For those of you that follow me on Instagram (@matt_tapley) or have seen my latest blog post "Dubrovnik: You have to go here", it definitely won't be difficult to guess where my latest City Runs will be coming to you from. I have plastered my social media with Dubrovnik because it absolutely blew me away in every aspect. However, does that mean it's the perfect place for a City Run?
For those of you who are new to my “City Runs” series, I visit different cities at home and abroad, giving some recommendations for the best places to run and keep fit. Hopefully this will inspire you to get you outside and give you a great active experience in that city, should you ever choose to visit.
I have to say this is probably the toughest recommendation I've had to make since starting this series. Dubrovnik's beautiful old town, is surrounded by city walls, with narrow steep stairways and alleys running through it, making it quite a difficult place to go for a quiet, leisurely run. If you were absolutely adamant on running through the city I'd recommend you get up very early, and I mean VERY early, we're talking the sort of time you only see when you have to catch a flight. If you manage to drag yourself out of bed that early, then just following your nose and running up the "walk of shame" steps would be absolutely fantastic with a small area underneath the outside walls of the City with some gorgeous plants leading out to a small port. However, I'm going to recommend a slightly more realistic run that's just outside the city.
An extremely short boat ride away from the old town of Dubrovnik is Lokrum island. It has small trails available for you to explore, monasteries, forts and much more on the island for you to discover. It's the perfect place to run around. Head up to the fort to get the best views of the island and look out over Dubrovnik. A warning, trekking up to the top of the fort is not for the faint hearted. The phrase "it's hot...might be too hot" was muttered every 5 minutes on my way up. However, It's surrounded by crystal clear waters should you wish to take a dip and revitalise yourself on the way down.
If you want to stay closer to the City then you could potentially do more of a high intensity, shorter run. There are a few flights of stairs leading from the port I mentioned earlier up to a for called fort Lovrijenac. The views from in and around the fort are incredible. It certainly won't be the longest run in the world but you could certainly make it work for yourself as a HIIT workout! It had one of my favourite views from my whole trip up there.
What to wear
On my feet I wore my Adidas Alphabounce 1 Parley shoes, these are the same trainers that i wore during my City Runs: Paris blog post. Thankfully, this time I managed to use them without stepping on my own foot and scuffing them immediately. These trainers are really comfortable to wear and made a nice change from sandals and flip flops that were not that nice to my feet over the whole trip. They're stylish and look fantastic as well as helping to save the planet! Each paid of shoes is made from plastic in the world's oceans. So not only are you looking good, you're doing good.
I also wore a Canterbury training top and a pair of New look shorts that I have worn in previous City Runs as well as featuring them in my Price Point blog. Here are the links to all the items on show in this post.
- Alphabounce 1 Parley trainers
- Canterbury T-shirt
- New Look running shorts
I was really feeling some Giggs after recently seeing a video of AJ (Anthony Joshua) walking into "talkin the hardest" in one of his fights, so thats a really good song to run to. Or maybe try some Rick Ross "Green Gucci Suit".
Spotify – All my song recommendations can be streamed using Spotify and downloaded to use offline if you don’t want to use your data. Spotify is my go to music service even if they're going to start treating me like an adult and charging full price now I'm not a student. Petty if you ask me.
Uber - Maybe think about getting Uber if you're staying just outside the city, it'll save you a lot of time and energy.
Apple health – Tracking distance and steps, Apple gives you your days adventures compiled into an easy to understand visual display allowing you to track your progress from run to run.
Google Maps – With Google maps I found it so easy to get around the city. I don’t need to give you a big explanation on it as I’m sure you know how it works. If you don’t have it, get it. I always find it smoother and easier to use that Apple’s own Maps app.
Whichever city you visit, it should force you into being active! Dubrovnik is a prime example, you'll need to walk or cycle or run to explore the place. There are so many areas to find. You can even walk up and down the mountain overlooking the city if you want to (I cheated and used the cable cars). My best advice to you when embarking on your own City Run in Dubrovnik would be to just follow your nose. If for some unknown explanation you didn't fancy the runs I've recommended (slim chance, I know), you'll have no problem finding your very own one.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please let me know whether you want to see more City Runs content as I am planning on posting more as soon as possible.
Disclaimer: Although part of this blog post is a paid collaboration, all views, opinions and experiences are my own.