Avoiding the Roadblocks of Running on Vacation

I obviously enjoy running enough to create a website, host a podcast, create daily content for the blog, help other runners with courses and coaching, and nerd out about anything running related every chance I get. 

One of my favorite running related things to do is run while I’m on vacation. And currently, I’m smack dab in the middle of a week long trip to visit my family up in Michigan. 

And as much as I’m looking forward to running while I’m up here, I’ve already been foiled by we eat things that are out of my control. 

And, as much as I don’t want to admit it, there are things that happen over the course of a vacation that can prevent you from doing what you want to do, and in my case, that’s running. 

Some of the challenges of running on vacation include:

  1. Plans You Didn’t Know You Had–When we got to my parents house, I learned that my week was pretty much all planned out already. Finding time to run suddenly became a bit trickier. 
  2. A New Bed–Seriously, every morning (so far) that I’ve woken up here I’ve felt worse than I did when I went to bed. Trying to sneak an early run in when I can’t stand up straight for the first hour or so after getting up is difficult. 
  3. Lack of a Routine–I like to think I’m not a planner, but in truth I need my routine. When I’m at home, I know that Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday I’m getting up early and running with friends. Monday is an easy run on my own, Wednesday is a yoga day, Friday is my day to run trails, and so on. Being on vacation means I don’t know what the hell is going on, and it makes it harder for an indecisive person like me to decide what to do with the little bit of time that hasn’t already beenallotted. 
  4. The Baby’s Routine is JACKED UP!–This obviously doesn’t apply to everyone, but Adi already doesn’t sleep very well. Combine that with a different bed, different sounds in the house, my dad that can’t hear and therefore shouts in casual conversation, and here daily routine being thrown out the window, and not only am I struggling to sleep because of the mattress but I’m also up a couple of times each night. 
  5. The Temptation to Be Lazy on Vacation–Let’s be honest, as much as I want/need to stick taround my training routine while I’m on vacation, I’m not eating as well, im getting worse sleep, im not doing as much physical activity (besides running), and I’m able to justify much of it by saying “I’m on vacation”. Of all the other hurdles I’m dealing with in terms of running right now, I’m the biggest one. 

How much running do you tend to do when you’re on vacation? And what hurdles do you struggle with the most? 

2 replies
  1. Jerome
    Jerome says:

    Hi Denny,
    Vacation is the worst time of year to be on a marathon plan…. unless you plan (negociate) your time for a run with your wife, you won’t get into your shoes or for a time zone so tiny that you don’t want to run only 30 minutes… the solution : run early in the morning before anyone in the house is awake and you could share a shower with the kids on your trip back. happy family time with a sweaty dads…
    Enjoy vacation and the short time out of your usual schedule, it will be back on track very soon.
    Keep on posting,
    Jerome

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    • Denny
      Denny says:

      Thanks! Thankfully this vacation fell smack dab in the middle of my taper, so I could run a few times but didn’t have to sacrifice vacation/family time for running time. Seemed like a pretty good mix, actually.

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