Here is an example of how I implemented all of the above concepts while on a recent trip to my favorite city, Las Vegas.
I was staying at New York New York on business and decided I would hit up a local National Park Red Rock Canyon. A quick Google search later I found out I was a 24 minute drive from it https://goo.gl/maps/NQ2zLthGePC2 plus I had the option of the dreadmill at New York New York. I was also interested in running with some locals and quickly found Red Rock Running Company https://redrockrunningcompany.com/. A quick scan of their calendar showed me that they did in fact host group runs weekly! https://redrockrunningcompany.com/events/calendar…bonus! I also figured I might hit up a local running club. A Google search showed me this group http://www.lasvegasrunners.com/, a meetup.com group and a group called the Hash House Harriers……”Drinkers with a running problem” https://www.lasvegashhh.com/wp/. Face book is also a good way to find local running shops and running groups who are usually very welcoming to visitors.
Before I left I joined RunningAhead.com. It was free and allowed me to view tons of maps posted by other runners as well as it allowing me to create my own maps! It easy to use and free so check it out www.runningahead.com. Map my Run, Garmin Connect and Stravva are also good resources for checking out other runners maps.
When visiting Las Vegas many people are under the false impression that is always warm. I learned my lesson the hard way a few years back when I ran the Las Vegas Marathon in November http://www.runrocknroll.com/las-vegas/. I can tell you that Las Vegas in November has the potential to be freezing! Nothing ruins a run more than being cold so check out the weather before you go and plan accordingly. While I was waiting comfortably at the starting line in my dollar store sweat jacket and gloves I watched as other runners shivered and coveted my warm clothes. Check the weather forecast ahead of time….I like this site as they use local weather stations for prediction https://www.wunderground.com/
I’m a foodie. Typically while I am in Las Vegas I party like a rock star and go to as many great restaurants as I can. I’ll also stay out late drinking and finding the perfect casino lounges with free entertainment. But for the weekend of the marathon I had an early dinner and retired myself back to my room and was in bed by 10 pm. There are no shortage of great restaurants in Las Vegas……the best part was that Sunday night in Las Vegas is pretty quiet and easy to get a reservation when compared to Friday and Saturday night! Check out the Zagat rated eateries https://www.zagat.com/l/las-vegas/top-food-in-las-vegas or http://viva.lasvegas.com/food-drink/
As you can see Google is our friend when it comes to travelling and planning ahead. Pick a hotel near locations you want to run. Find runners that know the area by searching out local running clubs and running stores. Check the weather ahead of time so that you pack the proper running gear and exert good self control when it comes to eating and drinking, especially the night before a race! Use local websites to help you plan your trip such as www.lasvegas.com and other local websites to help you plan your trip and find deals on hotels.
Happy Holidays and safe travel!