Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Traveling Runner

It's finally summer! Well, technically it's June and that's summer in my book :-)

While most people look forward to a relaxing summer season, my summer is jam-packed with travel almost every weekend; and not just for races. In the past two weeks alone, Matthew and I have been in the Bahamas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. We've attended one graduation, one surprise birthday party (my 30th), four theme parks, and two weddings.

Congratulations to my "little" brother, Adam!

Princess candles on my 30th birthday cake. My family knows me well.

Beautiful bride and awesome groom #1!

HersheyPark happy!

Beautiful bride and awesome groom #2!

In the next eight weeks, we'll be in Boston, Buffalo, DC, North Carolina, Virginia, the Pocono Mountains, and Baltimore. Some of these trips are work-related, some are just for fun- but all will require renewed commitment to running.

So, how can we stay on track with our training (and eating) throughout a busy summer? By being as creative and flexible as possible!

Tips for Summer Travel Running:
  • Look for local races where you'll be traveling. Active.com is a great place to start- just search by location and date. We found Storm the Beach- an obstacle course we'll participate in while on vacation in North Carolina.
  • Pack your running clothes and schedule in some runs. No matter where you're going or what you're doing, you can find a half hour to get a quick run in to stay on track with your training. This might mean sacrificing some sleep- Matthew and I get up early to run while we're on vacation with family. Don't forget to check out the local weather forecast to make sure you pack the right running gear for your trip.
  • Research. Look up local running clubs or running stores- they usually have information about group runs or great local routes/trails.
  • Tap into the power of social media. Use your networks to find friends living in the area you are traveling to and ask them about local running. Better yet, ask them to join you for a run!
  • Pack your fuel. When traveling, it can be hard to keep your nutrition in check. Packing snacks is one way to control some of what you're eating. I like to pack Kind Bars and Weight Watcher 3-point bars- they come in handy when you're stuck in a car or in a plane for hours on end.
  • Set a goal. Make a tangible goal for each trip- for example, during our week at the beach, I want to run at least four times. You could set a goal based on mileage, frequency, duration, etc.

With these tips in mind, I look forward to having a blast traveling this summer while still working towards my running goals- Goofy Challenge training starts July 1st!

QOTD: How do you fit workouts into a busy or travel-heavy schedule?


  1. These are all great tips, Sarah! Having been out of town three of the five weekends in May, and knowing that I'll be out of town again this coming weekend, it hasn't been easy to keep up with my training schedule. But packing my running clothes and packing a concrete plan to get out and about while away from home has worked for the most part (this past weekend being the only exception). Bringing fuel and snacks that my body is already used to has also helped me to stay on track.

    1. Excellent, Kathryn! I love reading about your training updates- keep on rocking it! :-)

  2. Great tips, Sarah! If I am out of town visiting friends (for a wedding, bridal shower, bachelorette party, etc). I make a pact with them to go running one of the mornings we are together. Having a buddy helps me stay in check. When I go to the beach with my family I actually look forward to running because it's FLAT! Can't beat a flat run followed by jumping in the ocean :)

    1. Awesome plan, Morgan! And yes, beach running is one of my FAVORITE things in the world! :-)