run the world



running - nyc - new york city - run routes
Before Joanna came to lululemon (you know her as the quick-witted writer responsible for one-liners like this) she could be found serving cocktails at 30,000ft and reminding us that the captain has turned on the seatbelt sign. With limited time between landings and take-offs, her favourite way to see the world was by foot (and sans a Lonely Planet).

run the world

Not only does running help combat jetlag, it’s a great way to get a fresh perspective and explore a city incognito (no fanny pack or giant map required). I love nothing more than waking up in an unfamiliar city, mapping out a route, picking a playlist and letting the city introduce itself. Here are my top five towns I think you should meet on the run.

london - run before you (pub)crawl
There are hundreds of reasons to run in London: gin, fish and chips, the Harrods Food Hall, Pimm’s and Marks and Spencer All Butter Shortbread are among my top five. I love running down Oxford Street before the shops are open; Hyde Park on a sunny day is a close second. There’s nothing like throwing on my Bridget Jones playlist, tearing down the London Bridge and hoping I bump into Colin Firth.

montreal - on y va
Before I head out on the prowl for poutine and smoked meat I like to run the streets of Montreal and develop a plan of attack. My usual route includes run-by browsing the windows at Simons, exploring the McGill University Campus and a cruise through the Old Port. If you’re looking for a view, running the trails of Mount Royal is an incredible way to uncover the beauty of this historic Canadian city.

san francisco - a san francisco treat
A morning run through the fog in San Fran is a great way to practice presence - living in the moment is easier when you literally can’t see what’s in front of you. I love to head down California Street, along the Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf and then jump on the Powell-Hyde Street Car to get back to home base (not everything needs to be an uphill battle).

new york city - these streets will make you feel brand new
Before you slide into your Manolos and take a bite out of the Big Apple, run the streets of New York to get a feel for what’s to come. With over 800 acres of running playground, Central Park is really a no-brainer when it comes to mapping my NYC route. The energy of the city keeps my pace up and the bagel carts and pizza shops make for easy carbo-loading on the way back.

vancouver - there's no place like home
If I could click my heels together and end up anywhere, it would be Vancouver. Snow-capped mountains, ocean waves and miles of seawall make Vancouver my favourite place in the world to run. There is nothing (and I mean nothing) like a sunny day, some good tunes and the smell of sea salt to charge me up. If you’re looking for a life changing experience run over the Burrard Street Bridge, through Yaletown, the Olympic Village and into Granville Island. I’ll save you a seat on the patio at the Granville Island Hotel. Shameless editor’s plug: if you’re intrigued by this route you should check out the SeaWheeze Half. Just sayin’.

Writing this blog post brought new meaning to “I run because I really, really, really like to eat” for Joanna – but hey, when you have access to the world’s best cuisine how could you not develop a love affair with food. Have any favourite discoveries you’ve made on the run?

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14 Comments »


Love it! Makes me want to hit the road and explore some cities.

Comment by jess — March 27, 2012 @ 5:58 am


Atta girl Jo!

Comment by Liane Walker — March 27, 2012 @ 9:03 am


There is no better way to check out the world than running around it!

Comment by Dan — March 27, 2012 @ 11:12 am


I once discovered an amazing bakery in Boston while on a run. They gave me free samples because I was so excited and told them I could smell them blocks away, an aroma so strong it lead me straight to their door. I’ve since vowed that whenever I’m craving Clear Flour Bakery in Brookline, I have to run there to get it.

Comment by Becky — March 27, 2012 @ 11:20 am


Exhilaratingly Fresh!! Congratulations!
“why wouldn’t you want to run!”

Comment by Elaine Calla — March 27, 2012 @ 12:22 pm


I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to Italy and my favourite run was through the cobblestone alleys of Venice. The window shopping; food and fashion was amazing. I couldn’t agree more; running through a city is the best way to savour it all!

Comment by Kate — March 27, 2012 @ 4:28 pm


Nothing like food and exercise

Comment by Harold — March 29, 2012 @ 9:51 am


I always remember going for an early morning run in a small town in China in 1989. We thought we were up so early but we ran past hundreds of people doing Tai chi by the misty lake. Total zen.

Comment by Sheri — March 29, 2012 @ 7:35 pm


YAY to running in my old hometown of Montreal. Since I took up running (many) years after leaving, I’ve never run there. I think it’s time for a return visit.

Comment by Jim Oldfield — March 30, 2012 @ 5:52 am


Try running around Nijo-jo castle grounds in Kyoto. It’s a perfect 5K. Early one morning, I saw a gentleman, probably 70+ years old cruising along wearing shoes with the old-school “u” shaped velcro strap and worn out soles.

Comment by Lori — March 31, 2012 @ 4:12 pm


Think I fell in love with you even more Jo … and have a few more “must run” items on my life list!

Comment by Carolyn — March 31, 2012 @ 9:22 pm


Thanks for the tips Joanna! Instead of taking the bus down to Oxford to get my goodies I’ll kill two birds with one stone and run down there.

Comment by Michael London — April 1, 2012 @ 7:16 pm


aucun interet eprouvé envers cet article, qui n a définitivement aucune pertinence

Comment by gertrude — April 5, 2012 @ 2:29 pm


Just started a six week tour of Europe, my first time traveling abroad. The goal is to run 120 miles before going home! Its the best and cheapest way to tour big cities.

Comment by Michael Dale — July 3, 2012 @ 5:24 am


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