2019 is coming in hot. Like Des Moines hot, good and swassy. Whenever we go back to a location, all the memories of previous meets there come flooding back. [Zoom in on 2013, Oiselle’s first Des Moines meet and our first USA’s, a World Champs year, evoking FastK8 fan tees, the “Balls” tshirt, just 4 Oiselle athletes competing, an aggressive athlete recruiting schedule, and party details that are best left to the kindness of nostalgia.] But enough about the past!
One of the keys to a positive running experience when you’re traveling is to plan ahead. Pregaming, as I sometimes think of it, is less important if you’re in a casual place with your training and can just go out for a few miles without having to worry about hitting paces or mileage. In this case, I’ve had good experiences with asking the locals; by locals, I mean the host of my B&B or the front desk at the hotel. Did you know that Westin hotels have a Running Concierge—someone whose job is to recommend routes for hotel guest. Local running stores are also a good resource! But there’s also something to be said for just hitting the road and following where the mood might take you (just be careful to pay attention to your surroundings so that you can find your way back—trust me on this one!)