Heading out on vacation doesn't mean your training doesn't have to suffer. Yes, summer running is tough. Yes, trying to figure out how to get a few miles in before hanging out poolside, putting your toes in the sand, or spending the day in the theme park can be tough, but with a little bit of planning you will be good to go! Today, Jeff Galloway shared some of his top tips for vacation running in order to make sure we all stay accountable while traveling this summer.
When you’re camping and near a lake and/or mountains. Drive around the campground area to find suitable running/trail areas. Plan a group hike each day. Appoint yourself the “lookout”. Walk ahead of the group for a few minutes and then run ahead for a minute or two, and run back. Repeat this routine throughout the hike. Even short segments of running, during a 1-2 hour hike, will maintain your running adaptations very well.
On a road trip, taking frequent “pit stops”. Wear your running gear on the trip. If it is safe to run or walk at your rest area, walk for 1-2 minutes as a warmup and then run for 5-10 minutes. Repeat this pattern until the group is ready to load up. If it is a food stop, get your meal “to go” and spend the time running.
When you’re on a trip that’s based around a theme park. Many of the hotels in areas like Disneyworld, have designated areas for running. In some cases you can run to the parks. Ask the hotel staff for recommended routes. Each evening, gather the family and plan your park visit for the next day. This allows for you to find a timeslot to squeeze in a run. As you mention how you are planning your run, you'll teach the kids how important your exercise is, for you.
When you’re on a sightseeing city tour. Time is limited during most sightseeing tours but you can usually squeeze in a few minutes here and there. Wear running clothes or very comfortable apparel with running shoes. When the bus stops, keep walking around while looking at the sights or listening to the guide. If time allows before reboarding, jog for a minute or two.
A home-based vacation. If possible, arrange with another family member to watch the kids while you run. Then, offer that person a chance to get away for a while while you stay with kids. Early morning is often a great time to get in your runs. Plan trips to local parks (that you seldom visit) where you can run and walk with the family.
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