You’d be surprised how much an exotic locale will help motivate your marathon training and keep you focused on your goal. Plus, new and interesting surroundings make the race itself fly by, whether you’re cruising through New York City’s five boroughs or along the beaches of Barcelona. But having done nearly a half dozen myself, I’ve learned, often the hard way, that you can’t just wing it—running 26.2 miles in totally unknown territory takes some planning.
Once our resident running expert figured out the perfect cure for mile-20 blues—an inspiring new landscape—his running life was changed forever. Here, he outlines everything you need to know to run a successful race far from home.