Travel and running are two passions dear to my heart. I’m so honored to announce our collaboration with various travel and running bloggers from around the globe in our Livestrong.com published article, “26 of the Best Places to Run in the World.” Enjoy!
When you’re plodding along on the treadmill, do you find yourself daydreaming of the sun-soaked beaches of California? Or does your mind drift to the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside? If you’ve caught the travel bug, you’re not alone. So to help cure your thirst for roaming the globe with sneakers in tow, runners from around the globe have put together their top 26 places to run in the world. Satiate your search for the ultimate runner’s high while simultaneously satisfying your desire to travel and lace up those running shoes. Then tell us: What’s your favorite place to run?
1. Hyde Park, London, U.K.
“Hyde Park is not only home to Kate Middleton, it’s also home to miles and miles of gorgeous, groomed running trails. Made for long-distance runners and sprinters alike, this idyllic location offers a five-mile flat loop around the park, or you can choose an out-and-back run for less mileage. If you’re in the mood for a speedy day, try some sprints on the dozens of grassy fields. To quench your thirst for touring, you’ll run past Kensington Palace, home to Kate Middleton and Prince William. You’ll also tour the famed Hyde Park concert area, where bands such as U2 and The Rolling Stones perform on summer nights in London. On a sunny day in London, this is the absolute best place to be. With people riding horses on parallel horse trails, families walking, friends picnicking and people boating on the inner lakes, this is the perfect picturesque running trail for your travels.” — Collette Stohler, blogger at Roamaroo
2. Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica, California
“The Santa Monica/Venice/Marina De Rey boardwalk is one of my favorite runs because of its oceanside view. The path is easy and flat, and I can run on the sand as an option or do calisthenics and capoeira on the grass areas. Start with an easy-to-accomplish run so you want to do it again — 20 to 30 minutes to start and build your way up to 30 to 45 minutes. You can do it for time or distance, around three miles. To add a competitive element, try to complete a distance in a certain amount of time. For example, three miles in 30 minutes would be a moderate 10-minute/mile jog, or three miles in 24 minutes would be a faster eight-minute/mile fast jog. You’ll definitely find a lot of tourists and foreigners, but also a good mix of locals walking their dogs, trainers with their clients and sports teams. People are doing everything from rollerblading and biking to skateboarding and surfing! If you want a more quiet, peaceful run, this isn’t the spot.” –Brett Hoebel, personal trainer and fitness expert