It’s Tuesday so don’t forget to link up with these wonderful ladies:
Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life
Today’s topic is: Running on Vacation
And my answer is OF COURSE!!
Some folks may go on vacation for a break in their training cycle or just to run a race. Some may only run during vacation because they are training for a big race and it’s on their plan.
I ALWAYS make sure I run when I am on vacation. It’s kinda a priority for me. I would have fun if I didn’t run but running makes it an even better vacation for me.
In this post I’ll talk about my last vacation – my annual TENNIS vacation in Naples Florida.
The schedule was that every morning we play doubles for 1.5 hours and then have a tennis lesson for 1.5 hours or vice versa.
Did I run?
Yes! I made it a priority to do so.
In order to run, I might skip part of the doubles play and run. After my run, I would change my clothes and join them to play. After playing we would have our lesson.
After the first 2 days, I realized that it was faster to run in my tennis clothes and have someone bring my racket & shoes to the court. I would do that sometimes or just play tennis in my running clothes.
Did I run often?
Yes! 6 times.
- Friday before tennis- 3.5 miles
- Saturday before tennis – 3 miles
- Sunday – 5k race
- Monday before tennis – 3 miles
- Tuesday before tennis – 3 miles
- Wednesday before tennis – 6.5K (My birthday run)
I did not run on the day we arrived or the day we left.
in Naples, FL
Were they good runs?
Nope. None were.
It was very humid on the first few runs and of course, much warmer than I was used to. Then it got even warmer. It was tough to breathe and run. My running got to be walking/running and slower and slower.
I also found for the first time that I was missing tennis. Everyone else was playing tennis. I wanted to be with them And I wanted to be warmed up before our lesson.
In past years, I just ran fewer miles. This year I either started out running earlier or if it wasn’t a lesson, I arrived at tennis later (and rotated into the doubles).
Did I enjoy my runs?
I loved the scenery – the trees, flowers,etc. I loved the sunshine and even the heat.
During each run I took a different route. I ran around the neighborhoods of World Tennis Center (WTC). I ran around the pool area and tennis courts. I ran outside the WTC along the main road in one direction and then another day in the other direction.
What will I do differently next year?
I could get up earlier. But it’s hard when you go out to dinner late and you are hanging out with friends after that.
I could run every other day. But you never know in Florida when it will rain. You have to take advantage of the beautiful weather.
I could just play tennis but I would have been upset with myself for NOT running.
I could run after tennis but I know I would have been too tired and would be making others wait for me to go to the beach.
So next year, I will probably do nothing different from this year.
Views from my Naples runs:
one of the bridges along the main road
path at WTC to the tennis courts
another bridge on the main road
our villa in WTC
one more bridge along the main road
the main road in the other direction
more views of WTC
thought the SLOW sign was meaningful
Suggestions for running on vacation:
- Be prepared. Bring clothes for all weather conditions.
- Schedule your runs. If you leave it to chance, it won’t happen.
- Be flexible. Sometimes other persons’ needs or desires will come before your running.
- Find a scenic route. Pretty views make all the difference.
- Lower your expectations. Distance & speed goals will probably not happen.
- Register for a race in the area, if possible. Then you will definitely run.
- Have fun.
I’m also linking this post with Susie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches’ Corner.
Happy Running! Do you always run on vacation? Would you run on vacation even if it weren’t part of your training plan?