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For the dedicated runner, one of the sublime joys of the sport is the fact that as far as equipment goes, one only needs solid ground, some climate-appropriate comfortable running apparel, and some shoes. While maintaining a workout routine while traveling might be difficult with regard to lifting freeweights, or taking spinning classes, or kickboxing, Running can be accomplished virtually anywhere, from the deck of a cruise ship, to a mountain trail, to the streets of Malta. By selecting the proper shoe for the terrain you’re going to cover, you can be assured

If you’re planning on covering your distance over smooth, flat ground, track, pavement, or the like, you’re going to be looking at prosaically-named “road-running” shoes, which are designed for smooth, consistent surfaces. They’re built light, and flexible, and with solid cushioning, for repetitive impacts on hard, flat surfaces. Perfect for exploring the urban centers of wherever you’re traveling–pavement is pavement, and many cities worldwide are more geared to foot traffic than cities in the states, where car ownership is the norm.

While road running shoes are designed for consistent performance over consistent terrain, trail-running shoes are designed to give robust support and stability over more naturalistic terrain. Running over mud, broken fields, rocky, rooty trails, or other off-road conditions require a more supportive and protective shoe. A trail-running shoe is likewise designed for giving you greater traction in rugged terrain. If you’re planning on extensive wilderness travel, running from werewolves in the english countryside (Note: there aren’t really werewolves in the English countryside), then trail-running shoes are needed.

Recently, a new trend in running gear is the “barefoot” shoes, which are not those weird-looking shoes with the built-in toes. “Barefoot” running aims to replicate a more naturalistic stride by lowering the height of the heel (reducing cushioning), but helping to create a more seamless biomechanical stride for the wearer.  Cross fit devotees swear by the barefoot shoe, which combines a lightweight profile and intense grip. Barefoot shoes water-resistant construction also makes them great for exercise in wet-dry environments, like beach running.

While most of the runner’s equipment budget should be allocated toward getting the right kind of shoes for the running style you prefer (which may end up being multiple pairs for multiple purposes), a runner needs to give some thought to the rest of their body, too. Season, climate, and location all have a significant effect on running conditions, so having a lightweight running jacket, comfortable shorts, and other training necessities should also be examined.

Running in all kinds of world locales can be exceptionally rewarding, and the appropriate equipment can make the difference between an okay run and a great one.


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  1. I totally agree about running being ideal for travellers, I like to do boxing training and the drawback is having to find a gym with punchbags if I want to do some training. I can still do other related fitness though.

    Also with regards to the barefoot shoes, that would destroy my knees as I need as much cushion as possible when running

  2. Would love to know what shoe recommendations you have, especially for the barefoot style. Also, do you pack more than one type of running shoe while traveling? What type is your “go-to”?

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