Running on the Road

 On a run near the Opera House in Sydney with a view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (Linda on the left).

On a run near the Opera House in Sydney with a view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (Linda on the left).

I love to travel.  Even when traveling for business to a place that may not be considered a top tourist destination, I have a passion for discovering new places.  However, when traveling for business, it’s not always easy to get out and sightsee when you’re stuck inside another hotel ballroom or generic office.  It’s also difficult to find time to exercise, which is one of my top stress-relieving activities.

That’s why, when I travel, I always make time to go for a quick run wherever I am.  Running in a new destination gives me an opportunity to get outside and see the local sights. It also helps me squeeze in some exercise without having to work out in a dark hotel workout room.  I will often book my flights so that I arrive sometime around midday, giving me the late afternoon to find a nearby trail and get in a quick run before the work starts.

 Chicago on the waterfront (Lake Michigan)

Chicago on the waterfront (Lake Michigan)

 DC Monuments Run.

DC Monuments Run.

Running while traveling has helped me find places I might never discover on my own – a small lake with a perimeter walking path or a beautiful park that only the locals know about.  It also allows me to see well-known sights from a different perspective – like running through the monuments in Washington DC or jogging from my midtown hotel to Central Park in NYC.  I always see things running that I would miss riding by in a car.

 Hotel running map for DC

Hotel running map for DC

When I arrive in a new destination, the first thing I do is ask the front desk where the best running trails are.  Often, they’ll guide me to something near the hotel, but if you ask for the best trails (or if the person at the front desk also happens to be a runner), you’ll be directed to some awesome running spots.  It may require driving somewhere or taking an Uber to get there, but I’m rarely disappointed. Some hotels even have running trail cards printed that they give out to guests, so make sure to ask.

 View of an Elvis impersonator taken on a run on the strip in Vegas.

View of an Elvis impersonator taken on a run on the strip in Vegas.

For me, going for a run in a new destination is part of my love of travel.  Next time you’re traveling for work or fun, give it a try.  There is no better way to relieve stress, enjoy the outdoors, and experience your destination.