Posts tagged travel
NYC Marathon Training Recap Weeks 14, 15, 16

As I write this, I’m winding down my marathon training cycle and tapering down to race day; the last three weeks closed out the “work” phase of this training cycle. I’ve had a rough and inconsistent autumn and these final, critical weeks were no exception. I adjusted my workouts, rearranged some and skipped others, trying to keep up with my day job as well as my training, but for the most part I had to prioritize work over running.

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El Castell de Sant Miquel: Girona, Spain

An hour’s train ride from Barcelona lies a small Catalonian town full of cobbled streets, riverfront paths, medieval history, delicious tapas, and enthusiastic bikers. Girona (Gerona, in Spanish) is a favorite destination for both recreational and professional cyclists, who head out from the city center to climb picturesque mountains and fly down the trails and roads threading through the Costa Brava region. When I visited Girona this month, I found myself in the minority as I set out on foot for a long trail run, instead of renting a bike to explore the countryside.

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Street Art Series: Madrid, Spain

Spain's capital city is a sprawling metropolis, and like any big city encompasses many different neighborhoods. From the tourist center and its shopping districts to historic castles, rose gardens, and parks, Madrid is a grand and cosmopolitan hub. But the city isn't all glitz and glam, and Madrid's diversity also includes neighborhoods that fly under the radar —or have until recently.

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Green Mountain Trails

Tiny Pittsfield, Vermont (not to be confused with its big sibling in the Berkshires, Pittsfield, Massachusetts) is an under the radar destination for extreme athletes. Pittsfield’s biggest claim to fame is its annual snowshoe race, though skiers and snowboarders might recognize it as the 546-person town just down the road from Killington’s slopes, which also serve mountain bikers and host festivals in the summer. Thru- and day-hikers pass nearby on the Appalachian Trail and Vermont’s Long Trail, or explore the area’s many national and state parks, while mountain climbers scale cliffs above. Campers and backpackers have hundreds of thousands of acres to play in.

But what about the runners?

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Street Art Series: Cartagena, Colombia

I’m getting ready to plan a short trip in the fall and longer trip at the end of the summer, and I’ve been looking back on some of my favorite vacations for inspiration as I choose a destination. I’ve gone on some great runs during all my recent trips — and these next ones will both fall during marathon training, so I am certainly going to choose runner-friendly destinations!— but this week I’ve been thinking about my favorite non-running elements of recent trips to use as inspiration…

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