Whether you're heading for the beach, a city break, or into the mountains, if you're planning on running on holiday here's everything you need to pack without having to compromise on weight and valuable suitcase space.
Going for a run in the mornings, ideally before breakfast, helps divide your running training from your downtime. This is especially good if you're heading for sunshine where it's likely to be hotter in the afternoon.
With a little bit of forward-planning, your running route can also include some sightseeing and scenic stretches along some more challenging sandy shorelines. You could even conclude your run by cooling off in the hotel pool or by going for a swim in the sea.
Try to set your training goals before you leave to help ensure you stick to a schedule but don’t be surprised or stressed if you end up missing the occasional route. Remember that you are on holiday, after all!
If you're off on a city break you can still get in some road running. Be sure to bring a good pair of road running trainers, these will make running on tarmac and other urban surfaces easier and more comfortable.
Make sure your clothing matches the temperature. If you are going to a cooler city wear longer leggings and a running jacket to help insulate heat and if you are running in a warmer city wear shorts and t-shirts. Be sure to look at the forecast before you leave so you can tailor your running gear to the climate.
If you are running at night don't forget reflective high-viz clothing so you can stay safe in traffic.
It is also recommended to bring a GPS device so you don't get too lost in the city of your choice.
It goes without saying that you'll need your running shoes but if you're heading to terrain that's different to your usual then make sure you have the right type.
Before you pack, research the local area and landscape to decide what you'll be running on, whether it's town roads, rugged trails or sandy beaches, so that you can bring the best footwear for the job.