How you Can Run During Vacation

Every summer my family spends a long weekend in Duluth, Minnesota. We always stay in a hotel directly on the shore of Lake Superior. Strolling down the lake-walk, visiting little shops, eating at Grandma’s restaurant, and watching swimmers jumping into the water never gets old. Even though our time up north is pretty busy, I always plan to run while traveling.

This not only allows me to continue my training plan, but I am able to explore and enjoy the beautiful sights around me. Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean your training has to be. Here are a few tips I’ve learned to make the most of your time while on vacation.

Run Sightseeing

Forget mileage and instead run for a certain amount of time. While going on a run during vacation I usually just wear a watch and leave the iPod behind. This allows me to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the area I’m visiting. Use this time to explore. Don’t plan your route, but just follow your feet. You will be amazed how fast time goes, and you will see things you never expected to see. Doing an out-and-back might be a good way not to get lost. Just run as far as you want, then turn around and come back.

Family Cross Training

Rent bikes, swim, golf, play tennis, take a yoga class, hike or participate in other cross training options. This allows you to spend time with your family and friends, but also get a great workout in. You can be active, burn a few calories and have fun without putting on your running shoes.

Even if you’re training for a marathon, this cross training can be a good way to get in an “active break”, and train your muscles to do something different for a change. If you’re not already doing this as part of your regular plan, giving it a try while on vacation is a great place to start.

Sign up for a Race

This year when I am in Duluth, Grandma’s marathon will be taking place. I decided to run the half-marathon! This will definitely force me to stay in shape. Signing up for a race is a great way to keep up your mileage and see the sights without worrying about your route or traffic. Also a t-shirt from the race is a great souvenir.

Runners run. A vacation or trip does not need to hinder your training plans. Schedule time to explore and learn along the way. Enjoy!

What tricks have you learned for keeping your training going while on vacation?

Lisa Fenske

Lisa Fenske started running in college and now it is a big part of her life. When she isn’t training for her

next half-marathon, she enjoys discovering healthy recipes on Pinterest, volunteering for Guild

Incorporated, networking, traveling, kickboxing, and zumba.