If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know I travel..A LOT. I’m in the air at least 4 times a month and more like 6 or 8. It’s not ideal but it’s the way it is. I’m learning to let it go and just embrace it as much as I can. After all, it has allowed my family to do some traveling so there’s that.
I was sitting next to someone on the plane TODAY and he made an observation that was spot on.
“you must be a runner”
“yeah, how did you know?” (No, I had not pulled out my laptop yet. That would’ve been a sure sign) See it here.
“You’re wearing your running watch (with my work clothes)”
“Well, yep. I just don’t want to worry about packing one more than so I’m willing to sacrifice a little bit of style for function (my perpetual function over form discussion).
We continued talking but I started thinking about other ways you know you’re a traveling runner. So here are my top signs:
- Regardless of the length of the trip and the purpose, you ALWAYS pack a pair of running clothes and shoes. ALWAYS!
- You know how to hydrate cheaply: You can bring an empty Nuun bottle through security then fill it up at a restaurant on the other side. You also know that almost all hotel workout facilities have filtered water you can access at any time of day or night so that bottle will come in handy the entire trip.
- You use the dirty laundry bag hanging in the closet to transport sweaty gym clothes home.
- You scope out safe running routes prior to ever taking your trip.
- You’re willing to wear your run gear or parts of it if it means less to pack.
If you’re a seasoned (or extreme) traveler, you might even go to some of these extremes:
- You track down local run clubs and group runs just so you don’t have to run alone
- You attempt to “dry out” some of your sweaty clothes on the AC unit (in the older hotels) in a desperate attempt to get another wear out of them
I’ll be home tomorrow for a quick purging of my suitcase then I’m back out. This time at least it’s for fun. Be sure to follow me on social media (see my links upper right corner) to see the #MizunoPeachtree fun unfold (read about it here).
So my questions for you…
- Can you relate to any of these?
- Do you have any travel tips or quirks?