* Schedule your workouts: Vacations are a time to relax, enjoy some new activities and have fun. Sometimes training can get smack in the middle of this. By planning out my schedule before leaving home, it was much easier to adhere to it. I knew which days I would be married to the treadmill and the gym! For me, the key to any workout is having it written in my planner and the option of not completing it is diminished.
* Great support Tell your traveling companion ahead of time about your workouts. When you calculate how many hours I spent on the treadmill while on vacation, it adds up to quite a lot. While I am not going to do the math, it is quite obvious that Tom was on his own while I ran on the treadmill, worked out on the elliptical machine or stationary bike. Trying to sneak out of our cabin before sunrise helped, but there were a couple days with long runs that I was gone several hours. He was extremely supportive, knowing that my gym visits were necessary. Enjoying early morning walks on the deck and a cup of coffee while watching the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea helped pass the time for him!
* Bring all the gear including gels Not knowing what would be available on our ship, I included a water bottle, tube of Nuun Hydration and some GU gels in my luggage. What a surprise when I found bottled water, Vitamin Water and Gatorade in the gym refrigerator. I took advantage of the Gatorade option quite a few times during my trips to the gym. Clearly this was a bonus, but having all you need packed in your luggage will make your workouts much easier.
* Embrace the gym When in unfamiliar territory, safety is a big concern, so I generally use a treadmill instead of running outside. There have been certain vacation spots where I have felt comfortable running, but Caribbean Islands did not seem like a good choice given the heat and humidity. So, I tried to get excited about the gym and plan a workout that would not be too painful.
*Give yourself a break If you must miss a workout because you indulged a little too much one day, relax. Keeping up with most of your workouts is the goal, not to deny yourself the pleasure of a long planned vacation! Oh and yes, I did stuff my face quite a few times including bacon every morning, a milkshake every day with 4 scoops of ice cream and a ton of other stuff that is normally off limits during my marathon training cycles.
Here's another post on getting your training done on vacation.
Do you have any tips for training while on vacation? Please share!