As I was preparing my bag for my first business trip of the fall, I began thinking that this will be my first travel season while I’m in the midst of heavy training. I have about two months left until my very first marathon and during that two month period, I will be traveling at least every other week. That means lots of runs on the road. Running while on business travel can be tricky, but here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way:
- Do your homework. I make sure to spend some time on Map My Run before traveling to scope out possible run routes for my trip. I also search meetup.com to see if there are any fun group runs I can join while I’m traveling. Doing so is how I successfully crashed a run in Miami (read all about that here) – it’s a fun way to get your run in and meet new people while in a different city!
- Pack your running gear first. When I purchased my foam roller, I purposely purchased the shorter version so that I could pack it with me on trips. This can require some expert packing, but wearing your sneakers aboard the plane helps with that. I also make sure to pack my running belt, any fuel I might want and my compression socks. Here’s my suitcase from my most recent trip:
- Plan for safety. Don’t forget your Road ID and please don’t forget to let someone know you are going for a run and your planned route. Don’t run in the dark or on isolated streets — even if you normally do so at home. If you can, ask a local run club or someone who runs for route recommendations. This goes hand in hand with tip number four…
- Utilize your hotel concierge. Chances are your hotel concierge has some running route recommendations or even a little preprinted map with routes. Make sure you stop by and ask – plus this has the added advantage of having someone at the hotel aware of your whereabouts.
- Plan for the unexpected. What will you do if it pours rain on your trip? Is there a gym in your hotel? If not, can you get a day pass to a gym? Be prepared for something to pop up, making it difficult for you to get in your planned workout and be prepared to be flexible. Make sure you have a back up plan ready so that your run is not completely derailed by the weather, time or any other factor out of your control.
Do you run when you travel? Any tips for runners traveling for work?