I’m not referring to the type of runs you do away from the trails. I’m talking about taking your running on the road. I hear from a lot of clients who are concerned about still training with work or travel plans. I absolutely get their concerns. But I think most people are missing out on the best part of running; doing it in totally new places. Sure you love your daily running route, but nothing is more exciting than lacing up and not knowing what is around the next corner.
Whether you are out of town on business or with the family on vacation, there are ways to slip away for a few miles. Heck, after a rough day of business meetings, an evening run in a new city might be the perfect way to unwind (and justify a glass of wine or two later). Even when you are with the family at a new destination there is often a way to head out for a 30 minute to hour long run.
Perhaps you might not be able to log that long run you had your heart set on, or fit in what your training plan called for, but anything is always better than nothing. The new terrain can also refresh your mind and body and bring a new sense of love for the sport. This is super helpful when you are in need of a pick me up or if your running is feeling stale.
There are some great apps available to help make travel running easier. Mapmyrun offers users a way to log their runs with descriptions and mileage for others to look up in various destinations. A recent favorite of mine is localeikki.com where users can write down and share favorite running routes. This site is full of great pictures and information for runners, hikers, and bikers.
One of the best ways I find new routes is to do a little online research before I head out on vacation. When you arrive don’t be afraid to ask around. Sometimes the best resources are not at the front desk of your hotel. My husband and I ended up at a bar one afternoon for a post run burger and beer when we met a bartender who happened to be an avid cyclist. He gave us some great info on places we had never heard of.
When all else fails there is always the gym. I have lucked out here in two different ways. Sometimes your hotel gym can really surprise you with top notch equipment. One of our favorite spots in upstate New York offers passes to a local gym that has become my absolute number one facility. Besides having the best treadmills (and tons of them) they also have a great summer pool situation. The best part is, the hotel offers this perk for free. So don’t be afraid to ask at the front desk. You never know where you might end up!
I know that whenever I travel I tend to eat a lot more food and things that I normally wouldn’t have. I feel like I fall out of my normal routine and get in a bit of a funk. Running on vacation always makes me feel like I am still keeping it all on track.
What are you favorite tips for getting runs in on the road?