The great thing about running is that you can do it pretty much anywhere. That means it’s a great fit-tivity for vacations—whether they take you to the big city or your parent’s house in the ‘burbs—or if you just can't make it to your regular gym or studio. But, although you’ll get a great workout no matter where you sweat, there are some things that do differ. Here’s what you need to know to prep for a run on “foreign” turf. (Check out 5 Reasons Running in the Cold is Good For You, too.)
Suburbs: You must wave to everyone you pass—even total strangers.
City: You must not make eye contact with anyone—especially strangers.
Suburbs: You pass as many jogging strollers as you do runners sans strollers.
City: You pass people on Eliptigos, kangoos, and other interesting fitness devices. (See more Cardio Workouts That Burn 300+ Calories in 30 Minutes.)
Suburbs: Ahh, the smell of fresh cut grass, the sounds of birds chirping.
City: Yum, the smell of garbage and urine emanating from the subway.
Suburbs: House, house, house… Sometimes you feel like you’re just not getting anywhere.
City: The views are simply unbeatable.
Suburbs: You might get chased by a dog.
City: You might get chased by a flock of angry pigeons.
Suburbs: Fashion isn’t of upmost importance. (Check out these 3 Awesome New Custom Sneakers.)
City: You gotta’ look fierce.
City: If you caught in bad weather, you can jump on the subway.
Suburbs: If you get caught in bad weather…
Suburbs: You can listen to your music in peace (or, listen to one of these 5 Audio Books to Power Your Next Long Run.)
City: You can half listen to music while what you really hear are horns and sirens wailing.
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