"I ran from the Piazza del Duomo encircling the city and ending at the Piazzale Michelangelo... The view was completely breathtaking."
"I can't wait to go to San Fransisco... those slopes should make for a good run."
"Wardrobe versatility is key to successful traveling."
Traveling is rated as the No.1 desired leisure activity under most lists. So, when Ms. Lujan DiRocco found herself in a six month journey that lead her throughout Europe, both coasts of the U.S.A. and South America; her love for running gave her an idea that has since become one of her passions: tourist running.
It was 6am in Verona. Ms. DiRocco knew she would only be in the city made famous by Romeo+Juliet for 2 days. She knew that after finishing all of her work tasks there would be very little time to play tourist & get a workout.
Traveling for such a long time must be exhausting. Do you pack light?
It’s definitely tiring, but also quite amazing. Packing light is key.
What do you take with you?
Wardrobe versatility is key to successful traveling. A little black dress with matching heels for the unexpected night time events, a couple of day time dresses that I can mix and match with flats, workout clothes, running shoes; and my DiRocco LOLA prescription sunglasses, I’m blind without them.
Where did you get the idea of Tourist Running from?
“I have almost no time outside of work trips to be a tourist. So, I just picked up my phone and planned a run that encircled most of the city. Focusing on landmarks and streets I was interested in seeing. The whole thing was just short of 9 miles.”
This simple thought, which didn’t mean much then, would bring her a unique experience in cities the likes of Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Milan, Cartagena, Los Angeles, Miami, NYC, and more. Of course she doesn’t claim to be the only, or the first, to do this.
What has been your favorite city doing this so far?
When I did the tourist run in Florence, I ran from the Piazza del Duomo encircling the city and ending at the Piazzale Michelangelo. It’s on the top of a hill that offers a panoramic view of the entire city. I paced my run so I would finish just in time to see the sunset over the city. The view was completely breathtaking. As a whole experience, I’d have to say that’s been my favorite.
What was the hardest city to do?
I’d have to say Venice or Cartagena. I live in NYC between Riverside park and Central Park which are low traffic areas, both people and cars. Venice was crowded with tourists, like myself, and it made running through its streets like an obstacle course. Cartagena was the same but with cars. The city inside the walls was beautiful. There are parts where you even get to run on the wall, but you’ll find the local car traffic in the way a little.
I can’t wait to go to San Fransisco again. I hadn’t gotten into tourist running the last time I went, but those slopes… (they) should make for a good run.