Training on vacation, ugh. Why?
So you’re on vacation and you want to put that training for your upcoming 5K, 10K or marathon on hold. While working out on vacation is really hard for most people, I am here to tell you, do it. It’s well worth it!! Even if you just do half to three fourths of your usual workouts. Always try to do something.
On this past Spring Break trip to the Red River Ski Resort I fully intended to use the only gym facility in the little town and I was excited about that. But when I got there, I found out the gym had closed down. Ugh. Option two?
Well, at least there was no snow on the roads, so I would at least be able to get a few runs in. I did a really slow 8-miler and found a spot to do my half mile interval runs. So I got two good runs in on my trip. It was tough because the elevation was 85-hundred feet and my long run ended up being an 18-hundred foot climb for half and the other half was down hill . I think that wreaked havoc on my knees. I would not have tried to do so much except I am training for the Boston Marathon, so I knew I had to get as close to a training run as I could. Even my interval run was about 10 seconds slower because of the elevation.
So, training on vacation in a different environment can be tricky and might even set you back, but it’s so worth it to get some training, or exercise in, so you don’t feel like you’ve lost a few steps when you get back home. I also feel that it helps the body acclimate to what is normal for you when you do return home. I know when I get back home, I’m always a few pounds heavier but it takes just 2-4 days to get back to my “normal” weight. If I didn’t exercise on vacation, I bet that would take a week or longer.
Just do it. You’ll feel better!