• Travel,  Vietnam

    Running in Hanoi Vietnam

    I made my first trip to Vietnam in 2015 as a solo traveler. I landed in Hanoi, completely jetlagged, invigorated, and ready to take in the magic that Anthony Bourdain promised I’d experience in this rich, sultry city. It delivered. Hanoi will look chaotic to you, but as you enter its soupy dance of humanity you’ll see that it works just fine for the 7.5 million folks who call it home. There’s a flow and heartbeat to life there, and when you surrender and join in, your time there will become much easier than if you try to fight upstream. The best way to get a good, safe run in…

  • Cambodia,  Running,  Travel,  Wellness

    Running in Siem Reap Cambodia

    Siem Reap is known for its spectacular ruins, but if you’re traveling there as a runner, you’ll quickly learn that running through the relics isn’t allowed, and isn’t appropriate anyway.  And the downtown is busy and full of tourists and motorbikes and vendors, so it’s a little hard to run there too. Phil and I found a really great route that starts near the center of the city and goes down along the river, where you’ll get a much better feel for local life. ROUTE: Find Route 63, which is the major road that winds along the Siem Reap River.  Find a little bridge (there are many!) and cross over…

  • Bangkok,  Running,  Thailand,  Travel,  Wellness

    Running in Bangkok at Chatachak Park

    Beat the heat with a run in the park! In a crowded, hot city with a population of over 8 million people you may think your running options are limited.  But there are a few green spaces where you can escape the busy streets and congested sidewalks to enjoy a few miles (or more!) of uninterrupted running. The Chatachak Park is one of the oldest parks in the city, and proves to be one of the most beautiful for running.  It’s expanse of paved paths weave past small lakes and streams, and provide a great view of skyscrapers while remaining quiet and serene. The park is at the Mo Chit…

  • Running,  Wellness

    Winter Running Tips

    I have made the decision to *not* run this winter.  I know that probably isn’t the info you’re looking for! But I found myself cringing at the thought of bundling up and fighting the elements and feeling my molecules seize up at the attack from the cold and wind. Instead, I’m spending more time drinking tea and making art. I know I’ll be flabby come spring, but it’s really nice to have a season without the “shoulds” on my mind.  So if you’re reading this and are thinking that you’re in need of a sabbatical from running, check out my post about that here. But if you want some tips…