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Tips & Tricks for Summer Running (with Video)

When it comes to summer running, it seems like there are two camps of runners: those of us that don’t mind sweating and those that take their workouts indoors and jump on a treadmill.

Honestly, I don’t understand why anyone would be pro-treadmill, but that’s a topic for another day.

If you’re planning to do your summer running outdoors, whether you’re training for a fall race or just getting some miles in, make sure you’re being smart and making wise decisions.

As I’ve talked about before, heat injuries can go from annoying to life threatening in a blink of the eye, so keep the signs and symptoms top of mind at all times. But as long as you’re not doing anything foolish, hard training in the summer can lead to huge gains in the fall!

Which Camp of Summer Runner are You? Why?

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Do You Run When You’re on Vacation?

To me, going for a run when you’re on vacation is one of the best parts of going on a vacation!

Last year when I went to podcast movement, I made sure to go for a run with no idea where I was going. I just went, got a little lost, and eventually found my way back for the conference.

And it was awesome.

I’m looking forward to some more travels in the not too distant future, and you can bet I’ll be packing my running shoes.

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My Suitcase Before a Typical Vacation

I might even bring the tripods for an idea I’ve been kicking around for my YouTube channel, but I’ll keep those thoughts to myself for now.

Anyway, I saw an article written by Jen Miller where she shares some tips and tricks that she has learned while running on a variety of vacations over the years and I thought I’d share it with you.

This article originally appeared on the philly.com blog.

Now that we’ve crossed the Memorial Day line into summer, vacations are coming around the bend. That means sleeping in, going someplace else, and trying to stay away from your email.

For a lot of us, that also means running.

Or does it?

When I go on vacation, I try to run where I’m at, and take in new sights/terrains/trails while I’m at it. I don’t really run for distance or time – I become a running tourist to see the best that the area has to offer.

But not every vacation run is the same. Here are some tips for different kinds of vacation-popular running environments:

1. Down the shore

Two big differences about shore running from home running is that there’s almost no shade, and the road can be very crowded, especially in popular routes with slow moving bikes. As for the shade, run early or late, or wear a hat or visor (I don’t like sunglasses because they fog up, and my visor keeps the sun off my face).

As for the crowds, avoid the boardwalks during peak bike time (most towns allow bikes on in the mornings only), and on main driving streets, like Dune Drive in Avalon and Stone Harbor, and the Ocean Drive in Sea Isle. Usually, bay-front streets will be less crowded because you won’t be competing with the crowd itching to get to the water. Bonus, though, if you can jump into the ocean when you’re done to cool off.

2. In the mountains

Mountain running can be glorious, but running at elevation can zap your breath out of your lungs before you even get started. Either plan a shorter than at-home run, or know you’ll be taking some walk breaks to catch your breath. Also, carrying water when you may not otherwise will help deal with elevation changes too. I don’t use trail shoes when running on trails here, but I bought a pair after my first run in North Carolina because the paths were harder to navigate. If you find your shoes lacking, locate the local running store. If they’re near hills and mountains, they’ll have plenty of trail shoes in stock.

3. In the heat

Headed to Florida for your family trip this year to see a certain mouse? Expect our region’s usual summer heat and humidity – but worse. The same rule about sun coverage at the Jersey Shore applies, and you may want to tack on sports sun block if you don’t already use it since the sun is stronger down South. Running before the sun comes up or after it goes down, and carrying water, will also make things a little less uncomfortable. I can’t stand hydration belts, so I go with a Nathan bottle that wraps around my hand (plus I carry cash in case I need to stop for a refill).

4. In a foreign country.

When I’ve run in Rome and Vancouver (yes Canada is a foreign country), I ran with a paper map in hand. Both times, my hotel had them for free at their concierge desks. With a paper map, I didn’t drain the out of state data packages I’d bought before I left the U.S., and I could see what main, big tourist attractions I could run to from my hotel. For both cities, I took a long walk before starting a run. It helped me learn the local running etiquette, like in Vancouver where parks have separate paved lanes for people on wheels and people on foot. In Rome, I knew that streets were narrow and motorcycles tended to zip around traffic, which kept me on sidewalks.

Now my question for you is: do you consider time off from work time off from running? Or time to explore something new? Or a little bit of both?

I’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts to the Questions at the End of the Post. Are You a Vacation Runner?

Lessons I Learned After My First Marathon-A Guest Post

Earlier this week, one of the members of our Facebook “Tribe” shared some of his thoughts after completing his first marathon recently.

I loved his post, and asked him if I could share it here, because I think there are plenty of valuable takeaways for anyone running their first half or full marathon.

So, here are Stephen’s takeaways after his first foray into the land of 26.2.

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Keys to Improve as a Runner

4 Key Components to Improve as a Runner

When it comes to reaching new running goals, many runners think they need to be running more, running longer, or running faster. Or all of the above.

And if that’s your focus, I guarantee you are not maximizing your potential as a runner and are making it more difficult to achieve your goals.

Contrary to popular belief, becoming a better runner requires much more than just #running. Click To Tweet

If you are serious about the desire to improve as a runner, and stay injury free at the same time, here are the 4 key components that need to be a part of any training plan that you will be following if you really want to  to improve as a runner.

Keys to Improve as a Runner

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What They Don’t Tell You About WDW Marathon Weekend

I can still remember back to 2010, the year I ran my first runDisney race–the full marathon during the WDW Marathon Weekend.

I remember going to the expo, feeling completely lost but eventually finding my way to get my bib and race shirt, before literally reading every word that was written about what to do on the morning of the race.

After running the race, however, I realized there were quite a few things that they didn’t tell me about making the most of out of the WDW Marathon Weekend and some of what they did say was complete BS.

I’m taking this year’s WDW Marathon Weekend off, but having run either the full or the half in each of the past 4 years, I’ve got a pretty good handle on what one needs to do in order to successfully navigate the expo, get to the starting line, finish the race, and enjoy the parks afterward.

If you’re running any of the WDW Marathon Weekend races this year, I hope this helps and that you have a great race.

And if you’re running the full on Sunday, there’s a pretty good chance I’ll be watching outside of the Studios. Look for the beard and make sure to say hi!