August 7, 2015

How to get it done: training while on vacation

It's no secret that we love to travel.  Today, we will be leaving for a 16 day trip and my training plan was one of the first things that I wanted organized.  When packing starts, the exercise clothing is also a priority to make sure everything is available for running and cross training. There are certain things I do to insure enough luggage space for the trip back home, so older running shoes and clothing can be discarded as needed.  My older Brooks Ravenna shoes are worn for walking the dog once I have 300 miles on them, but this time I am bringing them with me. New socks and newer insoles will provide the extra support for an older pair of running shoes and they will be left behind when we leave our river cruise.
First time using my Brooks shoe bag-perfect for accessories


As for getting the actual work done, here are some ways to make training happen while on vacation.

* Plan your itinerary:  You can carve out time for your workouts whether they are daily, every other day or just once a week by studying your trip itinerary ahead of time. Our second day in Vienna,  I will be running in Stadtpark which is across the street from our hotel.  Was it a coincidence that we are near a park?

* Enjoy the locals:  When we traveled to England a couple years ago, I found a local 5k during the time we would be in the city.  It happened to be in one of the beautiful city parks and meeting runners from another country was really fun.

Superhero 5k in Regent's Park, London
* Make sure your travelling companions are on board  When travelling with just Tom, I tend to get my exercise/workouts done before he even wakes up.  If this is not possible, I always ask what his preference is and try to be considerate of what he wants to do on any given day.

*  Research the internet:  If you are visiting big cities, there is a chance that a running club might be meeting for a group run when you are there.  Alternatively, there are lots of road races so be sure to check these possibilities before you leave home.  I actually planned to meet a group last February in Miami for a run, but the timing did not work out. Also, the concierge or front desk clerk at most hotels can provide a map and perhaps even help you with a running route.

* Stay safe:  Just like at home, the same safety rules apply.  Be sure to run in well lit places, know your route and tell someone where you are going.  And please wear an ID band or carry ID in your pocket along with some money and your hotel details.  If you get lost, you will have money to make your way back to the hotel.

Do you make advance preparations for running and exercise when you travel?  Anyone racing this weekend?
(Pam)

15 comments:

  1. I love finding local races to register for when I'm traveling. We ran a three mile race when we were in San Diego a couple of years ago, and it was a great way to still make sure that I got some miles in while we were away.

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  2. Oh I love running in new places so I always bring my running clothes when we travel! I scope out routes when we get there as well as talking to the hotel workers. I wake up early and get it done before the family so it doesn't interfere with our fun!

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  3. I planned to keep my fitness up while I was on vacation last week. I new I wanted to run the trail at disney and new I could use the gym at the resort and on the boat. Unfortunately I didn't use them as often as I should have.

    I like the fact that you are taking older shoes. I always need to remember to not take my best stuff on vacation cus I usually ended up accidentally leaving something behind. Also by not bringing everything home you are leaving more room to bring other goodies home! Have fun! -M

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  4. Great travel tips. I usually look for a local race and make sure I get my training runs in. I'll have to remember the tip about the older clothes and shoes. Genius.

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  5. Great tips on taking the old shoes and leaving them! I agree with planning out the workouts in advance. I do this as well and it's the only way I get my workouts in while traveling. And it helps Mike to know when I'll be working out so he can plan something else or just sleep in :)

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  6. All great tips! I love running races when I visit new places...so cool you had the opportunity to run one in England!

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  7. great tips-I always try and research a few paths to run and see if the hotel has a gym to get some quick workouts in

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  8. One of my friends went to Europe and she did the same thing- took workout gear that she'd intended to get rid of (via Goodwill or trashing it) and just got rid of it when travelling to have the luggage space when she came home. We occasionally have vacationing people who come to our group runs and it's pretty awesome. Great way to see Charleston.

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  9. I always back all my running stuff too. It takes up more space than my normal clothes usually.

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  10. I always like to plan on keeping up the fitness while on trips, I think that can be some of the greatest workout times!
    Have so much fun on your trip! 16 days sounds amazing!!!!

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  11. I bring my workout gear with me, but with the kids it's sometimes hard to figure out how to get it done....but I WILL be running when we go on our very first DISNEY CRUISE in December!! Have a great trip!

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  13. Hope yall are having a great trip! Love the tips!!

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  14. I love that currently going running is a default part of my travel plans right now, and that my wife just assumes that. I did 9 miles at Myrtle Beach that was great on vacation. I had done it before, so knew what to expect, but research ahead of time is helpful and useful.

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  15. Great tips! I absolutely did not planning in advance (my mom set the itinerary and I didn't read it until I was en route the morning of) so it really did throw off my training schedule. I got some runs in, but should not what I would have liked. Enjoying your pics! Have a great vacation :)

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