One of the biggest hurdles many of the runners I work with, is getting training runs in during vacations and travel. Whether you are away on a trip, out of town for work, or at a wedding, there are usually ways to get your runs in. Research is almost always your best bet to make this process easier.
Plan ahead: The internet is your friend. Get on Google and Google Maps and take a look at what the area will be like. Is it safe to run? Are there sidewalks or running paths? Many area websites offer advice on great places to run. I research hotels and resorts based on their gyms. When we took a trip to Punta Cana, I made sure there was a good indoor space to run, knowing that outside wouldn’t be a safe option.
Get on the phone: Call your hotel concierge and ask about their gym and recommendations for places to run. Make sure you tell them how far you are looking to go! Did you know that some Westin’s offer Running Concierges?
Contact the local running stores. Many offer weekly and weekend group runs. Fleet Feet in Chicago has a fantastic Chick’s Night and a variety of group runs throughout the week. These are great ways to meet people and learn about other fun places to run, eat, or drink in the city you are visiting.
Find a local gym: If you know that the place you are visiting won’t be great for outdoor running or the weather is looking questionable, call local gyms and find out what type of day passes they offer. Some will give you one day for free. I recently got a day pass at a beautiful new L.A. Fitness for $15. When I went to pay, they reminded me to keep my receipt because it was valid for 24 hours!
Try something different: When we took a weekend trip to Boston, I had read about a local running tour that visitors often use. We booked our tour and added on the Harpoon Brewery tour option. City Running tours made our visit to Boston one of the best memories of our vacation. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. We were able to visit far more places than most tourists get to do on foot in one day, let alone in two hours. Plus, we got to visit a brewery and enjoy unlimited sips for awhile.
Find an event: Whenever we visit a place for more than a few days, I go on Running In The USA to see if the area we are staying in has any events going on. It doesn’t always work, but we’ve been lucky enough to find a few races during our stays. We once found a really fun 10k at a golf resort near where we were staying in Florida. It was such a great way to start a Saturday morning of vacation.
If you are staying somewhere safe, go explore: When we went on our honeymoon to Aruba, we chose our vacation because the island is incredibly safe. It is also conveniently small and basically experiences the same weather every day, year round. Knowing that it was okay to run around the island, allowed us to log 70 miles over the course of a week. We took time to stop in shops and wandered through neighborhoods and touristy areas. We left feeling like we really got a great understanding of what Aruba was like.
It might take a little research to find a place to run. But if you take some time to plan ahead, running during a vacation or other events, can really be a great way to enjoy your time in a new place.
How do you like to get a run in when you are out of town?