin'

The motivation for running of many amateur sportsmen and women drops with the arrival of cold temperatures. The weaker self gets the better of you and increasingly whispers “too cold, too wet, too dark“. But you shouldn’t listen to that because running can also be fun in winter – especially when the running track is so unique: the circular route around Lake Zell.

Circular Route around Lake Zell

The route, which is also part of the IRONMAN 70.3, totals 11 kilometres and a large part leads directly along the shores of the glistening Lake Zell – surrounded by impressive mountain scenery with view to the snow-covered Kitzsteinhorn, the mighty Steinerne Meer Mountains and some of the highest peaks in the Salzburg Alps. If 11 kilometres isn’t enough for you, then you can simply extend the route through the nature reserve towards Bruck, along the babbling Salzach River to Kaprun. There are no limits. As there are only a few gradients, this running route is ideal for beginners and ambitious runners alike – however, sturdy footwear is recommended. There are no excuses when the sun comes out on a beautiful winter’s day as I had been lucky to experience!

But there are basically many reasons to start running: it doesn’t just strengthen your cardiovascular and immune system but also your muscles. And running doesn’t just have an effect on your body but on your mind too: running for me personally is a wonderful activity to free up my mind and to draw strength from at the same time. It’s good for releasing stress and to loosen up. And I have noticed something else: running is addictive – and that in good way. Anyone who has started running and continues this on a regular basis will notice how quickly one misses running when you stop for a while. I, for example, feel quickly unbalanced and tense. The good thing about running is also this pleasant feeling one gets after every run: “Yes, I’ve done it – I’ve done something good for myself again!“

So, what are you waiting for? Get off the sofa, put on your trainers and simply run – as already said: what better place could there be than this paradise between glacier, mountain and lake.