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Running in New Places


One of the great things about running is the simplicity of it. It requires only two things: an able body and a good pair of running shoes. Running is also the best way to explore a new city and connect with the community. No matter what language you speak, runners will always have an instant connection with each other. This is often communicated by a passing nod or perhaps even running together. Running is universal.

One of my favorite things to do is to plan trips around races. In fact, most of the marathons I’ve run have been planned this way. Here are 5 quick tips on planning a destination race:

    1. Book your hotel ahead of time. If it is a large or popular race, it’s likely that hotels will book up months in advance.
    2. If possible, stay in a hotel within walking distance to the start line. This will make your life so much easier. Trust me.
    3. If conditions like altitude are a concern, try to arrive a few days before the race to acclimate. The same goes for time zones. Try to do a few short miles a day or two before the race to get adjusted.
    4. Try to schedule the touristy activities after the race so you won’t have to worry about being on your feet or, more importantly, not being able to drink/eat what you want!
    5. Do not eat or drink anything unfamiliar before the race. This is especially important if you are in another country and are not familiar with the foods.

These are just a few things to keep in mind when scheduling a destination race. However, the most important thing to remember is to just have fun and enjoy where you are – it will be a once in a lifetime experience!

Lucy Lee

Location: Washington DC

I have been running for about 15 years, starting in law school as a way to relieve stress and love the marathon distance. I have run 8 marathons and qualified for Boston twice. I have also placed in several local races, both overall female and in my age group. I love talking about running so much that in addition to my full-time lawyer job; I also work part-time in run specialty. It makes me happy when I can help and encourage people to be better runners. I am also an RRCA certified coach and have coached several athletes in the half marathon and marathon distance.

Lucy Lee