Long Run on the Road

Today I’ve got some tips for when your run doesn’t begin and end at your home.

One of my favorite ways to explore a new city is by running around it. (The other is by eating my way through it.) When Nick and I went to Nashville last month, we chose to do our weekly long run there as a way to see one of the local parks. When packing for the trip, we made sure to include everything we would need before, during, and after our run.

long run

When you go on a run (or walk, hike, bike, etc.) on vacation, you are required to bring more with you than if you were going to end up back at home. Some important things to remember are:

  • Running shoes and clothes. It sounds obvious, but I once packed for a weekend that included a race and forgot a sports bra.
  • Extra dry clothes to change in to. This is particularly important if you aren’t going to be heading straight back to where you are staying, or if you have a long drive. Sitting around in sweaty clothes is no fun.
  • Water. My advice is to always pack more than you think you need, especially if you’re going to be on a remote trail. Bring some with you on your run and leave some in the car for after you finish. If you can, find out if there are water fountains near where you’re going to be.
  • Food. If you’re going to be driving a while to your destination, think about packing a snack to eat before you run. You’ll also want to refuel afterward. We usually bring fruit and homemade protein bites to tide us over before we hit up a local restaurant (preferably after a shower.)
  • Foam roller. Roll out your muscles and stretch right away so that you aren’t too sore or tight to enjoy the rest of your day.
  • Phone. It’s nice to have just in case something happens and you aren’t close to a road, or if you’re unfamiliar with your surroundings.
  • Map. If your phone doesn’t have GPS, a map can be handy.
  • Car keys. Don’t lock yourself out of your car while you’re running!
  • Sunscreen and/or insect repellent. Check the weather and geography before you head out so that you can be prepared. Spending the rest of your trip sun burnt and mosquito-bitten would be a bummer.
  • Money. Anything that you forgot, you can probably still pick up locally. You’ll also want that money so you can treat yourself to a nice local meal!

Am I forgetting anything? What else do you pack for such an adventure?



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