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Running And Traveling


Running on the go is something that all runners deal with. Whether you are out of town for business or pleasure. It doesn't have to be a problem - it just takes a little pre-planning.

Most people when they are going on vacation or taking a business trip look at the amenities at a hotel for several things. Usually a pool, restaurant, irons, hair dryers, etc.

Not, me! When I'm traveling, I look to see if the hotel has a decent fitness center. And, if I can't tell from the pictures if they have a treadmill, I'll give them a call to find out.

Now, I like running outdoors if possible. But, sometimes when travelling, it's better to hit the treadmill - especially if you are in an area that you are not familiar with. And, depending on what time of day that you'll be heading out to run. Most events at a conference start at 8:00 - so I'm up and running by 5 a.m. So, most of the time I'll just head to the fitness center. (And, on a side note, it gives my husband peace of mind!)

In addition to checking if the hotel has a fitness center, you need to see what hours it is available. Some hotels limit the time of their fitness center - not sure why, but they do. I try to find hotels that have a fitness center that is available 24 hours. Most of them are these days - but it's best to be sure. You don't want to be all ready to go running early and find out it doesn't open until 7 or 8.

If you have to stay somewhere that doesn't have a fitness center, give the hotel a call before you leave. Tell them that you are a runner and that you are not familiar with the area where they are located. Ask them if it is alright to run there - and let them know what time you'll be planning on running.

You never know what you may find. In the past, I've found that a nice running trail may be very close to where I'm staying - and safe and well-lit. Usually, hotels are very helpful. They'll tell you if it's safe to run - and what direction you should head out in. Don't be afraid to ask - it's your safety!

Running on the go is easy. You just need to do a little planning.

 


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