We all know that vacation is meant to be a time to get away, but the question does arise: should you run on vacation? There is no right answer, of course. Everyone is going to have different ideas on how to spend their downtime, so don’t worry if your opinion differs from mine.
I am absolutely the person who runs (and walks) on vacation. But the frequency and duration does vary, and while I am always prepared TO run, it’s not the end of the world if I don’t. Let’s dive in.
Rest Is Important
First, it’s important to acknowledge that rest is important. Runners SHOULD take breaks from running, and it’s only to their benefit to do so. It makes sense to take those rest breaks on vacation, since running is one extra thing to schedule, and involves some extra packing.
I’m An Early Bird
Even on vacation, I’m an early riser, and I’m also quick to get moving. The boys? Not so much. I can get pretty frustrated waiting for them to get up and together, so for everyone’s wellbeing, going for a run works out well. They can dawdle in peace (what are they even doing???) and I can feel like I’m getting something done. Nine times out of ten, I’m still ready for breakfast before them. For me, a run is almost better than a morning coffee, so I’m happy to get out there for some miles.
Training Doesn’t Always Get Easier
As I mentioned, rest is healthy, but coming back after that break isn’t always easier. Personally, even if I’m going super slowly, I like to keep up the routine of exercise. It makes the re-entry to real life easier for me to manage. Planning to run on vacation is a small thing I can do to mitigate any kind of discouragement or lack of motivation on my return.
Running Is A Habit
And quite frankly, it’s a good one. Running helps me start my day. It gets my adrenaline flowing and my blood pumping. In so many ways, it puts me in a better mood and helps keep my energy levels up. Just because I’m on vacation doesn’t mean I need to break my regular habits.
Vacation Running Is A Great Way To Sightsee
There’s no better way to see a new place than to run it. Vacation running has afforded me views of some really cool and incredible places, and that’s something I can’t imagine giving up. My travel buddies aren’t always into seeing everything on foot, so continuing to run on vacation is the perfect solution.
I am always down for a racecation, and I usually try to build a race into my travel plans. In fact, I want to run one race in each of the 50 states, so running while away is a fabulous way to make that happen!
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