February 10, 2015

Training for the Boston Marathon while on vacation!

The Boston Marathon was less than 12 weeks away when I left for my recent vacation.   Skipping my scheduled workouts was not an option. While secretly I wanted to just stuff my face and spend time floating in the pool or ocean, my conscience would not allow me to do this.  I kept to my plan and ran over 45 miles during my 12 days away from home and my favorite training buddies!  Here are some tips to keep on track while cruising or on vacation!

* 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!
(Pam)

13 comments:

  1. Kudos to you Pam for keeping up with your training while on vacation. I often have the best intentions of keeping up with my running while away, but often time gets the best of me and I don't get to run as often as I'd like to.

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    1. If there wasn't a huge race on my calendar, I might have skipped a few workouts, but I get nervous too easily about training!

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  2. Great job keeping up with your training while on vacation! That takes serious dedication! I ran every day while we were in Disney two summers ago. It can be done...I would do it first thing in the morning before everyone woke up. That way I didn't feel like I was missing anything or taking time away from my family.

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    1. Thanks Mindy, I think getting up early is the key. I was gone from out cabin early, usually before Tom was up.

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  3. Congrats. It's tough especially if you are around non-runners. They don't get it. You just have prioritize and fit it in and if you can't, not stress out about missing workouts.

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    1. Yes, prioritizing a workout can definitely help. And I would stress out with missed workouts!

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  4. When traveling, I have made it a habit of including running as part of the trip. Kind of bonus actually. It's extremely fun to see a new city while running. Some of my best runs have been on trips like Chicago and Las Vegas. And on a cruise, what runner would pass an opportunity to run on a moving ship? Running on the track of the Disney Fantasy was awesome!

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    1. I like to try new places too Frank, but after 3 dog bites, I have a bit of fear in certain places. Of course running on the track on the Disney Fantasy would be awesome. We were on a small ship and it was 10 laps for a mile. Way to many turns so I used the treadmill instead.

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  5. I always run on vacation. The strangest looks I got were from the locals in the Virgin Islands. I guess it's not very common there. I saw no one else running, except a wild hog. No lie. He was running loose in the town square. Odd.

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    1. Wow, I would have been frightened by a wild hog. You are brave!

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  6. Good for you Pam! I've gotten pretty good about running while I am on vacation - mostly because it's a great way to see new places - but I'm not sure I'd be so good at sticking to a formal training plan! You're going to do awesome at Boston!

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    1. My goal is to finish Danielle so I can wear that beautiful jacket and medal!

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  7. Nice job on your vacation mileage and training. I like that the gym was stocked with gatorade. I'll be going on an Alaskan cruise this August (which will likely occur during a build cycle) so this will be a good post to loo back on.

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