It's time for another set of tips and tricks from the one and only Mr. Jeff Galloway! This post comes at the PERFECT time... when everyone seems to be getting ready to head out on a summer vacation (or three)! I'll be the first to admit it, lately a lot of our vacations have been racecations (vacations based around a race), but in case that isn't the game plan, Jeff has some great suggestions on how to still get in your runs while on vacay. And, just a little tidbit of my opinion before we jump into the wise words of Jeff, I truly believe that the best way to see a new area is to RUN it, so no matter how you do it, lace up those shoes and head out to explore!
Vacation Run Secrets
When you’re camping and near a lake and/or mountains. Drive around the campground area to find suitable running/trail areas. Plan a group hike each day. Appoint yourself the “lookout”. Walk ahead of the group for a few minutes and then run ahead for a minute or two, and run back. Repeat this routine throughout the hike. Even short segments of running, during a 1-2 hour hike, will maintain your running adaptations very well.
On a road trip, taking frequent “pit stops”. Wear your running gear on the trip. If it is safe to run or walk at your rest area, walk for 1-2 minutes as a warmup and then run for 5-10 minutes. Repeat this pattern until the group is ready to load up. If it is a food stop, get your meal “to go” and spend the time running.
When you’re on a trip that’s based around a theme park. Many of the hotels in areas like Disneyworld, have designated areas for running. In some cases you can run to the parks. Ask the hotel staff for recommended routes. Each evening, gather the family and plan your park visit for the next day. This allows for you to find a timeslot to squeeze in a run. As you mention how you are planning your run, you'll teach the kids how important your exercise is, for you.
When you’re on a sightseeing city tour. Time is limited during most sightseeing tours but you can usually squeeze in a few minutes here and there. Wear running clothes or very comfortable apparel with running shoes. When the bus stops, keep walking around while looking at the sights or listening to the guide. If time allows before reboarding, jog for a minute or two.
A home-based vacation. If possible, arrange with another family member to watch the kids while you run. Then, offer that person a chance to get away for a while while you stay with kids. Early morning is often a great time to get in your runs. Plan trips to local parks (that you seldom visit) where you can run and walk with the family.
Note: Olympian Jeff Galloway has coached hundreds of thousands of runners to their goals. For more information, see his books GALLOWAY TRAINING PROGRAMS and MARATHON—you can do it! Ask Jeff a question at www.JeffGalloway.com
I think my favorite tip Jeff mentioned was the one for road trips. We have an 'Adventure Mobile' and have been trying to do a few more camping trips lately. When traveling with a larger group sometimes those stops can become a little longer than we may normally make on our own, so running during those pit stops (and then eating in the vehicle) is a great idea that I've never even pondered before! I'll make sure to report how it works out if I give it a go!
|One of my fave pictures from our last racecation we took to the Big Sur Marathon|
Are there any tips you would add?