With Spring Break, and then summer, right around the corner, the question of how to make time to run on vacation will probably pop up. I am always quick to pack my running gear right along what the rest of my luggage so that I don’t miss a beat in my training.
Pack The Right Gear
“A winning effort begins with preparation.” (Joe Gibbs). So be prepared. The first step to making that time to run on vacation is having the right tools. Familiarize yourself with the weather and conditions. Figure out if you’ll be running outside on the roads, or on the treadmill in a hotel gym. Use packing cubes for your running shoes, socks, clothing, and even fuel if need be.
Plan Your Routes
Before you get to your destination, take some times to plan your routes. As mentioned, maybe you’ll be spending time on the hotel treadmill, but running is a great way to explore, so take advantage! Look for areas that would be fun to see on foot, or areas with beautiful sights (think waterfronts or countrysides) or interesting architecture.
Get Up Early
When I’m traveling with my family, I am the first one up. I can squeeze in a run and be back in time to meet them for breakfast and grab a shower before starting our day. Sleep issn’t super important to me, so I don’t mind giving some up in order to bank some miles.
Schedule A Running Or Walking Tour
Self-guided tours are great, but so many cities have running or walking tours that are great for getting all the ins and outs of you vacation destination. To be honest, I find this a little intimidating (what if I’m too slow or can’t keep up), but It’s a really great idea.
Schedule A Race
I always love running races on vacation. It’s a great way to get a feel for another city’s running community, and to enjoy a new vibe. This doesn’t always work out for me, but I do my best to run races when we travel – it’s something I can do with friends, or if the boys want to do something on their own.
How do you make time to run on vacation?
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