The way we see it - if you’re going to train for months, deny yourself all those bad-for-you-but-taste-so-good foods, virtually put your entire social life on hold, and push your mind, body and soul for that next personal record - you deserve to go somewhere awesome when you’re finally ready for that marathon. Enter the runcation.
But why completely disrupt your training routine when you arrive at that hotel? The days leading up to your race might be the most pivotal, and suddenly scrapping that training routine could have disastrous results. Enter Stay Alfred.
Unlike that hotel room, Stay Alfreds are your home away from home when you’re on the road. With a full kitchen, plenty of room to stretch your legs, plus an in-unit washer/dryer - you can keep your pre-marathon routine on your runcation when you stay with us in the city.
No one has perfected the art of the runcation like avid runner and blogger Audrey Springer of Running the Alley. We got to know her when she recently stayed with us at our new Stay Alfreds at 505 in Nashville; she’s well-traveled, uncommonly kind and an inspiration for anyone setting their sites on simply being better. We asked her to share a few thoughts on runcations - here’s what she had to say:
A Runcation Recap from Audrey Springer
“My heart dropped the second that long awaited alarm sounded off.
"I'd been waiting on this day for months.
"A day that I had replayed in my mind more times than I can count.
“I ate my toast in the hotel, nodded off to the concierge, and stepped off to face the fate with my coach. Today was the day I would run the biggest race of my life.
“The metro ride seemed longer than yesterday, the bus ride to the start felt never ending, and I wiped my nervous palms on the old sweatshirt I planned to leave at the start line.
“Then I laughed, looked up, and saw the dawn rising over the big city buildings. This is what I live for. This is what makes every mile I had ran over the last 16 weeks worth it.
“In middle of this unfamiliar town, while my feet pounded the pavement as fast as they could, and as my breathing seemed to get deeper, I was chasing a dream.
“In the days prior, I had driven twelve hours in a car, walked more than I probably should to view a city I had only seen in photos, and ate the most incredible Italian food I had ever tasted.
“Before these last few days though, I had put more running miles in than I had ever run, imagined taking a left on Boylston Street and seeing the marathon finish line more times that I care to admit, and counted down the days until my first real "runcation" (*running vacation). "
“I had been planning this runcation for months. To be honest, I have been planning this exact runcation for years. It was a bucket list race, a getaway race, and a race that I had to qualify to get into.
“After signing up, I reserved the hotel room downtown to absolutely experience all the hype of this incredible race weekend. I studied every bit of the course until I knew where the start line that would begin the journey was, where the hill that would try and break me to a walk was, and even where we would take that well deserved finishers’ photo.
“With all the logistics figured out, months passing, weather stalking, the car ride with a two hour time change now over, the touring of the city done, and the big race happening in only ten hours, I sat in the kitchen of my hotel. I ate a meal I was familiar with, I laid out my singlet, and I freshened up my racing shoes.
“I set my alarm and laid in bed imagining what the next day could possibly hold.
“Now, I've run around an island, I've finished on a 50 yard line, and I've even seen the countryside of Ireland by foot. Each and every race was a celebration and every one was more than I could have imagined.
“Runcations have taken me all over the world and back. One thing stays true though, the memories will last me a lifetime.”
Sounds pretty awesome, right? Start planning out that training schedule - below is the 2020 Marathon Guide in all Stay Alfred cities:
- Feb 2, 2020 - Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Atlanta
- March 1, 2020 - Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon
- July 4, 2020 - AJC Peachtree Road Race - 10k
- February 16, 2020 - Austin Marathon, Half Maraton & 5k
- April 5, 2020 - Cap10k
- May 30, 2020 - Famous Idaho Potato Marathon
- October 25, 2020 Boise Marathon (5k, 10k, ½ & full)
- April 18, 2020 - B.A.A. 5k
- April 20, 2020 - Boston Marathon
- June 21, 2020 - B.A.A. 10k
November 14, 2020 - Charlotte Marathon (5k, ½, full and relay)
March 6-8, 2020 - Chattanooga Marathon (5k, ½, full, relay)
- March 22, 2020 - Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle (1mi, 8k, 2mi)
- May 23, 2020 - Soldier Field 10 Mile
- June 7, 2020 - Lincoln Park Run for the Zoo (5k, 10k)
- May 16-17, 2020 - Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon (1mi, 5k, 8 k, 10k, ½, full)
- April 25, 2020 - Capital City Half Marathon (5k, ¼, ½)
- October 18, 2020 - Columbus Marathon (½, full)
- November 22, 2020 - Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Columbus
- February 8, 2020 - Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Dallas
- February 29 - March 1 - The Cowtown Marathon (5k, 10k, ½, full, 50k, ultra)
- May 16-17, 2020 - Colfax Marathon (5k, 10k, 10mi, ½, full, relay)
- February 15, 2020 - Steps For Students 5k
- February 29, 2020 - Rodeo Run 10k (5k, 10k)
- March 7, 2020 - The Woodlands Marathon 92k, 5k, ½, full, relay)
- March 28, 2020 - Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Indianapolis
- April 4, 2020 - Carmel Marathon (5k, 10k, ½, full, relay)
- November 2020 (TBD) - Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (5k, ½, full)
- December 5 - St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend (5k, 10k, ½, full)
- February 9, 2020 - Miami Marathon (½, full)
- March 14, 2020 - Get Lucky Minnesota - St. Paul - (7k, 14k, ½)
- April 25, 2020 - Get In Gear Half Marathon and 10k (5k, 10k, ½)
- April 25-26, 2020 - St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville (1mi, 5k, 6.15mi, ½, full)
- February 9, 2020 - Mardi Gras Marathon & Half Marathon
- February 8-9, 2020 - Humana Rock ‘N’ Roll New Orleans (5k, 10k, ½, full)
- March 29, 2020 - Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon
- April 4, 2020 - Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Philadelphia
- May 3, 2020 - The Blue Cross Broad Street Run (10mi)
- September 19-20, 2020 - Rock ‘N’ Roll Philadelphia (5k, 7.6k, ½)
- April 18, 2020 - Pat’s Run (4.2mi)
- May 3, 2020 - Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon (5k, ½, full, relay)
- September 2020 (TBD) - City of Pittsburgh Great Race (5k, 10k)
- March 15, 2020 - Portland Shamrock Run (1k, 5k, 4mi, 8k, ½)
- March 8, 2020 - Run the Alamo (5k, 10k, ½, full)
- March 15, 2020 - San Diego Half Marathon (5k, ½, relay)
- March 22, 2020 - Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
- May 30-31, 2020 - Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego (5k, ½, full, relay)
- August 16, 2020 - America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5k
- November 7-8, 2020 - Rock ‘N’ Roll Savannah (1mi, 5k, ½, full)
- March 1, 2020 - Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Seattle
- May 17, 2020 - Beat the Bridge (1mi, 3mi, 8k)
- June 6-7, 2020 - Rock n' Roll Seattle Marathon & Half Marathon (5k, ½, full)
- April 19, 2020 - Negative Split (5k, 10k, ½)
- May 3, 2020 - Bloomsday (12k)
- March 27, 2020 - Color Me Rad 5k
- March 28, 2020 - Rock n’ Roll USA Marathon & Half Marathon (5k, ½, full)
- April 5, 2020 - Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run (5k, 10mi)
Runcations really are the best of both worlds - you get to explore a city while hitting the pavement with the locals and then celebrate a race well run with the sights, sounds and tastes of a new city. The only question left is - where will you be crossing that finish line?