6 Key Tips for Running on Vacation

I always look forward to going on vacation—who doesn’t? But an added bonus for me is exploring a new city on foot in the early morning hours.

It’s sort of a tradition for me; when I arrived at Arizona State University, the first thing I did was lace up my running shoes to take a tour of campus. A stint in Maine to visit family meant morning runs down dirt roads near fields and old farm houses.

I’m lucky enough to be in Boulder, Colorado for a good friend’s wedding and I couldn’t wait to go on a run. So, as is routine, during my first morning here in Colorado, I donned running shoes, capri running pants, tech shirt and finally, my official Boston Marathon windbreaker jacket (yay!) and set off on my adventure.

One of the best parts of being a runner is you can enjoy your sport wherever you go. We’re situated near University of Colorado’s Boulder campus (go Buffs, as my friend would say!). I decided to head in the direction of campus and explore a bit.

So, what should you keep in mind when you run on vacation? Here’s what I’ve learned:

1. Plan your route. Whether you’re staying at a hotel or at a family member’s house, ask for directions of where you should go. Odds are, they can point you in the right (and safest!) direction.

2. Skip the music. We all enjoy the background music, but when you’re in an unfamiliar area, it’s key to be as alert and aware as possible when you go running.

3. Pay close attention to signs. Traffic flow is often very different in every city you visit. Keep an eye out for more “yield” signs, never jay walk and be aware of cyclists.

4. Bring ID & a few bucks. Always stash your phone and your driver’s license or other ID and some cash in your pockets just in case.

5. Run early. Stick to the early morning hours for ideal temps, a sunny start and a guarantee that you’ll get your run in. Studies show that those who exercise in the morning stick with it more than those who try for evenings when plans often change.

6. Tell someone where you’re going. Simple as that: Always loop someone in on where you’re headed, or, take them with you if possible.

Bottom line: running on vacation is one of the best ways to get familiar with a city as long as you stay safe. You’ll be surprised at how easy it will be to get around, sans the GPS.


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