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Five Tips For Getting In A Run While Away From Home

Don't let that trip derail your mileage. Here are five tips for getting in a run while away from home.

One of the hardest things to work around while training is the need to travel out of town. Often, your time isn’t your own, and your location may not be of your choosing. Obviously, if you are only traveling for a day or two, changing up your training schedule to have a rest day fall during the trip is useful. However, if you are going to be gone for a longer period of time, it’s necessary to make a plan so that you can get that run in.

Here are some tips to make it happen.

Use the hotel treadmill

While a treadmill may not be a runner’s first choice, it’s often the smartest solution for a traveler. No worries about safety when it’s dark outside, or the possibility of getting lost. Most hotels have extended fitness room hours or are willing to make exceptions if you cannot work out on a typical schedule.

Ask the concierge

Hotels often have information about routes available for guests. Some hotels even offer amenities such as water bottles and fruit to their exercising guests. Even if there is nothing formal, many times someone on staff is a runner and can give you ideas.

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Find a local running store

Running stores are not just a familiar setting in a strange city. They are also a great source of information. Most running store employees are local runners who can advise you on the safest runs in the general area of the store, and perhaps in the surrounding areas as well. If you are lucky (and interested), they may be hosting a group run at a time that works for you.

Find a local gym

If your hotel does not have a fitness center, it might have an agreement with a local gym. Or perhaps you have a membership at home with a gym that has a branch at your destination. If all else fails, many gyms will offer a free or reduced “trial membership” that will likely be worth the expense.

If all else fails, check the Internet

MapMyRun, Strava and other resources often include run suggestions if you search by location. Facebook is full of groups of runners, some designated by location, while others are by some interest. and running group websites can provide useful route information. They may even provide the possibility of a running companion.

Traveling for work or vacation is often challenging. Training for a race is hard enough. But unless you are working 12-hour days in a hotel with no treadmill on the wrong side of town, there are ways to get a run in if you want to.

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