Thursday, August 21, 2014

running while on vacation

take me back to TYBEE ISLAND, GA!

last Thursday we returned from a 5 day trip to Tybee Island.  we rented a large house with some of my family and were just a short distance to the beach.  

usually Ryan and I do well with running while on vacation.  due to the heat and the time of day we had to squeeze our runs in (usually right before lunch) we only managed to run two times.

however that is probably two more times than most vacation goers like to run.  sure vacationing is a time to relax and unwind but I love keeping up with some sort of exercise routine while away from home.  especially when I know I tend to overeat junk food while on a trip.  

here are a few tips for making sure you get a run in while on a trip:

1) start early ... the earlier in the day you set aside for a run, the more likely you'll actually do it.  if you wait too long happy hour will inevitably get in the way
2) stay hydrated ... one of Ryan's complaints was not drinking enough water to combat the heat and humidity of running along the beach
3) don't stress out about distance or time ... one of our runs was only 2 miles, less than 20 minutes.  we didn't want to leave my parents overwhelmed with 3 kids under 3 so we rushed home as soon as we hit the 2 mile mark.  always remember a little bit is better than nothing.
4) reward yourself for getting out there and running ... one of our runs brought us to a pizza place at the end of 3 miles.  luckily they had refreshing beer on draft for a certain sweaty runner (Ryan)

I know the summer is winding down for some folks but keep these tips in mind the next time a vacation is planned.  always pack those running shoes ... you'll be glad you ran a few miles.

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