Running and travel 19th Jan 2016

I got into running just before Poppet was born. I have struggled with weight issues most of my life and did not want to be a dad who couldn't play with his kids without losing his breath after five minutes of running around the park. It wasn't easy at first as running had never been a sport I had enjoyed but I persevered and after a few weeks and some small improvements in my abilities I began to enjoy the sport. Fast forward a few years and I stand before you someone who loves running and have been in several 10k and Half Marathon races. Plus, one of the best things I quickly loved about running was how travel friendly it was and read on for why.

You don't need a lot of kit

While you can deck yourself in all manor of expensive running kit and tech all you really need is a pair of trainers and some comfortable clothes such a tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt. In fact you may not need the shoes if park or beach running. Therefore this doesn't take a lot of valuable space in your suitcase or carryon. Additionally, if you do happen to have running kit it is very good for travelling in as most running tops are light weight and breathable so great for a long flight.

You don't need a lot of time

Just a twenty minute run can raise your heart rate, burn calories and give you a lift of endorphins so fitting in this health boost to your day should be easy.

It's a great way to see some sights and discover new places

Taking a run through your travel destination allows you to take to the streets and see the people and places close up while covering a reasonable area. And after a few twists and turns you may find an appealing new restaurant to try or small gallery tucked away that you otherwise might never have known it existed.

Running events

Timing your trip for a local running event is another great way to see some sights as usually the routes will take in the major sights and you will meet like minded people and have a good time, especially for large events that draw a crowd that can have a really party atmosphere, just check out the following video to view the fun before the pirate run in Seattle. This was a great fun event and my only chance in a very busy work schedule to see the city and it didn't dissapoint.

Stadiums and streets

A number of events can take you to places you only dreamed about running in. For instance a few years ago I ran the London Olympic Park five miler which ended with a sprint finish in the Olympic stadium