"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Sight-running"

Traveling this week and I came across an article in the USA Today that caught my eye.  The title immediately made me think, "that is so me!" After reading it through, the thought was confirmed, I could have actually written this one; an article on running for travelers.

The full article can be found here (runners multitask sightseeing). In short, the idea is that one of the very best ways to see the sights is to lace up the shoes and go for a run. Amen! On vacation or on business, you absolutely have to consider the option of taking off on a run. 

As in the article, I can attest to the fact that running "on the road" allows for views that just aren't possible by vehicle or bus.  Not that sightseeing by traditional means is discouraged, we are big fans of the guided tour, (little known fact, I would actually love to retire with a mic in hand and a daily route to entertain tourists), but the off-roads, short cuts and early morning streets of a distant land, or even a not-so-distant land, are the real sights to see. Covering miles and miles of parks, beaches, river walks, trails and city sidewalks is by far the most direct and intimate way to take in the territory.

So pack the shoes, plan ahead and make running a priority on your next trip. You will be glad you did. 

{Oh, and do check out the article, it's pretty interesting.  It's also interesting that the online version shows a published date of Nov 14, 2012, but the printed copy was in today's, Jan 15, 2013 edition?}

6 comments:

  1. Some great ideas in that article. We take our gear wherever we go on holiday and try to get out for a run each morning, but have never come across anywhere with facilities like those mentioned in the article. Then again, we've never been to America!

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  2. Old Running Fox,

    First, you should begin now, and start planning your first visit to America as a running holiday.

    Also, I'm not sure where in the UK you reside, but I have had some very pleasant runs in London, Oxford and Hull. I have also enjoyed some really great runs throughout Western Europe; Irish countryside and along the Seine really stand out. The weather can limit you somewhat over there I assume, but the sights are equally stunning.

    Cheers. David

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  3. Hello!

    Here at City Jogging Tours of London, we offer guuided sightseeing jogging tours for the running traveller! We offer a range of jogging tour options depending on your interests and needs, and tours can even be customised to pick you up directly from your hotel:

    www.cityjoggingtours.co.uk

    Do check us out on your next vacation!

    Best wishes

    Hope

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    1. CJT of London, thanks for the information. It has been several years since I was in London, but with my work there is a possibility of my return at anytime. I will absolutely make a reservation and jog a tour.

      Have a great day.

      Cheers,

      David

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  4. Hi!
    In Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain) sightrunning is something that we´re trying to make grow, as a friend of mine created Bilbao Open.Tourism (www.bilbaoopentourism.es) It´s a really nice experience to run while knowing new places. Even in my city I sometimes find new spots when I run!
    Love to meet new sightrunners, so we´ll follow your posts since now and if you want, and you can follow us also in www.bilbaoopentourism.blogspot.es

    Cheers,

    Aitor

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    1. Aitor, excellent. I will definitely spread the word for any travelers to Basque Country. If I ever find myself in the region, I will definitely make contact and book a tour.

      Cheers, David

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