Running is a great way to explore your neighborhood, whether you are at home or traveling. Especially when you are traveling, if you are jet lagged and get out early enough, running will help you get the additional joy of having the city almost to yourself. However, there is the big fear of getting lost. So read on this article to have some tips on finding great running routes everywhere you travel.
1. Use technology
A smartphone can be a runner’s key to the new city. You should try using apps like MapMyRun, which allows you to search for recommended routes all around the world. Or you may prefer a more curated service like the website greatruns.com providing descriptions of running routes in more than 400 cities. Another option is RunGo app, including many runs that start from hotels. It also speaks out the directions when you run so that you don’t need to stop to look at your phone.
A more popular option is to use the Strava app’s heatmap, which highlights the most common routes used by thousands of runners in an area. You should avoid any route that looks tempting on the map and nobody on Strava runs there.
If you use your phone to navigate in a new area, remember to stop when you need to check the way. The reason is that running while looking at your phone may increase the risk of an accident. In this case, using a phone hand holder is a good idea to glance at it quickly without the risk of dropping it. You should use a small freezer bag, a case, or a clear airport security bag to put your phone in in case it’s raining.
2. Join the local running community
Most towns and cities have a running community to take newcomers and tourists. If you feel sociable, reach out and see when they are running by checking their web pages or Facebook pages. Local runners know the best routes, and most groups have different paced runs to suit different people.
If you can’t find a group to run with, try emailing or visiting the local independent running store. There are keen runners who will help you out with routes or even hold their own group runs.