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:
FIVE WAYS TO FIT IN RUNNING ON A NON-RUNNING VACATION:
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?