I was fortunate enough to have grown up on training camps around the world. It is safe to say that by the age of 6 I had been abroad more than the average 26 year old.
Someone recently requested I write more about the athletics tracks that I have visited. Unfortunately I don’t remember a lot about being on training camp as a toddler, so this latest piece will be focusing on my more recent camps.
With a Spanish father it is no surprise that most of our camps have ended up in Spain. Here are three places you may want to consider for your next warm weather training camp.
Extraterrestrial views, hiking trails, heat all year round and an alternative altitude training venue are what make Tenerife special.
Having spent almost a month in Vilafor, a sleepy little village just below the crater of Mount Teide, I fell in love with the place.
We were on an altitude camp, solely training in the crater.
The mountain roads are also frequently used by cyclists. Team Sky were constantly whizzing past us during our stay – So if you’re into that sort of thing get on yer bike!
There are also running tracks at sea level. Whilst there, we visited the track on Playa de la America. It is incredibly popular during peak times, as the Canaries are one of the few locations with heat in Europe all year round. For this reason, I found the track slightly claustrophobic as there were so many people there. Despite this, it was nice to have a little bit of atmosphere after three weeks in solitude on the mountain.
In Valencia, everything was easy.
The main park in the city, locally known as El Rio, used to be a river. Now it is a massive park with a running track in it. The park is big enough to do off-road steady runs without getting bored of seeing the same thing all the time.
The hustle and bustle of city life made Valencia quite a fun place to stay. There were plenty of shops and restaurants to go ‘people watching’ in between sessions, bike rental was cheap which meant we were able to ride to the beach or go on an adventure around the city.
Just a stone throw away from Valencia, you’ll find the notorious holiday destination of Benidorm.
All jokes aside, Benidorm is underrated and actually a decent place for a warm weather camp. There are very few people on the running tracks, probably because most people are in the bars and it is very cheap.
There are two local tracks, one within jogging distance from the main beaches and one 15minutes away, with more facilities, in the mainland town of Alfas del Pi. If you have a car, there are also a number of trails to run on. The path up to the Light house in Albir is a nice route to run on with beautiful sea views.