Traveling is not an excuse to not be able to workout. Regardless of why you are away from home (business or pleasure?), it doesn’t hurt to pack those sneakers and some running gear.
Scenario 1: Traveling for business
Earlier last year I went to Pasadena, CA for a business trip. I was in the midst of training for the More Magazine / Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon at the time (which is awesome so you should totally register!) and I didn’t want to fall behind since I was going to be away for four days. What did I do? I packed workout gear for four days! I was planning to do my runs outside since, well, it’s California and the weather is great in March, but I also confirmed with the hotel that there was a fitness center. Another great thing hotels will do is have a handout with different running paths. If not, I’m sure the concierge will be able to give you some tips. Anyway, it was great to meet up with my co-workers at breakfast and talk about my morning run. Your teammates will think you’re so accomplished and motivated.
Scenario 2: Traveling for pleasure
What better way to see the city you are visiting than by running it?! When I was in Montreal a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to get a long run in. Unfortunately, when I first looked at the weather report it said small chance of snow flurries and then I woke up to a heavy snow storm. I had a great run planned to see other parts of the city, which I wouldn’t have had time to fit in any way. This weekend I’ll be going to Chicago. I have a 14 mile planned along the water and am hoping the wind doesn’t break me!
Scenario 3: Traveling FOR a run
I’m definitely going to need to do this sometime this year. There are some great destination runs out there that I would love to participate in. Great weather and somewhere new. Sign me up!
Either way, pack some gear and get ready to run! Here are a few ways you can prepare:
- Check to see if the hotel has a fitness center. Double-check the hours to make sure you can get a workout in before your business meeting or if the weather restricts you to the indoors.
- Ask the concierge or your host if they know of any easy running paths or could recommend a safe route.
- MapMyRun.com, doh! See what other people have done before you or map a run yourself.
- Check the weather! It may be better/worse when you actually arrive, but I’ve now learned to prepare for the worst, hope for the best :)
Have you done a destination run? How do you prepare for training and traveling schedules?