In the mean time, I wanted to talk about fitting in exercise while on vacation or in my case, on a honeymoon.
I ran almost every day while in St. Lucia except for the day we arrived and the one day we had an early morning excursion trip planned. So for the duration of the trip, we were there for about 8 days, of which I exercised for 6.
Now if I had kids and went on vacation, I do not know how I would have fit in exercising, but since it was just me and Brian it was a bit easier. We of course wanted to spend time together so we went to the hotel gym together. Just 30-45 minutes a day and we got a decent workout in which made eating a ton of junk food the rest of day seem not so bad.
Each morning whenever we woke up, we would change into workout clothes and head to the little gym. A quick workout and then we were off to breakfast before lounging all day at the pool. Before I left I came up with a few easy workouts that I used during the trip to help maintain my speed but not take up a ton of time. It was definitely a bit different running on the treadmill after running outside consistently but I actually didn't mind it too much.
Easy Vacation workouts:
- 1 mile warmup, 2.5 miles at tempo pace, 0.5 mile cool down, total = 4 miles
- 1 mile warmup, 5x800m at tempo pace w/ 400m jog recovery, 0.25 mile cool down, total = 5 miles
- 1 mile warmup, 2x2000m at tempo pace, 0.5 mile cool down, total = 4 miles
Three good tempo paced workouts, with easy runs sprinkled in between to help recovery. Keeping it simple was definitely the way to go - maintaining a focus of just trying to fit in ~4 miles each day didn't make the workout seem overwhelming or too time consuming. I am definitely glad I was able to get some good workouts in while on vacation.
I really wish I could have run outside while in St. Lucia! It definitely is a VERY hilly island which could have been fun to explore or maybe not - I don't really like hills anyway!
Do you run while on vacation? Or do you just take the time off from all exercise?