The Best Road Trip Ever

As casual as it may come across on this blog, medical school is no small feat and Will and I have survived it together. As we approach our final year, we’ve been tossing around ideas of what we might do to celebrate the moment we’re both officially MD’s. For whatever reason, I’m obsessed with the idea of renting an RV and exploring this big, beautiful country together. Will was the opposite of excited about this plan when I first proposed it but yesterday, he sent me this and I knew he’d come around. I had also recently come across this map of a United States Brewery tour so all we need to add now are some running landmarks and an official start date!

When my sister and I traveled across the country two summers ago, I had a blast running in different places and had one of the best workouts of my life on a random bike path in Memphis. As Will and I plan the trip, my contribution is to come up with where to run as we travel. For example, I definitely want to run on Pre’s trail and on the track at Nike Headquarters. I’d love to run part of the Grand Canyon and up Pike’s Peak.

As we’re putting together our itinerary, what are some places that you’ve run that you think we can’t miss? Have you ever traveled cross country?

3 thoughts on “The Best Road Trip Ever

  1. Ryan

    The Canadian side of Niagara Falls has a great wide sidewalk that turns into a bike path that turns into residential roads which runs right along the Niagara River. You can look right over the edge of the Falls at one point. My wife and I did a 12 miler (6 out and back) along this course a few summers ago, it was a great experience finishing the run up by getting cooled off running through mist generated by the Falls.
    I tend to use vacations as a break from serious running and exercise, most of my vacation runs are short and uninteresting – just doing enough to not feel like a lazy slob. I will be going to CO this summer and that will coincide with fall marathon training, so I will likely put some effort into finding some interesting routes. If I finding anything good there or during Ragnar Wasatch Back I’ll let you know.

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    1. Runner Under Pressure Post author

      That run sounds like a great place to start off our trip, as we’ll likely head west on the northern route first. It’s so interesting that you view vacations as a break; when I have vacation, my instant thought is how much training I can get in without getting injured. I love running in new places, even if they aren’t particularly fancy.

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      1. Ryan

        For me vacations are a chance to get out of routines and not feel obligated to work, workout, or run. After a week without 5:30am runs or worrying about how bad my run will be if a couple of beers turns into several beers it feels good to settle back into my normal routine and it stops feeling like a repetitive drag.

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