Westin Hotels is catering to marathoners with its new Running Concierges.
Whether it's a 5K, half-marathon, or the full 26.2 miles, finishing a distance race is no easy feat. Make it a destination race and you'll have even more to think about: what to pack and how to adjust to different time zones and temperatures, to name a few. But the T+L editors love a challange—and any excuse to travel.
Hotels are even picking up on the trend. Westin brand hotels recently teamed up with the Rock 'n' Roll half marathon series (which hosts races year-round across North America and Europe) to offer RunWESTIN participants access to its dedicated running conceirge, Chris Heuisler. Perks include a race course tour (Chris meets with local running associations in each city for insider tips), fitness and recovery advice, and a pasta dinner and breakfast to fuel up for the big day.
Pros: The trouble with being a globe-trotting yogini? The perfect tote-able yoga mat is hard to find. The latest version from Gaiam is lightweight and nonslip, and a cushy 5 mm thick. Another perk: it was made without phthalates (creepy chemicals whose presence is the exact opposite of relaxing).
Cons: As noted, it’s 5 mm thick, so not great for plane travel. But for a road trip? Just throw it in the trunk and say ommmmmmmm.
Verdict: Packable for a road trip; leave it at home for flights.
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.