If you’re on the fence about retiring your trainers while you go hiking through the woods or getting a tan at your favorite beach, keep reading.
First things first, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I love traveling and exploring the world.
Although my current job and budget do not allow me to travel as often and as far as I’d like to, I do my best to spend all of my vacations off seas. Right now, I’m planning to go on a three-month workation through South East Asia this summer (I shall keep you updated on that).
But here’s the kicker. For a long time, traveling has always interrupted my running schedule. In fact, it wasn’t up until recently that running became a to-do list on my vacation plans.
After doing some research on how to keep training while on the road and taking a few measures, I was able to turn my running into a part of my vacation time. That’s where today’s post comes in handy.
5 Ways to Keep Up Your Running While on Vacation
Here are some of the measures I take in order to keep my running routine going strong on vacation. I hope these simple steps help.
1. Have a Plan
One of the biggest hurdles of running when traveling is knowing where to go. Gone are your familiar trails and habitual streets.
The solution is quite simple: plan for it.
When you’re planning a vacation, chances are you already doing some research on the best things to do in town, what landmarks to see, the best restaurants, etc., so as you’re checking out the area, map out some routes to go for your runs.
Websites like MapMyRun and Waljogrun.net can help you map out your running routes on travel and vacation.
The most important advice I’d give here is to make running a priority on your to-do list while on vacation. If you don’t prioritize your running, you’ll definitely succumb to excuses.
If you can find a race that’s suitable for your trip, then, by all means, go for it. Racing on vacation can be a great way to keep you motivated and help you avoid falling off the training wagon.
During my last stay in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) last year I discovered that a fun race was about to take place. The race caught me by complete surprise. I just was lucky enough to meet up with a local girl who happened to be a runner.
So, instead of logging in my three-miler, I jumped into that local event and made it a training run.
3. Connect With the Local Running Community
Feeling intimidated by the new environment? Then partner up.
Look up other runners and like-minded individuals, and perhaps they’ll have a group run going on while you’re in town. I find it always fun and exciting to meet new people who like to run just much as I do—despite being an introvert who usually prefers to run solo.
To meet local runners, I’d recommend you drop by the nearest running specialty store, such as Lululemon or Niketown, then join a fun run. That’s by the way how I got a running tour of Istanbul, this winter.
More than often, these stores hold group runs that welcome visitors, too. Not only that, but they’re also the best people to ask about favorite paths, trails, and venues in general.
4. Pack Your Gear
I hate to sound like a broken record, but planning is key for a successful running experience while on vacation. I cannot emphasize it enough.
That’s why the first thing I do when packing for my vacation is to pack relatively modest running clothing. These include my favorite T-shirt, two pairs of running shorts, and running socks.
Of course, running gear may take up room in your suitcase, but being prepared for various weather conditions helps avoid succumbing to excuses to miss a run.
To make sure your everyday clothes don’t smell funny, put your running shoes in a bag and stuff them with a dryer sheet. My bag has a separate pocket where I usually store all my dirty clothes and running shoes.
5. Stay Safe
Whenever you’re running in unfamiliar territory, whether you’re vacationing in a neighboring city or halfway around the globe, remember to always put your safety first.
To err on the side of caution, tell people—a friend, hotel staff, Facebook, etc. —where you’re going and how long you expect to be gone.
Then, before heading out, carry some cash, your ID card, your cell phone, and your hotel’s business card in case you got lost. I usually use a fanny bag like this one.
Once you’re out, pay attention to your surroundings. Avoid running on busy roads, narrow streets, or in neighborhoods that seem less than safe. And always trust your gut. If you feel something off, simply run in the other direction.
Also, make sure to keep a low-profile. If your trip is taking you down a not-so-progressive place, then running shirtless, or women running in shorts or tanks tops may draw unwanted attention.
After all, you don’t want your dream trip to turn into a nightmare.
And there you have it. The above guidelines might be the only measures you need to take to keep running and training hard throughout your vacations and trips.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have any personal favorite tips to share with us?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.
In the meantime, thank you for dropping by.
Keep Running Strong.