Over the next couple months I have the privilege of traveling to Florida, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Oregon. While each trip varies in length and purpose, one of the first things that crosses my mind as I prepare for travel is: will I get to run?
As someone who loves to travel, I am accustomed to being away from home; however, this enjoyment is not free from anxiety regarding how I will maintain my training. Although I used to struggle with how to pack and navigate an unpredictable routine, I can now travel with confidence knowing my running will occur without undue stress.
When it comes to travel, destination, purpose and length of the trip largely dictate whether running will be an issue. For many, time away is the perfect opportunity for a break in training, but for those who travel on a normal basis, travel can pose a significant barrier to regular running. Many factors can impact training, but lack of preparation should not be one of them. Successful running while traveling begins with a well-planned suitcase; here is how I approach packing:
When it comes to running while traveling, packing appropriately is the easiest barrier to overcome. The better prepared you are, the more likely you are to stay calm about needing to adjust your training routine. While we do not always choose to travel, running in a new environment should not be seen as a point of stress but rather an opportunity to be creative and possibly explore a new area. This may mean using a treadmill or doing laps in the hotel’s neighboring industrial park, but ultimately running is a choice not a requirement.
Aside from packing, one of the best ways to approach running on the road is to evaluate your training schedule ahead of time. If your travel is for a vacation, opt to plan that week as an down week so you do not feel pressure to run. If you are a business traveler, attempt to accomplish your long or intense runs prior to your trip.
Ultimately, running is an extremely flexible sport that can be accomplished nearly anywhere at any time. As long as you pack appropriately you will be ready to throw on your shoes and run whenever time permits, even if it means skipping family nap time at the hotel. Happy traveling!