Running While on Vacation

Vacations are usually times to unwind and relax; however, many runners are still training for races and will run during a vacation.

I would suggest trying to have your off-season or break from running during your vacation.   I think this is the best option.  Try to find a race right before or at the beginning of your vacation.  This allows you to run and race and then you can take a one to two week break during your vacation.  This way you can just relax and not worry about trying to fit a run into the vacation.

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If your off-season/break is not during your vacation, don’t worry it is still possible to fit training into the vacation.

  • Think about adding in an extra rest day or two.  This will give your more flexibility with your training plan.
  • Try to plan your runs around the activities that you have planned.  On days that are less busy try to go for a run, even if it is shorter than what you would normally do.
  • Get up early and run in the morning.  This is a great option to fit in your run and see a beautiful sunrise in a new area.
  • Buy a gym membership and run on a treadmill if the weather is too hot/cold for running outside.
  • Do body weight exercises like pushups, planks, and squats to keep up on strength training without any weight lifting equipment. And you won’t have to buy a gym membership.
  • Add in cross training days and do fun activities on your vacation like walking, biking, kayaking, or swimming to replace any runs that you may miss.

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Most importantly, don’t stress if you can’t fit in many or any runs during your vacation.  One or two weeks of little running will not have a large impact on your running fitness.  Enjoy your vacation,  you can start training again when you get back home.

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