As I was packing to go on my first vacation since the Christmas/New Year's Holidays, I realized I need to run four times while I am out of my city. In unfamiliar territory. Out of my comfort zone. In cities where I won't know North, East, South or West like the back of my hand, and frankly, it's a little intimidating.
Fortunately, this will not be a super long distance weekend for me. With the Newport Marathon only a week and a half away, this Saturday I only need to run 8 miles, and tomorrow, I happen to be lucky enough to get to run with my Grampa - a nice, short four mile run (I'm learning to love the short). I am especially grateful that it is short because I am no longer in the cool, breezy northwest, having taken up residence slightly further South in Las Vegas for a couple of days. This run may be in 75 degree heat, and I am trying to mentally prepare myself to feel too warm.
On Saturday, I will have the good fortune to be spending time with my best friend in LA, who tells me she knows the perfect spot for me to do my 8 mile run (possibly - or quite likely - also a warm run). I am looking forward to exploring some unknown terrain over the next few days. A change of scenery will (hopefully) bring some great photo ops!
How do you prepare for travel when you are training for a race?
Happy running! ~Alaina