The Casual Runner

Top 10 Tips: Running on Vacation

Summer is in full swing, which means it is time for summer vacation!

Many Casual Runners are packing up the family roadsters, ready to embark on a fun-filled and much-needed vacation with their family. Which means that they are also looking forward to some time APART from their families. Did I say that? OK, lets be honest, we all love our families, and we love travelling with them, but sometimes we just need a little bit of “me time” away from them, especially when we travel together. That is why being a Casual Runner is perfect, it is a built-in excuse to duck out for an hour or so each day to recharge our batteries and put us in the best mental position to enjoy the rest of our time with our family.

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So, you decided that you will run on this year’s vacation. We are here to help you out with our top 10 tips for running while on vacation.

10. Pack as though you mean to run.  If you think you have even the slightest hint that you may want to run on vacation, pack as though you WILL run on vacation. The last thing you want is to get to your destination and not have the right running gear, and then either have a serious case of FOMO or even injure yourself because you made do with running the beach in flip flops. If space in your suitcase is limited, consider some dual-purpose running gear (tech fabrics, shorts, sports bra, comfy running shoes, whatever) that you can also use for other activities on your vacation.

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9. Don’t over-do it. I once met a Casual Runner on a Disney Cruise Line Vacation who ran 14 miles on a treadmill because she wanted to keep up with her marathon training program. She told me that she was absolutely miserable doing it (she hates treadmills too) and that she was wrecked for the rest of the day. Its your vacation, which means it is OK to depart from your training schedule for the week, especially if a long training run means you will be too exhausted to do anything else the rest of the day. The key is to run enough to maintain your cardio fitness without over-doing it and ruining your vacation.

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8. Pick a new path. The best part about running while on vacation is that it is often the best way to explore a new place.  So don’t be afraid to just go out and run and try exploring new paths every day you go out.

Check out some fun stories of Casual Running while on vacation from fun locations such as Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Germany, Key West, Florida, Ontario, Canada, Texas, and the United Kingdom. You can also check out our Top 10 Tips for Cruise Vacations and our Top 10 Tips for Taking a Disney Cruise Line Vacation.  

7. A little planning goes a long way. BUT, be smart when you explore. It is always a good idea to ask locals for some tips about where you should go, and, even more importantly, where you should NOT go. Taking advantage of some local knowledge will help keep you safe by keeping you out of bad areas.

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6. Bring your phone. Even if you do not normally run with a phone, it is a good idea, especially when running in new places, to bring your phone with you. You never know if your exploring may take you a little too far away from your hotel or condo, and you may need to call a family member for a ride back or summon an Uber. Not to mention its always helpful, when running in a new place, to be able to pull up a map to find your way back if you get lost (not that THAT would ever happen to anyone!).

5. Enjoy the scenery. Even if you are one to normally be solely focused on the run itself, take a moment to enjoy the sights and sounds of you vacation destination, after all, you chose to travel there. Maybe slow your normal pace a bit, or even allow yourself to stop and take a picture or two along the way, you will be glad that you did.

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4. Include the family. I know, I said at the top that running would be your momentary break from your family, but if your family or friends want to be your running buddy along the way, welcome them to do so. Casual Running is always better with a buddy, especially if you are lucky enough that your running buddy is your special someone. If your children or niece/nephew want to join you for part of your run, welcome them. While you may not get the full cardio benefits you want, it will make for an enjoyable bonding experience as you pass your love of Casual Running along to the next generation.

3. Respect Recovery. So you just completed a run in the heat or maybe at a higher altitude or with more hills than you are used to running, now it is time to respect your needed recovery period. Use this time to relax by the pool or the beach. You earned it!

2. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Even if you are not partaking in adult beverages while on vacation, summer months and vacation destinations most likely mean higher temperatures than you are used to. So make sure you are well-hydrated before, during, and after your run…and yes, we mean with water. The adult beverages can wait until you are poolside.

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1. Have Fun! Don’t forget that, no matter what, make sure you have fun. That, after all, is what Casual Running is all about!

Check out some fun stories of Casual Running while on vacation from fun locations such as Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Germany, Key West, Florida, Ontario, Canada, Texas, and the United Kingdom. You can also check out our Top 10 Tips for Cruise Vacations and our Top 10 Tips for Taking a Disney Cruise Line Vacation.  

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Enjoy the freedom of going wherever your feet, imagination, & determination take you!

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Enjoy the freedom of going wherever your feet, imagination, & determination take you!

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