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Here’s How Runners Can Survive Long Road Trips This Summer

How to keep long drives from ruining your long runs.

Road trips, I decided deep into a recent 14-hour drive from Boulder to Dallas, are a lot like long runs (minus the running). They benefit from regular fuel stops, deliberate distance chunking, and frequent posture check-ins. They’re also kindest on the body when bookended by a warmup and cool down, unappealing as they may seem.

Because this is shaping up to be the summer of road trips, I thought it would be useful to create a guide for runners who want to get away without wrecking their bodies en route. To do so, I asked a trio of experts—a physical therapist, a registered dietitian, and a pro runner—for their top road trip tips, and threw in a few of my own.

Continue reading for Becky Wade's road trip survival tips, which includes staying hydrated with the Sawyer Mini, here.


October 28, 2023

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