I guess you can tell from the title where I stand on today’s Tuesdays on the Run topic of whether or not t0 run on vacation. I can’t think of a vacation in the last 10 years that hasn’t had at least one run – and most have more than one and at least one race. In fact, there was a time period not to long ago where even our family vacations revolved around whether I could find a race or not. That has become less of a priority, but I still try to get in a few runs on every vacation.
How do I always manage to run on vacation?
- I pack for as many weather possibilities as I can – I always throw in compression socks and arm sleeves. These added layers can make it possible to run in unexpectedly cold weather, without taking up a lot of extra space. (Confession: I borrowed my son’s rain jacket to run the race in Auckland because I hadn’t brought a race appropriate rain jacket. Not a mistake I will make again.)
- I always bring at least one pair of running shoes (usually in my carry on). Thankfully the Altra Ones and Escalantes are super light weight and don’t add much to my suitcase.
- I find a race. I admit it – I love to race. I’d rather race than just about anything else I can think of. And it’s often a great way to see an area.
- I negotiate. Both Beer Geek and I like to work out, but I don’t like to get up stupid early. So, when necessary, I negotiate a later start to our day than he’d like so that I can drink my coffee before I run.
- I meet up with friends to run. Between the various ambassador programs I’m in and Half Fanatics, I can pretty much find someone to run with anywhere in the US. The added bonus of this is that they usually know the area and can make recommendations.
- I compromise. I may have run the Women’s Marathon in Auckland with a bit of a hangover. Beer Geek’s birthday and a huge beer festival happened to be the day before the race. No way was I going to ask Beer Geek to not have a fun birthday. I just accepted that the race might be slow and painful. (It was.)
- Sometimes the entire vacation is about running. Whenever I can, I run the Mainly Marathons’ race series and spend an entire week of vacation where I start my day with a half marathon.
I love to run. And, while I tend to run the same routes over and over near home, I love to explore new areas when I’m not at home. I might consider vacation a time to try too many beers or eat my weight in cheese, but I never consider it a time to take a break from running because running is my favorite.