Mountains!!!! Rent a cabin or tent camp at Big Meadow, run on the AT in the early morning and go hiking and swimming in the afternoon. If you have kids, the lodges have kid friendly activities. Just check out their web page.
My Wife and I just spent a few days at the Outer Banks. Nice places to run. The Beach road even has mile markers. Plenty of great places to eat and drink but most of all it's all flat. Although we did manage to find a hill or two on the sound side.
Yes, mountains and beach - narrows it down pretty well huh Myron? I've had good vacation runs both in the country and mountains, and at the beach. In the country, if there are no trails, often the roads are so lightly travelled that you can run and be safe (must not be near interstate though). And beach roads are good too. Another main thing is you're not really out for a 'time' or a 'workout' - really just keeping the base up - so why not take it a little easy make it a bit enjoyable?
The hardest part is breaking away from the fun and having the energy to get out for a run. Earlier is probably easiest though! I'm sure you'll let us know how it goes? I'll do the same later this month.
I agree - when I'm on vacation, I don't really follow a mileage schedule per-se. I do try to run some every day. I mean generally I can squeeze in 45 minutes - 90 minutes without offending the family, and still get some miles in.
When traveling (vacation - or - business), I find it's great to get to see things in that town/city by foot. It gives me a whole new perspective.
If you can make it to a Colorado town they really prize their trails! Aspen, CO has the most gorgeous and extensive trail network of any resort town I've ever seen. Trails wrap around the town then out into the hills. You can find a condo in Snowmass for very little in the summer months-- it's near Aspen but quiet.
I did the flying pig half-marathon in Cincinnati last year and I always forget how great their parks system is. As hilly a town as you can find but there are a ton of great places to run. The outer banks is great because you can just walk out your door and hit the road for as far as you care to go, and if you know your way around southern shores, you can get into hills and avoid traffic as well. And while this year hasn't been as bad as i remember it, every Virginia summer reminds me to seek out a race in Wisconsin in July.
Lisa, also from Big Meadow, you can go North on the AT and run to Sky Lodge which is about 9-10 miles away. Your family can meet you there for Brunch and then you all can hike up to Stoney Man Summit. It is a easy hike with a great view and pretty cool due to the strong breeze from the top which is around 4,000 feet. The hike is only about two hunderd feet of elevation gain from where you start. You can also rent horses and go for a guided tour, the stables are only about a mile from Sky Lodge. Another hike is up Mary's Rock. A bit of a steeper hike, but again very family friendly and great views. You can also get a nice long run (18 - 20 mile) run from Big Meadow to Mary's Rock with refueling stops at Sky Lodge (9ish mile) and Pinnicle picnic area (only water but does have inside plumbing). Again the family can meet you at Mary's Rock for the final hike to the top and a car ride back.
Running at the beach can also have nice views, but I hate the heat and dead dead flat roads. But the after run plunge into the ocean is a lot of fun.
I love this idea! This will be fun for everyone. Thanks for the tip on the long run, too. I love running in the mountains. I am going to give Big Meadow a try soon, even if it's just an extended weekend or overnight trip.
Just this past weekend we made the hike up to Spy Rock, near Crabtree Falls. It was such a nice hike.
The beach is nice but after a few days of running the flat terrain I'm looking for adventure. Guess I need to make it out to the West coast!
I appreciate all your ideas! So many cool places.....too little time!