Today we are going to string together a few different quick travel tips into this one quick tip episode.
Tom Leddy and Carol Valls are the co-writers of the book The Ultimate Travel Guide for Runners, and they are back for one final quick tip episode to fill in some of the gaps that we glossed over during out chats in the last few weeks.
If you have a destination race on your horizon, you definitely want to check out their book full of travel tips and tricks that will help you save some money and improve your traveling/racing experience.
Rental Car Insurance: Do You Need It?
Double check this before you go, but in most cases your personal car insurance policy covers you when you’re driving a rental car.
And more often than not, the credit card you use to rent the car with probably provides coverage as well.
So feel free to take a hard pass when you’re trying to be sold insurance for your rental car.
Travel Tips for the Day Before/After a Race
If you find yourself in a situation where you’re traveling immediately before or immediately after a race, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind.
One is to make sure you stay well hydrated and well fueled before your flight.
Being well fueled and hydrated is always going to help your body recover after a race.
Additionally, having a good pair of compression socks or compression tights are good to help maintain good circulation and prevent blood pooling in your legs while sitting on an airplane after your race.
If you’re driving, compression socks aren’t a bad idea either.
Last but not least, if you’re able to do some moving after your race that is going to help too. So maybe try to sit on the aisle so you can get up and stretch your legs regularly to help keep the blood moving.
Racing in a Different Climate Than You Train
When you’re preparing for a destination race, you’re most likely going to be racing in an area that has dramatically different weather/climate/elevation than where you’re doing your training.
As such, you may be unable to properly prepare for the conditions of your race.
If you find yourself in such a situation, sometimes the best thing you can do is the best you can do.
Be prepared by knowing where you are traveling to and what the conditions are going to be like.
The End of the Series
This is the last of a series of episodes featuring Tom and Carol covering a variety of topics related to smarter travel when it comes to going to destination races.
If you missed any of the previous episodes, we have covered saving money on travel/hotels, eating well while traveling, avoiding/minimizing jet lag, and whether or not you should get travel insurance.
And you should definitely grab a copy of their book, The Ultimate Travel Guide for Runners, for more tips and tricks you can use before signing up for your next destination race.
If you’d like Carol to help you make travel plans for your next destination race, check out her website at 2LTravel.com!
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