It’s one thing to run on your home turf. Your stuff is there, there’s no way to be left unprepared. Running on vacation? Now that takes some planning. You have to bring #allthethings including clothing options for different weather. You have to have plenty of podcasts already downloaded, or have wifi available (side note: do people download things on data? Cause maybe I’m just cheap). And besides all the planning, you have to actually drag yourself out of bed early when there’s no work to be done and no alarms going off and actually put one foot in front of the other. That takes some dedication.
I have definitely done the dance of packing the capris, tanks, sports bras, arm warmers, gear belts, water packs, and then….nada. Ignored the clock and told myself I was walking more than I do on a normal day anyway and what’s one week with little red dots on my Training Peaks profile?
Well, this long weekend was different. Our fam was road-tripping (like we do) to Niagara Falls, which is about an 8 hour drive from our place in Indy. And it all just clicked this week: the hotel in Mentor, OH was in a nice little area and the front desk lady assured me it was safe to run so I got a good 5-miler in before breakfast. Then after a long day visiting the Falls, the boys were going to go to the hotel pool, and I decided it made NO SENSE to NOT run: we were smack-dab in the middle of Niagara Falls State Park with plenty of paved trails and it was 50 degrees and why not? Boom, 5 more miles. (side note: my watch went nuts and said I was running a 1:58 min/mile for a few minutes, so bank error in my favor?)
I don’t always succeed in running on vacation, but I always want to. That counts, right? There’s something satisfying in feeling like you’ve seen a city on foot. Like, I know this place a little better because I saw it at 7am when most people were still asleep.
What about you? Are weekend getaways time for a break? Or time for running?