Welcome back to Tuesdays on the Run with me, Patty from My No-Guilt Life, and Erika from MCM Mama Runs; today’s topic is Fitting in Fitness on Vacation. I just got back from a short trip to Disney, so you’d think I’d have a lot to say about this but to be honest, when I go to Disney I don’t usually do any structured exercise at all!
I split my views on formal exercise during vacations into two main categories. When I’m going on a very active vacation, like Disney or hiking in Arizona, I don’t feel a big need to work running or lifting into my schedule. I’m usually so beat that my feet and legs are sore and I get a pretty good upper body workout right now toting Eli around wherever we go. If I’m at Disney for a full week and have a day or two without going to a park, I will try to get a run in as long as I’m feeling not too sore.
On the other hand, if I’m traveling for work or spending a week at the beach where I’m active but not on my feet for the whole day, I do like to keep up my workout schedule. I’m pretty flexible about it depending on what is available where I am and what the weather is. I only do my strength training if there’s a gym available, otherwise I just consider it a rest/recovery week.
I am a lot more consistent about getting my runs in on a long vacation or business trip. The biggest considerations are the weather and the safety of the area. In almost all cases, if I’m going to run, it’s going to be first thing in the morning before everything else starts!
At the beach, I’ll run on sidewalks along A-1-A or a side road as early in the morning as I can get up. On a work trip, if I’m unfamiliar with the area, I try to stick near the resort and make sure I’m running during daylight hours, ideally before my work sessions start. Often, the front desk can provide a map with running/walking paths.
It’s best if you can do this with a friend, but at the minimum make sure to tell someone that you’re going and when you’re expected back. If you’re traveling alone, call a loved one and tell them to expect a call when you’re done. Worst case, either bail on the run or (ugh!) hit the treadmill. When traveling in an unfamiliar area it’s wise to err on the side of caution.
The worst part about exercising while on a vacation or work trip is having to pack all that extra stuff. Shoes, sports bra, socks, bondiband, sparkleskirt, shirt (all times the # of times you’re working out) tends to take up a lot of room! I read that some hotel chain was offering to let you borrow workout gear, but that might be kind of weird and hard to find the right fit for anything more than a light workout.
So, what’s your workout while traveling philosophy? Rain or shine get it done? It can wait until I get home? Or are you like me and it depends on the trip type, duration and area?