Lacing up your running shoes and putting in some miles while on vacation is a fantastic way to recommit to your love of running. It’s also a great way to see a new part of the world without sitting on a packed tour bus, straining to listen to garbled narration over a speaker system. Here are five ways to see the world and rock a runcation this year.
Start with a Running Concierge
Forget the treadmill in the hotel gym, unless of course you’re staring out at the twinkling skyline from the fitness center on the 47th floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Instead, meet up with a hotel “running concierge” who leads group runs across major cities, usually sharing anecdotes and history along the way. Westin may have led the charge with their runWESTIN program, but many other hotel brands, including Kimpton and Ritz-Carlton, now offer guided runs and pocket-size route maps ranging from three to five miles.
Sign Up for a Sightrunning Tour
Thanks to the growth in wellness travel, nearly every major metro area has running tours, like City Running Tours, which offers sightrunning tours across more than a dozen cities, highlighting neighborhoods and attractions easily missed when exploring with a guidebook alone. There are even beer-themed runs that take runners through historic neighborhoods before cooling down with a pint at a local brewery. Like movies? Sac Running Tours in Sacramento offers a 3.2 mile running tour across seven iconic locations featured in the coming-of-age movie Lady Bird.
Plan a Racecation
Not everyone has 26.2 miles in them, but if you do, check out Albatros Adventure Marathons, which runs five bucket list marathons each year, including the Great Wall Marathon in China and the Polar Circle Marathon in Greenland. For national park lovers, Vacation Races organizes more than a dozen half marathons in some of the most beautiful places in the country including Zion, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Or, look to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, which includes half and full marathons in major cities around the world.
Go on a Cruise
If setting sail on an ocean cruise evokes images of water slides, deck chair towel animals and lengthy buffet lines, then turn your attention to a running cruise. Marathon Expeditions hosts three week-long running cruises each year in the Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii, transforming a typical ocean sail into a running adventure across beautiful wooded trails and pristine sandy beaches. Each day, participants run distances that range from a 5K to a half marathon. And, yes, everyone brings home a little bling to add to their collections.
Make Your Run More Mindful
We all know that running can be a great way to clear your head, but given mindfulness has become such a buzz word in wellness circles, you may want to consider upping your mindful running game. Enter Run Wild Retreats + Wellness, which offers trail running retreats designed to nurture a routine that fits into a busy lifestyle. Set in beautiful destinations like Ireland; Spain; and Moab, Utah; it’s hard not to find peace of mind in such idyllic locations. Or, try an all-inclusive running camp like Camp Runabout in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.