It seems like everybody is packing for their summer vacation this week. Many of our clients have requested their training plans ahead of time with the added disclaimer, “I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with the schedule while I’m away…”
I think it is absolutely possible to keep running, no matter where you go. One of the great things about running is that you don’t need any special equipment, just a pair of running shoes and the willingness to make it happen.
I run all year long and everywhere, even on vacation. Here’s my step-by-step guide on running when you’re away from home.
1. Get your travelling companions on board.
Make sure everybody has the memo that you will be running during vacation. It’s important to set this expectation in advance so partners, friends and children will what to expect. My family already know I’ll be running, so when I go out the door at dawn they know I’ll be back in X minutes.
2. Pack your running gear.
I usually bring one pair of running shoes, a sports bra, three pairs of socks and a top and bottom made out of light material that can be washed or rinsed over and over again. I often double my running shoes for touring around, especially city walks. Running shoes are pretty stylin’ these days! You don’t need to bring a load of running gear, just simple items that can be squeezed into the corner of a suitcase.
3. Plan your routes in advance.
I always locate my hotel/apartment on Google Maps and find the nearest park or running area. Many hotels will be happy to help you out with this and may even have a running map. Most hotels also have a basic gym with treadmill in the corner or access to a nearby gym. You could even see if there is a Parkrun at your destination.
4. Decide when you’re going to run.
If you know your family is going to be getting up at 8AM for breakfast, you might have to get out the door for your run at 7. Think of it as time to wander the city by yourself – enjoy the gorgeous morning light and lack of crowds! Before heading back to your room grab a cup of coffee for your partner. The coffee perks could help them love your morning runs, too.
5. Something is better than nothing.
If you happen to be in one of our Summer courses, you should be able to handle the prescribed workouts during your vacation. But if you’re finding it hard to squeeze in those forty minutes, the golden rule of “something is better than nothing” applies. If you can only spare 30 minutes to train… then go! When you return home you can get back to your normal training schedule. In the meantime if you continue running even for short bursts you won’t lose much fitness.