There’s a very fine line between a run-cation and a vacation. A Run-Cation is a running inspired vacation-so traveling somewhere with intentions to run. A vacation is a trip with the sole intentions to relax, eat, (maybe drink) and adventure. Taking vacations can be wonderful but taking the time to run or get sweaty often falls by the wayside. It’s all about balance because the last thing you want to do when you’re on vacation is stress out about having to fit in a workout! That defeats the purpose of a vacation! But there’s a major Pro to working out while you’re on vacation…more guilt free eating and drinking! So here are some tips on how to fit those fun runs or hassle free workouts in when you’re on vacation:
1. Go First Thing in the Morning.
Most people aren’t confined to a strict itinerary, so even if you think you can squeeze a run in before dinner or after breakfast, if a fun opportunity arises you probably won’t be working out. Lay a water bottle and your workout clothes out in the bathroom the night before. Set an alarm for an hour before you think anyone else will wake up, bounce out of bed, get dressed in the bathroom and get out the door. (Don't forget to bring your ID, some money and a room key.) Trick your brain before it realizes what is going on!
2. Trick Your Friends or Family Members!
While I was on vacation in Yosemite recently, I really wanted to go on a strenuous hike. I convinced a group of my family to “try” to hike to the top of Yosemite Falls (An over 7 mile extremely-strenuous hike with a 2700 foot elevation gain.) Half the group did the beginning of the hike and turned back after we took a break to eat and enjoy the view while 3 of us went on to do the entire thing. This got everyone involved to do something active at their own levels. But morning and sunset walks, bike riding, hiking, and swimming are all great substitutes if you can’t find the time for a structured workout.
3. Run Hard!
If you only have a tiny window of time to get a workout in, run intervals. What does that mean? That means instead of running at a comfortable pace, you are running at set distance intervals at a very high intensity. It’s a the best way to get the most bang for your buck! Here’s two different high intensity interval runs:
1. Tempo Runs
2. Interval Runs
What's so special about tempo and interval runs? Well not only do they increase your lactate threshold and help you run faster, but you can get a serious workout in in just 20-40 minutes. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is where it's at!
4. Workout With a Local Group.
Social Media and The Interwebs have made it possible for you to workout with locals virtually anywhere. From group runs with companies like SIX:02, lululemon, Nike, or Lole to boutique gym chains like FlyWheel or SoulCycle -there are virtually no excuses. Many gyms even offer introductory trial periods or deals. When I know I am going somewhere, I tweet out if anyone knows any fun routes for me to try. Sometimes I get lucky and someone recommends a race that is taking place during my vacation. Running with a local group is a great way not to get lost and to get active with trustworthy, fun and interesting people.
5. Don't Sweat It.
So a few days pass that you don't run or workout. The world isn't going to end! Enjoy your trip and get back on track when you return. Your world shouldn't revolve around working out, it should only enhanced with it.
Do you have any tips to fit working out in while you travel? Tweet them to me at @KellyKKRoberts or leave them in the comments below. Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.