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7 Tips for Training on Vacation

Hi friends!

Ryan and I are back from our coast-to-coast travel adventures from California to Florida and back home to PA!  Though I’m happy to be home and sleeping in my own bed, I’m not super excited to go back to work and back to real life.

But, I digress.

While we were in Florida, we ran Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon and the 10K.  However, while I was training for the half marathon, I’ve also been training for my very first full marathon which takes place in January.

If I’ve learned anything while I’ve been training for this marathon, it’s that training doesn’t stop just because you’re on vacation.  I was really riding the training wagon and was doing really well.  But, then the week leading up to us leaving for California was packed with things to do and I kind of fell off.  And, when we got back from California, we had about three days turn-around before having to leave for Florida.  Those three days were so seriously busy with things that needed to get done and so I just didn’t make the time I should have for my runs.

Once we got on the road to Florida, it really began to sink in how long I had taken off.  Taking a few days off is healthy, taking a week or more off is not.  So, needless to say, I sat with my disappointment for a while and then decided that I would just keep up with my training while I was in Disney.  So that’s what I did.

So today, I wanted to give you a few tips for keeping up with your training while you’re on vacation.

#1: Have a record of the runs you need to get in

This may seem like a silly tip but if you don’t know what runs you need to get in, you’re going to be more likely to just not run at all.  So, take down a list of the runs and mileage you need to get in while you’re going to be away.

#2: Come up with a reward system

Again, this may sound silly but for real you guys, knowing that you’ve got a reward coming your way for finishing a run is a serious motivator.  Committing to a run…on vacation…is a serious success.  So, treat yo’self.

#3: Know where you’re going to run

If you’ve been to a specific place a couple of times, there’s a good chance that you know where there’s a good place to run.  If you’ve never run in a certain place before, do some research and find out where the prime places to run are.  The internet has a much larger running community than I think a lot of people realize.  Check out some forums and find out where the best spots are to run wherever you may be traveling!

#4: Be realistic

If you don’t normally wake up at 5AM and go for a run at home, don’t expect to do it on vacation.  However, know what your days are going to be like and plan your runs accordingly.  Personally, I’m usually a night-time runner because that’s when I have the most energy.  However, in a place like Disney World, I know it’s going to be busy and very long days so running at night may not be realistic.  If your family takes a break in the middle of the day, get your run in then.  If you typically take some time to sleep in, try to get in that earlier morning run…maybe not 5AM but you know what I mean.

#5: Pack appropriate attire

This probably…again…sounds silly to some people.  But, at home in PA it’s been pretty chilly and so running in full-length leggings and a long sleeved tee has been normal.  However, in Florida, it’s not so chilly.  I’m talking Capri leggings or even shorts and a tee shirt…straight up summer running in these parts, y’all.  Check the weather for wherever you’re going to be and for the love of God…pack appropriately.  I don’t need anyone having a heat stroke.

A fun bonus tip with this one to find a little extra motivation to run on vacation, buy yourself something new to run in before your trip.  It’ll make the decision to run a whole lot easier, I promise!

#6: Stay well fueled and hydrated

OK, let’s be real for a minute.  I know that vacation food is hard to resist.  It’s damn near impossible.  However, if you’re training for a serious event, like a marathon, be cognizant of what you’re putting into your body.  Make sure you’re at the very least eating well-rounded meals.  Make sure you’re staying well-hydrated.  For me, I’ve honestly found that I can deal with a run if I’m not super well-fueled.  However, if I’m not well-hydrated, the whole run is crap.  So make sure you think about your own body and what you know you need to make those runs successful.

#7: Have fun

Ultimately, don’t stress too much about your runs when you’re on vacation.  Be gentle with yourself and give yourself some grace.  Be realistic and honest with yourself about what you’re going to be able to do on vacation and just have as much fun as possible while you’re out there!

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