I was in San Diego a couple of weeks ago to accompany my wife for her high school reunion. It was a weekend and so my running will have to be in a different route and location this time around.
The first thing that came up to mind when I first learned about this was, What should I do when running out of town?
I came up with a lot of ideas and here’s some basics that I hope will be of help:
1. Bring your running shoes. You might say that’s easy but things can happen. Make sure you get the shoes ready days before. I brought my running shoes on this trip but I forgot my dress shoes, only because I was rushing at the last minute.
2. Don’t forget your sports nutrition needs before, during and after runs. They should always be on hand. After all you should always aim to finish strong if possible. Plus, you don’t want to be trying new stuff while away from home. Surprised health problems while away is never a good thing.
3. Avoid wearing new running gears on long runs. Shoes, shirts and socks, etc. are easily available but if you are running for prolonged period of time they may cause some bodily discomfort. I tried a new shirt one time and my nipples started bleeding after an hour. Band-Aid would have help but it was too late. Not a pleasant experience. Blisters caused by new shoes or socks are a common problems.
4. Map your route. It’s always good to know where you may consider running. You don’t want to be running lost in unfamiliar territory. Plus, it’s always a good idea to know how long the run is going to be. Try google maps…
5. Check other runners on social networking sites for best routes in an area. They’re a good source of information. You may end up running with fellow runners (on a particular network) up close and personal.
6. Don’t forget your running watch. It’s good to know run times. You know exactly if it’s time to head back to homebase. Can you imagine enjoying the run and scenery only to realize that you are way too far out? Coming back will be a bummer…
7. Be safe out there. Always use common sense and make sure you’re aware of your surroundings at all times. Bring your cell phone with you – just in case. You may end up with some great shots along the way.
8. Have some form of identification with you. A name and phone number to call will be very valuable in any emergency. Write it down on a piece of tape and put it on your shoes (shoe laces are a good spot). Search online, you may be surprised how many product options runners like you have.
The list can be longer but that’s where you come in. I know runners always come up with great suggestions.
So, feel free to send us your tips when running out of town. Be Safe and Have Fun!