Even though I am not technically sticking to a training schedule of any type right now (meaning I don't have a coach or calendar telling me exactly how many miles to run a day and at what pace), I still feel like I have a pretty good routine going on. My overall goal is to try and run 4 days a week (normally Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday), with another day for strength training, one day for cross training (normally biking, but if I work up the courage to get into the pool it could be swimming), and "rest" at least one day a week.
So when things come up - like camping, for example - what is a girl to do?!
Well, first, I need to be OKAY with a little extra rest. Often I think I have an "issue" with rest because I guilt myself into thinking I am being lazy. Rest DOES NOT equal laziness (at least not all the time), it means giving your body the opportunity to heal and recoup so it can grow stronger! An extra rest day once in a while (especially if your body is craving it) will NOT make or break your training cycle (in fact, it might even do more good than harm).
Next, switch it up! Just because my long runs are normally on Fridays, doesn't mean they MUST be on Fridays. Since we will be out of town from Thursday until Sunday, I decided I would try and get my long run in earlier in the week. My work schedule on Monday didn't have me starting until 4pm, so I figured why not get in my double digit run earlier in the week?! I know it felt weird, but I have to say, although it was out of the norm, I know I will feel better going into the weekend knowing my long run is out of the way and I wasn't missing it or having to try to fit it into our trip.
Another option is to plan ahead. I have already Google mapped the campground to see potential running routes. Ryan has been to the area before and mentioned the main roads aren't the safest to run on, so if I am going to run, I should probably run IN the campground. Well, after checking it out, it looks like I can safely (and easily) get in a 1 mile loop. So I will be packing my running shoes and if the temperatures aren't that insane (the highs are in the triple digits, so I won't be running in the heat of the day, but maybe I can get in a few early morning miles), I will go out for a run or two. Hubby even said he might join me for a couple loops if he is feeling up for it ;)
JUST GET ACTIVE! If you have been around here for a while, you can probably tell the hubby and I don't sit still for long. We are normally on the go (and love it, for the most part :)). Just because I may not be running while we are camping, that doesn't mean we are sitting on our booties' the whole time (although sometimes that is just what the doctor orders). For example, last year Ryan went to Barbados for a photo shoot with work and I was fortunate enough to meet him there once they were done so he and I could have a little vacation. Although I wasn't running (I mean, have you tried to run on those roads or in that insane humidity before?! CRAY-CRAY!) as much as I was originally hoping for, we did make sure to get out and snorkel every day and try to walk around to explore the area as much as possible.
|Water is normally NOT my jam, but when I am looking at the pretty fish|
I tend to forget about all of the scary things that could eat me...
|Exploring an old sugar cane plantation|
Sure, it may not be your typical workout, but getting in some activity is better than nothing (and shoot, planks can be done just about anywhere!). And don't you worry your pretty little head, we already have a few hikes planned for this weekend, so we won't be sitting stagnate for long :)
So, if you didn't get the hint yet, we are heading up north for a camping trip this weekend (and I guess you can say this was my way of working through the anxiety I have about missing a few workouts - I mean this blog is mostly just my way of "talking" out loud and working through issues, right?).
But just because we won't be in town, doesn't mean you can avoid the blog... I have some pretty awesome things lined up (including a GIVEAWAY and two guest blog posts) - so make sure to check back and check back OFTEN!
Do you normally stay active on your vacations?