|I would have missed this if I hadn't run on vacation!|
- Look at a map of your area. I simply pull up the map app on my phone and look around my current location. I've done this enough that I can typically determine a pretty accurate route from that map alone; for one run on my last vacation I eyeballed a loop I thought would be 4 miles, and it ended up measuring 4.1 miles (I was going to run it 3 times for a 12 miler, but then I found other places to explore, illustrating the importance of being open-minded)! Look for:
- Rivers and lakes. There are often running trails that run along rivers and lakes, and you won't always find them online. Find an easy way to get from your hotel to the water, and you'll often find great running paths once you get there! I found a great path by doing this on our Niagara Falls vacation.
- Parks. Every park is going to have at minimum sidewalks around it. Some parks are tiny and not of much help, but you can gauge that from the map.
- Roads leading out of town. When road tripping, we often stay in smaller towns along the way, and in the Midwest I can simply run out of town onto country roads. I did this several times on our Niagara Falls vacation, our Minnesota/Canada vacation, and our Yellowstone vacation.
- In town major roads. If there are no great options for routes, running alongside a major road in town is often a good bet. There are almost always sidewalks you can run on, and since you're running parallel to most of the traffic flow you won't have to stop for cars (cars coming off of side streets will generally have stop signs or lights, so will have to yield for you). I did a lot of this on our Orlando vacation. If you are at a big attraction like Disney, another option is running around the theme park parking lots, but we didn't stay on site so I didn't do this.
- Highways, so you can avoid running on them and crossing them.
Running on vacation in general
Our 2018 trip to Niagara Falls and what I ran during it
Our 2018 Minnesota and Canada vacation, and what I ran during it
A briefer mention of our post-CIM 2017 California vacation
Why being an endurance athlete is helpful on a Disney vacation
Disney vacation part 1, with runs detailed
Disney vacation part 2, with runs detailed
Disney vacation part 3, with runs detailed
Disney vacation part 4, with runs detailed
Our 2016 Yellowstone vacation, and what I ran during it