I love it because:
-you can get to know the new location better by foot than by driving around
-running makes me feel more relaxed the rest of the day, so I can better enjoy my vacation
-you can meet new running buddies if you're somewhere for more than a few days
-races in a new city are a way to create a wonderful memory!
|Running on Coronado Island in San Diego May 2012|
1) Wake up early and do it. Don't hamper your travel buddy's schedule by making them wait around while you get your sweat on if you have a day jam packed with other activities. You don't want it to be a burden, so just wake up earlier to add an extra hour or so to the beginning of your day to make it happen.
|Running in San Francisco summer 2011|
3) Google local running clubs and find their scheduled group runs. When I was in Santa Fe last summer, I found a wonderfully friendly group of running buddies, the Santa Fe Striders. I ran with them a couple times, met a super nice girl, and even hung out with them after a group run.
|Racing in Santa Fe with Caroline Rotich summer 2011|
What an opportunity to meet her!
I think she was 3rd at the Boston marathon that year.
This is probably her slow crawl haha :)
|Running the OC Marathon while on vacation in May 2012...|
signed up for that race the week I was there.
Can we say crazy person?
I know many people who prefer to not exercise while on vacation, and I understand that sometimes it just doesn't make sense to do fit in a little sweat if you're on a tight schedule or unfamiliar territory. However, if you're going to be spending a few days somewhere, it can really enhance your trip!
Do you like to run while on vacation?
I usually manage to make it happen, definitely helps me enjoy the rest of the trip.