Usually, when we are out of town, I leave my sneakers at home. I figure that a few days off won’t hurt and our schedules are generally so packed that we don’t have time. However, this time, five days from home with a very flexible itinerary, and with ZOOMA Florida on the horizon, I thought it would be prudent to get in some training.
Mornings were the perfect time for my attack. I’m usually up with the sun, while Mr PugRunner prefers to sleep in, so I picked two mornings to lace up and head out, while he lounged around.
The first time I went out, I was extremely distracted. For some reason, my Garmin wasn’t picking up correctly, so I tried to do intervals on the clock on my phone. Of course, that never works as well as we think it might, so I just kind of ran and walked around for a while. There were so many little paths to explore and so many things to see.
About halfway through, I thought I would go down to the beach and give sand-running a shot. To be honest, it wasn’t my favorite. The sand was super soft and difficult to maneuver. I managed a very uncoordinated hop-shuffle-walk from one end of the resort to the other, thankful that there weren’t too many people out and about to witness my epic lack of grace.
The view, however, could not be beat.
I think I probably pulled off about three miles on that first day, and I felt great when I met Mr PugRunner at Starbucks for a well deserved iced coffee.
Two days later, I tried again. This time, I left the Garmin in the safe, and set my phone timer for 45:00. Then I told myself to just run. If I felt the need to stop and walk, go ahead, but run the rest of the time. I don’t know if it was a lack of humidity or if everything was just going my way, but even with stairs and hills and inclines, I ran for about 37 of those 45:00, and felt great. My breathing was fine, and I didn’t have any cramps or aches. It was exhilarating.
Clearly, I need to move to the Bahamas.
The few times I did stop was because I wanted to admire things like this
I do wish I had an accurate track of my miles, but I was able to estimate for the two days, and regardless, felt pretty good about what I had accomplished in what would otherwise be lounging around time.
The shoes were a little bulky to pack, but in this case, where bathing suits and flip flops made up the majority of my suitcase’s contents, it was ok . I imagine it would be a little tougher going to a colder region or somewhere where more clothes and shoes would be necessary, but where there’s a will, there’s a way, and I will definitely commit to keeping up my fitness regimen if we are on longer, less hectic trips. Some routines are good to keep.
How do you handle your running and training when you are out of town?
Do you find that some locations are just better suited to you as a runner than others?
What’s been your favorite place to run?