Here are a few tips for anyone considering taking a vacation to run a race. Taking a RUNcation can be very exciting and fun, but there are a few logistical tips and tricks to consider.
- AirBnB experiences
- There are an array of cool experiences available on AirBnB. The experiences allow visitors to explore, eat or tour a city. These experiences can be fairly inexpensive and very local to your location. Some items may be free on their own, such as hiking a trail, but when you book an experience on AirBnB, its a great way to explore like a local.
- Don’t over schedule
- Leave enough room in your schedule for rest and relaxation. There is no need to over schedule your days with events. I spent time in my AirBnB room relaxing, watching tv and going to bed early. This balanced the stress from 4am wake ups.
- Run first, sightsee later
- If your schedule allows, run the race first then spend time on vacation. The days before a race can be tough for vacation due to dietary restrictions. Enjoy your vacation with food, drinks and activities after your race.
- Eat familiar foods before the race
- A diet can be hard to maintain while traveling. It will be boring, but bringing your own food and eating at familiar places, such as Starbucks, can help maintain your diet prior to a race. After the race, get out and explore all the good food a vacation has to offer.
- Supportive Family / Friends
- It’s important to have support friends and family who encourage you to take a RUNcation and cheer from the sidelines.
A great RUNcation race is the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon. It’s held in the city of Solvang, CA and offers a beautiful course and wine festival. Registration for 2020 is already open!
Where is your dream RUNcation?
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