Working out on vacation:
With NYC Marathon training underway, I knew I’d have to keep up my training during my beachy Montauk vacation. Sunday evening, while relaxing out on the deck with an amazing view of the ocean, I looked at what Jess, my coach, had scheduled for the next few days.
- Monday - Rest!
- I yelped for joy when I saw I had a full rest day on my schedule. Monday included an early morning walk followed by lots and lots of sunny goodness.
- Tuesday - 15 minute warm-up, 30 minutes at tempo, 15 minute cool down
- Seeing as I needed approximately 6 miles worth of road that wouldn’t get me lost, we went down to Montauk Highway. I ran 30 minutes towards the lighthouse and then turned around. This essentially ended up with the first 30 minutes being straight up the most absurd hills I’ve ever run in my life. I earned every ounce of my midday margarita… or was it a John Daly on Tuesday? Hmm.
- Wednesday – 4 easy miles plus a strength workout
- HA! Apparently, an easy run cannot be had in Montauk. I ran 2 miles down to Gosman’s Dock and I swear it was uphill the entire time… and then when I turned around, I swear I ran uphill the whole way back. I don’t know how that’s even possible but my lovely walking companions agreed with me so I know I’m not loony toons… even though that may also be true.
Luckily, I remembered my tips for running hills and kept repeating to myself that all this hard work is going to pay off come November. It definitely wasn’t easy to get myself mentally psyched to complete any of these workouts. Add on top of that the fact that every workout was exponentially more challenging because of the hills and you had one unhappy
camper beach-goer. But I got every workout done… and damn if I didn’t feel fantastic afterward.
If you’re heading on vacation, here are some tips to help you stay active while away:
- The later you wait to get a workout in, the more likely you are to talk yourself out of it or not find the time. Wake up just a little bit earlier before all the fun starts and get sweaty! It makes all the vacation food and drink taste that much better.
Do activities that double as workouts.
- Walk on the beach, go on a hike, play volleyball, swim, whatever! Plan something with your friends/family that is also active and get in your workout in a different way.
Tell the people you’re with.
- This matters a whole lot. Tell the people you’re with that you’d like to get some workouts in. This way, your friends/family are aware of what you’d like to accomplish and you may even get someone who wants to join you. While I didn’t have anyone run with me this past week in Montauk, I did have walking company on those roads while I ran ahead.
- Working out shouldn’t feel stressful. Some days you may have time for a solid workout and other days you may need to adjust a workout or skip it altogether. Do what you can and enjoy your vacation. Do not beat yourself up over a missed workout.
Each day after I completed my workout, I was rewarded with sun, outdoor drinking, and the chance to do one of my favorite summer activities (and a summer bucket list item!).
BUCKET LIST ITEM: Read on the beach.
- WHERE: Montauk, NY
- WHAT: Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins
I started this book on the beach on Monday and had it completed by the time I got back to Manhattan Wednesday evening so I obviously enjoyed it. There is very little that is more relaxing in life than one’s feet in the sand, a book in their hand, and the sound of ocean waves crashing in the background.
While my next vacation won’t be nearly as relaxing, I’m very excited to head out to the west coast in two weeks. These toes wanna touch the Pacific Ocean and this heart needs a fix of the happiest place on earth.
Where are you vacationing this summer?