So my posts are still trickling in slowly—I just haven’t gotten 100% back into real-life mode yet. Denial? Probably.
Despite my best intentions to keep up my mileage during our vacations in May, I only ran 94.35 miles (lowest this year by 30+ miles) and gained 7+ pounds. Oops?
As a runner, I can’t deny that a huge chunk of my trip excitement came from being able to run and explore a new location. It’s boring to run the same route every week. I packed both my road and trail shoes, and planned on busting out 30-40 miles. I even wrote about ways to stay active on vacation earlier in May.
But when I got to California, vacation-brain kicked in. I was active every day, but I didn’t bring my Garmin or skip out on family time to log some long runs. I walked, I hiked, I ran, I carried my nephews around, but I didn’t even come close to my mileage goal. I’m not training for anything at the moment, so there wasn’t a real point in being strict with my schedule.
At first I was frustrated—especially when my new shorts didn’t fit anymore. But then I embraced taking things down a notch and enjoying myself.
I’m now a big fan of taking a training—but not necessarily running—break while on vacation. Here are my top benefits:
- You can wake up, lace up your shoes, and go until you feel like stopping
- You don’t feel guilty stopping for photo ops
- Your pace is dictated by the scenery
- You can sit on the beach mid-run until you get your fill of the waves
- You can intentionally run past Starbucks, grab a drink, and walk back to home base
- You can nail a timed mile because your legs are fresh
- You can heckle road runners on their first trail run
- You can practice being a future running mommy
- You can use the vacation as a reset button—remember that you run because you love it, not because your schedule says so
Do you schedule breaks in your training? When?