Friday Five 2.0 – Running On a Non-Running Vacation

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

I just returned from a vacation where the purpose was to play tennis and bond with my female tennis friends.  Not one of them runs but I did FIVE out of 8 days!!

Here’s my topic today:


1. Be prepared.  

Pack clothes for all weather conditions. Cool, hot, rainy, etc. Pack enough clothes to run every day.

This trip was easy for me. It was sunny, warm and humid EVERY DAY. I was also able to re-wear my skirts but the tops got pretty sweaty (but I brought many and we also had a washing machine if necessary)

2. Schedule your runs.

If you leave it to chance, it won’t happen.

I chose not to run the days I arrived and left and the day before my 5k race.  All the other days, I took out my clothes the night before, set my alarm and got my run in between 7 and 8 am.

3. Be flexible.

Sometimes other persons’ needs or desires will come before your running.

Some of the tennis ladies left early so I needed to play tennis on the last day instead of going for a run.  I also had a tennis lesson scheduled each day.  I needed to make sure that I was warmed up before the lesson and that my friends were agreeable to me rotating into their doubles play for the last half hour.

4. Find a scenic route.

Pretty views make all the difference. If you plan to run often, you need to vary your route.

5. Lower your expectations.

Distance & speed goals will probably not happen.

With the heat and humidity, my runs got shorter and slower.  I walked more often.  But it was better than staying in bed.

**Register for a race in the area, if possible.

This is not required but a short race does not take any training or much time out of the day. It is a fun way to get in a run.

Happy Running!  Do you run when you are on vacation?



14 thoughts on “Friday Five 2.0 – Running On a Non-Running Vacation

  1. I try to run while on vacation. Usually I use a map and map out a quick run close to wherever we are staying so I don’t get lost or can get back quick if I need and when I’m done.

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  2. Looks like you had a good time and were able to balance running with being with your tennis friends. I would love to do a short race this summer while on vacation. I searched but there are few races in the south over the summer!


  3. So fun! I love to run on vacation as long as I’m in a safe place where I feel comfortable being out & about by myself. I’d say about 90% of the places I travel fit that criteria and I enjoy exploring new areas on foot.


  4. I used to run any time we went on vacation, but not much last year. We usually just go to the beach. It’s hard running on the beaches down here because the sand is thick and where it is packed it’s slanted. Walking on the beach seems best for these knees!

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