Have you ever narrowly avoided death by dashing in and out of traffic on a dusty street filled with outdated vehicles, while suffering from altitude sickness, just because you didn’t want your heartrate to slow? If you’re a runner who keeps up his training in other countries, you probably have. Other travelers have enough sense to take an alternative route or use the crosswalk.
Whenever I’m asked to describe myself in three words, it’s: writer, runner, wanderer. Running has influenced my travels in more ways than I thought possible, from finishing the Boston Marathon and then dashing over to Japan, to taking on meditation runs in New Zealand, to finding decent places to jog in the Peruvian Andes.