THE TRAVELLING ATHLETE

Tips for Running While Traveling

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you may be wondering how you can fit your running schedule into your travel plans. Follow these tips and strategies so you don’t have to put your running on hold while you’re on the road.
Do research before you leave.
Check out sites such as Map My Run or Run The Planet for running routes at your vacation locale. If you already have a few running routes in hand, you won’t feel as apprehensive about running at your destination once you arrive.

Run on the treadmill.
Most hotels and cruise ships have a gym with at least one treadmill. If weather or safety is an issue, try to jump on the treadmill for a few miles every other day — that should be enough to maintain your fitness.

Find a local gym.
If the place you’re staying at doesn’t have a gym, try to find one locally where you can work out. Some gyms offer day guest passes or allow guests to work out for a small fee. Also, check and see if your hometown gym has a branch in the city you’re visiting.
Take advantage of cross-training.

When you’re on vacation, you may be doing activities that aren’t part of your usual exercise routine, such as hiking, kayaking, or swimming. One of those cross-training activities can be a substitute for your run, so don’t feel pressure to run AND do one of those cross-training activities in one day.
Run in the morning.
If you get your run over with early in the day, it won’t interfere with your sightseeing, relaxation, or work-related activities. And if you’re traveling to a warm weather climate, getting out early means you won’t be running in the heat of the day.

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