July 18 2017
Alison Désir speaks with Jihye Kim, a member of the Seoul, South Korea-based running group 88 Seoul.
What’s the best way to see the city? On the run, of course! While traveling is not new to me, traveling through the lens of running was something I discovered only five years ago. From my very first marathon in San Diego, running has taken me to new places and provided me with a built-in community I never imagined possible.
Most recently, I traveled to Detroit and co-curated a fitness event, Run Action Detroit, that combined running, yoga and social action. The event brought together a diverse group of people who share similar passions who I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet. Below are my top five reasons why running is the best way to see a city.
Especially when you’re traveling by yourself, running provides the perfect way for you to meet new people. Before I go anywhere, I spend time searching for running clubs/crews as well as local running stores and do my best to plan around getting a run in with a group.
Can’t fall asleep? Go for a run or sign up for a class at a local fitness studio. There’s no better way to get yourself tired than a tough workout.
For many, myself included, being away from home can cause anxiety/stress. Going out for a run can provide you with a sense of comfort and relief as well as allow you to better situate yourself in an unfamiliar place.
I imagine myself one day running through the Great Wall of China and taking epic selfies along the way. #Goals
Not everyone is a morning runner, but if you are, you have the opportunity to beat the throngs of tourists headed to the same places you are. Schedule in a morning run that ends at a point of interest and you will have the luxury of visiting a place without a ton of people rushing you along.