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5 Tips for Getting in a Run While Away from Home

By Erika Howder , 12/05/14, 3:45PM EST

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Tips for making it happen.

One of the hardest obstacles to overcome during training is the need to travel out of town for work. Often, your time isn’t your own, and your location may not be of your choosing. Obviously, if you are only traveling for a day or two, consider changing up your training schedule to have your rest day on the trip. However, if you are going to be gone for a longer period of time, make a plan so that you can get in your runs while you are away from home.

Here are some tips to make it happen.

1. Use the hotel treadmill

While a treadmill may not be a runner’s first choice for a run, it’s often the smartest solution for a business traveler. No need to worry about finding safe streets, getting lost or losing daylight. Most hotels have fairly extended fitness room hours or are willing to make exceptions if you are having a particularly long day of meetings.

2. Ask the concierge

Hotels often have information about routes available for guests. Some hotels even offer amenities, such as water bottles and fruit, to their runner guests. Even if there are no formal perks, many times, someone on staff is a runner and can give you ideas.

3. Find a local running store

Running stores are not just a piece of familiar in a strange city, but they are also a great resource. Most running store employees are local runners who can advise you on the safest runs in the general vicinity of the store and perhaps in the surrounding areas. If you are lucky (and interested), they may be hosting a group run at a time that works for you.

4. Find a local gym

If your hotel does not have a fitness center, it might have an agreement with a local gym. Or perhaps you have a membership at home with a gym that has a branch in your destination. If all else fails, many gyms will offer a free or reduced “trial membership” that will likely be worth the expense.

5. If all else fails, check the Internet

MapMyRun and other resources often include run suggestions if you search by location. Facebook is full of groups of runners — some designated by location, others by interest. There are also such things as Meetup.com and running group websites that can provide useful route information and possibly even a running companion.

Travelling for work is challenging. Training for a race is hard enough. But unless you are working 12-hour days in a hotel with no treadmill on the wrong side of town, there are ways to get in a run if you want to.

For more tips on travelling and running, visit Erika at MCM Mama Runs.

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