How do you plan running routes on vacation? This is something that I always try to plan in advance before I go on vacation or travel to a new area. I’m a planner by nature, so my running gets a spot on my pre-travel to-do list.
Find a local run group
Before you head out on your next vacation adventure, check into local running groups. Most cities do have local groups or national chapters that are absolutely welcoming of visitors. She Runs This Town is one organization that can be contacted to find a welcoming group run. You can also google running stores in the area you are visiting and they should be able to help connect you with a local group for your stay.
Run around your resort
If you are staying at a resort, you can find tons of room to create a scenic running route. So many big resorts are built to sprawling properties, with lots of little paths. Benefits include being contained in one area, and getting to explore the grounds, especially if you go out early before the rest of the guests start stirring. Resort running is a fairly safe way to get in your miles while you’re away from home.
Ask your hotel concierge
Hotel concierges are an incredibly valuable resource for travelers, and runners can certainly take advantage. Ask about safe running routes at your hotel front desk. One of my favorite things was when a hotel gave me this card for routes around San Francisco. It was easy to carry, easy to follow, and easy to share with my husband/travel partner.
Stick to the landmarks + popular areas
If you’re striking out on your own, plan a path that goes by bigger landmarks and popular areas. I always feel more comfortable in well-traveled areas with lots of people, just in case something goes wrong. As a bonus, you get to see some local sights.
Sign up for a running tour
Running tours are all the rage, and there are plenty of destinations that offer them to visitors, and even locals who wants a guided tour of their area. You’ll meet up with a running tour guide, who will provide both company and historical details and interesting facts about the area you’re visiting. You’ll also have someone to take photos of you by cool landmarks.
Take advantage of your hotel gym
Worst case scenario, your hotel gym should have a treadmill for you to get in some miles if there aren’t any other options. It’s not nearly as fun or exciting as the rest of the things we discussed, but miles are miles, and new do what we have to do.
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How do you plan running routes when you’re on vacation?