That’s when opportunity knocked, in the form of an invite to Jamaica’s Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K. It came from a publicist friend who was working with the island’s tourist board and knew that I often write about running. “Come for the run, stay for the fun,” read the tagline. How could I worry about Mile One when surrounded by sun, sand, and surf?
Girl power getaway
It’s also a perfect activity for friends who share a passion for running, says Gina Imperato, who helps put on the Montclair Bread Co.’s 5K Doughnut Run and Baker’s Dozen 13.1 in New Jersey (and takes an annual runcation with her high school buddies). “Women get their strength from leveraging their community,” she says. “Sure, we can race alone, but why, when it’s so much more fun in a group?”