You will be happy to know I just got home from Vail and am back to sitting at my computer and looking out at an asphalt street instead of the gorgeous Rockies. Beautiful views and crisp mountain temperatures are for losers anyway.
This morning I got up early and did a 7 mile hilly run in the mountains. It was glorious. And challenging. They really need to pump more oxygen into these little ski towns.
I ran through Vail Village on my way back and treated myself to Starbucks, which is a good $1.00 more per drink than in Longmont. They obviously think only the rich with huge amounts of disposable income visit Vail. They do not know I stayed rent-free and ate bow tie pasta in the condo last night. I also stole tea from the lobby and clogged the toilet. I may not be rich but I am surely classy.
“I'm going on vacation starting Monday and am in the middle of my half-marathon training... I know I will have to do at least three runs while away (Speed work, Tempo and Long) and I'm a bit uneasy about it. Any tips to fitting in training runs while not at home?”
Yes, in fact I do.
- Commit before you leave home. Never play the game, “Oh, I’ll see how I feel when I get there and then decide if I’m going to work out.” There is far too much temptation to sleep in, go out for big meals, etc. Plan your exact workouts prior to leaving and pack your running stuff including fuels belts, powder drink mixes, protein bars, etc.
- Find out what’s available. Fitness center? Local trails? Plan beforehand and you’ll be much more likely to do what needs to be done.
- Get ‘er done first. Even if you normally workout in the afternoons or evenings, consider switching it up while on vacation and go first thing before everyone gets up. Once you start drinking margaritas by the pool or partake in three hours of exhausting body surfing, you probably will talk yourself out of your workout.
- Don’t give into peer pressure. The naysayers will try to talk you out of exercising because it makes them feel better about themselves for being lazy ass slacker who gain 29 pounds in five days. Tell them to shut the eff up and then crush them in beer pong later on.
- Keep your eye on the prize. As extra motivation, know that once you’ve put in your ten mile run, you are done for the day and it is time to be in total vacation mode. Grab a big breakfast and a lounge chair and put your feet up. I promise you will NEVER be sorry you took the time to get it done. It will set the fine mood for the rest of your day.
What’s your best tip for getting in your training/workouts while on vacation?