It’s funny how many runners bend their vacations around the run. We’ve scheduled our “leave-the-house” time for after a long run and mapped new running routes on MapMyRun when we knew where we’d be staying for the night. (When you spend most vacations camping, you usually don’t know where you’ll be spending the night.)
Last year, however, before my husband and I traveled to Phoenix to see the Ducks play in the BSC National Championship, I first found two nearby parks so we could run the trails.
Those runs were the highlight of our trip and probably would have still been the highlight if Oregon had won the game.
Our approach to running vacations is mild compared to some runners we know. A triathlete we see at a lot of local races and running club events, for example, asked if my husband and I had started scheduling our vacations around out-of-town races. The glint in his eyes was that of a running evangelist and his shirt was a moisture-wicking billboard for a half-marathon in California – obvious race swag.
I replied, “not yet.”
Over the last two years I’ve looked up quite a few marathons at Marathon Guide and then priced the cost of hotel and airfare for a winter weekend running in a warmer locale. I really liked running trails in Phoenix in January.
Each time I look, the itch to race somewhere new gets stronger and stronger. It’s only a matter of time before I scratch it. Until then, I’ll keep mapping new routes.
How do you run your vacations?
About the comic: Since I run kinda funny, about once a month 3Rs posts a running comic courtesy of Jason Nocera from Running Shirts and Gifts. Jason also creates custom comics.