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Do You Run When You’re on Vacation?

To me, going for a run when you’re on vacation is one of the best parts of going on a vacation!

Last year when I went to podcast movement, I made sure to go for a run with no idea where I was going. I just went, got a little lost, and eventually found my way back for the conference.

And it was awesome.

I’m looking forward to some more travels in the not too distant future, and you can bet I’ll be packing my running shoes.

run when you're on vacation

My Suitcase Before a Typical Vacation

I might even bring the tripods for an idea I’ve been kicking around for my YouTube channel, but I’ll keep those thoughts to myself for now.

Anyway, I saw an article written by Jen Miller where she shares some tips and tricks that she has learned while running on a variety of vacations over the years and I thought I’d share it with you.

This article originally appeared on the philly.com blog.

Now that we’ve crossed the Memorial Day line into summer, vacations are coming around the bend. That means sleeping in, going someplace else, and trying to stay away from your email.

For a lot of us, that also means running.

Or does it?

When I go on vacation, I try to run where I’m at, and take in new sights/terrains/trails while I’m at it. I don’t really run for distance or time – I become a running tourist to see the best that the area has to offer.

But not every vacation run is the same. Here are some tips for different kinds of vacation-popular running environments:

1. Down the shore

Two big differences about shore running from home running is that there’s almost no shade, and the road can be very crowded, especially in popular routes with slow moving bikes. As for the shade, run early or late, or wear a hat or visor (I don’t like sunglasses because they fog up, and my visor keeps the sun off my face).

As for the crowds, avoid the boardwalks during peak bike time (most towns allow bikes on in the mornings only), and on main driving streets, like Dune Drive in Avalon and Stone Harbor, and the Ocean Drive in Sea Isle. Usually, bay-front streets will be less crowded because you won’t be competing with the crowd itching to get to the water. Bonus, though, if you can jump into the ocean when you’re done to cool off.

2. In the mountains

Mountain running can be glorious, but running at elevation can zap your breath out of your lungs before you even get started. Either plan a shorter than at-home run, or know you’ll be taking some walk breaks to catch your breath. Also, carrying water when you may not otherwise will help deal with elevation changes too. I don’t use trail shoes when running on trails here, but I bought a pair after my first run in North Carolina because the paths were harder to navigate. If you find your shoes lacking, locate the local running store. If they’re near hills and mountains, they’ll have plenty of trail shoes in stock.

3. In the heat

Headed to Florida for your family trip this year to see a certain mouse? Expect our region’s usual summer heat and humidity – but worse. The same rule about sun coverage at the Jersey Shore applies, and you may want to tack on sports sun block if you don’t already use it since the sun is stronger down South. Running before the sun comes up or after it goes down, and carrying water, will also make things a little less uncomfortable. I can’t stand hydration belts, so I go with a Nathan bottle that wraps around my hand (plus I carry cash in case I need to stop for a refill).

4. In a foreign country.

When I’ve run in Rome and Vancouver (yes Canada is a foreign country), I ran with a paper map in hand. Both times, my hotel had them for free at their concierge desks. With a paper map, I didn’t drain the out of state data packages I’d bought before I left the U.S., and I could see what main, big tourist attractions I could run to from my hotel. For both cities, I took a long walk before starting a run. It helped me learn the local running etiquette, like in Vancouver where parks have separate paved lanes for people on wheels and people on foot. In Rome, I knew that streets were narrow and motorcycles tended to zip around traffic, which kept me on sidewalks.

Now my question for you is: do you consider time off from work time off from running? Or time to explore something new? Or a little bit of both?

I’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts to the Questions at the End of the Post. Are You a Vacation Runner?

Pablo Rodriguez, and visitors during a Running Costa Brava tour.

Pablo Rodriguez: The Man Behind Running Costa Brava


Since I started running regularly, one of my favorite things to do when visiting a new place is to take a self-guided running tour of the area. On today’s run, I’m joining Pablo Rodriguez who is the founder of Running Costa Brava, which takes runner’s on tours of one of the most beautiful parts of the world, Costa Brava, Spain.

Pablo Rodriguez, and visitors during a Running Costa Brava tour.

Pablo Rodriguez of Running Costa Brava (center, blue shirt)

Our conversation was amazing, and Pablo was able to really paint a beautiful picture of what you will experience running along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Read more

Greg Jensen of Mayan Running Adventures

Diz Runs With… Greg Jensen


On today’s show, I’m running with someone that is truly living the dream.

Greg Jensen, Mayan Running Adventure

Greg Jensen

It takes a special type of person to get out of the corporate world, pack up the wife and kids, and move down to Guatemala to start a business that centers on running. But that’s exactly what Greg Jensen did.  Read more

Diz Runs With… Anders Brooker


Today, I’m running with Anders Brooker, who is the race director for the Missoula Marathon in Missoula, Montana. The race weekend consists of a 5k, Half, Full, kid’s marathon, and beer run, so there is an event available for everyone.

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While running with Anders, we obviously talked about the Missoula Marathon but that’s not the only thing we covered. Among the highlights of our run:

  • A recent 50 mile run he wasn’t exactly prepared for
  • Why the race is run in July
  • Why the race has a participant cap
  • Being named The Best Marathon in the United States by Runner’s World in 2010
  • Things to do in Missoula in addition to running 26.2 miles

There are very few races that are on my list of “Races I WILL run on my pursuit of the 50 state club“, but after talking to Anders I’m pretty sure that Missoula is now on the list. Everything about this race sounds like my idea of a perfect race, from the number of runners to the rural environment to the small town feel. I look forward to taking a week or so, and really exploring a part of the country that I’ve never been to before, and running a great race as well.

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If you’re as interested in more information about the Missoula Marathon, make sure you check out their website.

And you can also stay up to date by liking the Missoula Marathon on Facebook or follow the Missoula Marathon on Twitter. (@mslamarathon)

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