You won't find any cheaper thrills when you're on the road
Everyone will think you’re some kind of superhero when you say you run on trips. In reality, you’re just a cheapskate. That $50 ride on a double-decker bus through a city’s “most exciting and historic sites”? Go ahead and jog ‘em instead, at your own pace. You’ll see the same sites, and if you go in the morning, when a city is still yawning and stretching, you’ll dodge the mobs.
“When I’m in crowded tourist cities, an early morning run can be an amazing way of seeing the city while the streets are still empty, and getting a different perspective on ordinary life there,” Hutchinson says. “Sometimes I like running from my hotel out into some totally non-touristy neighborhood, finding a random cafe to get a bite of breakfast in, then running back to my hotel.”
It’s also a shortcut to seeing more of a city on a short trip. Hutchinson says one of his favorite running experiences was on a trip to Slovenia. “Someone told me that all Slovenians have to climb Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the country, but I didn’t have enough time left in my visit to do the hike -- unless I ran,” he says. Hutchinson and his friends ran the trail to the peak of Mount Triglav (at an elevation of 9,396 feet) and stopped on the way down for soup in an alpine slope before going to the airport. “It was a great way to finish the trip,” he says.
Running is the cheapest way to work out because you can do it all over the world, with your lightest pair of shoes. “The greatest benefit to running is that you can take it with you anywhere,” Kastor says. “No matter your lifestyle, it is easy to stay committed to running, and it is the best way to tour cities, towns and villages around the world.”
Looking back at my run at Fort Tryon Park, I thought about if that moment would have been different if I had just taken a taxi to the riverside and walked around for a bit. Somehow the magic would’ve been diminished -- my morning would’ve been less vigorous, less earned, less real. New York may not be my town, but for a second there, I was the guy running the city.