Training Tips Tuesday #31: Running on Vacation

I’m heading out on another camping vacation later this week and this time, I will be bringing along running clothes! We’re going to our usual campground with my family so I know there’s places to run and it’s more of a relaxing trip than our June trip up north. Because of this, I wanted to share some quick tips for running when on vacation.

Take safety seriously

You should always be taking safety seriously but it’s really important when running on vacation. Make sure someone knows when and where you are running just in case something happens. I always use the RoadID app so Mike can track my runs just in case.

Stay hydrated

I didn’t do a great job of this while I was camping last year and I could tell the difference it made on my long run once I got back (18 mile long run and I started having leg cramps at mile 15). Of course, enjoy yourself but make sure you are getting water in at the same time! It will also help you keep energy levels up to have fun on vacation.

Run in the morning

As always, I find it easiest to get things done if I do them first thing. Get out for your run earlier in the morning and then you don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day!

Don’t stress it

You don't’ have as much control over when (or if) you can run on vacation as you do at home. You might have to move your run to a different day or skip it all together. But don’t worry about it, a skipped run won’t ruin your training (and the extra rest might even be helpful)!

Don’t forget to share your tips for running while on vacation in the comments!

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Weekly Running Report June 18-24

This week was a break from what I’ve been doing for almost the last month. I went trail running for the first time and we also went camping up north. Let’s get into it!

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Monday, June 18

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I had another killer full-body strength training workout using the NTC app followed by spin class. I was exhausted by the end which wasn’t too surprising since Sunday’s run was so hot and I still worked out hard Monday night.

Tuesday, June 19

4 miles ~ 43:39 ~ 10:53 min/mile

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I took it pretty easy on this since I was feeling tight from my previous workouts. It felt good to get moving right away in the morning (even though it was drizzling). However, I haven’t been doing the best job of foam rolling or stretching so I was so sore by noon. I did a 40 minute Runners Love Yoga video after work which helped but I could tell I’m not as flexible as I have been in the past.

Wednesday, June 20

4 miles ~ 44:02 ~ 10:58 min/mile

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Another gorgeous morning run, perfect temperature and no rain at all this time! I was still feeling pretty sore so I tried to take it easy and listen to my body. I also made sure to get some foam rolling in after my run which made a big difference for the rest of the day. I was still sore but it wasn’t as horrible feeling as Tuesday.

Thursday, June 21

4 miles ~ 46:29 ~ 11:35 min/mile

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The first day of summer and my first trail run! I did an entire post about this if you’d like to hear more. But I loved it and it felt really good (no soreness at all). I stopped at the gym on my way to pick up groceries for camping so I could do a core workout and a little bit of stretching.

Friday, June 22

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I was originally thinking about doing a run Friday morning because I wasn’t going to be running while we were camping this time. But when I woke up, I was feeling a little bit sore so I decided it would be better to do a yoga video and take Vinnie on a long walk. It’s at least a four hour car ride to where we are camping and I didn’t want to be sore because I chose to run versus taking it easier on my body.

Saturday, June 23

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Our full day of camping and we got some hiking in! Vinnie and I walked a little bit of the trails right by the campground while Mike cleaned up from breakfast. Then we headed out to Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota. We got a little bit less than a mile into the seven mile round-trip hike and decided to turn back around. It was really buggy and Vinnie was getting attacked pretty bad. Instead we hiked on the trails at the campground which had no bugs and was still fun!

Sunday, June 24

3 miles ~ 33:16 ~ 11:02 min/mile

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We got a short hike into Lake Superior before heading back home. I was itching to get out and moving after sitting in the car four over four hours so after we unpacked the car, I changed and got out for a quick run. It wasn’t my best feeling run (which is to be expected after not eating like I normally do and drinking less water than I do at home) but it felt good to get moving!
 

I loved all the fun I had this week and cutting back my running to have a great vacation! Next week I’m getting back to my normal running schedule but I’m already thinking about our next hike (and my next trail run).

Returning to those taper blues

When I was tapering for the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon, I got hit by the taper blues hard. It was a month into blogging here so of course I wrote a post about it. And now, a year later, those similar taper blues are here again.

I had a lot of anxiety leading up to the Twin Cities Marathon but I’m not feeling as anxious this time around. With one marathon under my belt, I have a much better idea of what the race is going to feel like once I get past mile 20. And my training has been going excellent and I’ve been running faster than during Twin Cities Marathon training so I’m more than confident in reaching my 4:45 goal.

I still have soem anxiety but it feels much more managable. And it's mainly because this is the first race we are traveling for and I keep thinking I'm goign to forgot something. So I'm listening to lots of pdocasts about race day mentality and mental toughness plus already starting on my packing lists.

But one thing I’m feeling is just pent up energy this time around. And I haven’t even cut back my mileage that drastically yet! I’m pretty sure it’s because we’ve been stuck inside so long and it’s finally nice outside. So I just want to be outside and doing something physical instead of sitting at a computer.

On the bright side, with the weather being warm and much nicer outside, I can take advantage of little breaks to step away and get outside. Plus I’m  using part of my lunch hour to take a walk around work. These will really help me out mentally and physically while tapering to get outside and get moving. Vinnie and I are also taking much longer walks in the morning and after work.

Are you tapering for a race right now too? Let me know in the comments what problems you find pop up during your tapers and how you deal with them!

How I'm planning a race-cation

We are just about a month out from the Eau Claire Marathon and this is my first race-cation! I did run a half outside of the Cities but it was in my hometown so we stayed with my parents. Since I normally race around the Twin Cities, here’s some things I’ve been keeping in mind while planning this trip.

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  • How long we are going to stay

Since Eau Claire is less than two hours away, we could have just done a one night stay. I even know people who are driving from the Twin Cities area on race morning. But, since the marathon is exactly a week before our one year wedding anniversary (last year I also raced a week before the wedding), we decided to stay two nights. As long as we are visiting (and I’m running a marathon) we might as well make it into a long weekend!

  • Where we are staying

There were several hotel options in Eau Claire but I was looking for a combination of several things:

  • Closeness to the race
  • Amenities (especially continental breakfast and a fridge/microwave)

  • Price

We decided on a Best Western Plus that’s just over 2 miles from the start/finish (perfect so that it’s easy to get the start plus get back to shower after) and got a king bed with whirlpool in suite (which I will take full advantage of) that has a fridge and microwave in the room! Perfect for having my post-race oatmeal (and coffee because I’m bringing along the French Press).

  • What to do with Vinnie

As much as Vinnie loves race spectating (he’s gone to most of my races), it’s just too much to take him to a marathon and find someplace that’s dog-friendly. Plus not taking Vinnie along means Mike and I can head out to a restaurant or the race expo without worrying about him. We originally were going to board Vinnie at Now Boarding (our go-to boarding place that Vinnie loves since he gets group play every day) but Mike’s parents offered to take him. Which is great because he gets spoiled there (and can play with their dog) plus it saves us some money.

  • Where to eat

Normally, I cook my own dinner before a race so I know exactly what I’m having. So I’m still trying to figure out where we are going to eat for dinner after the expo just based on what won’t cause problems with my stomach. We probably will end up going to a chain restaurant.

Post-race is a whole other experience. We’ll be stopping at a donut truck right after the race because as soon as I saw there was going to be one at the finish line I knew I’d want one! Then, after I shower and foam roll, we are going to the Milwaukee Burger Company for burgers, beer and cheese curds.

  • What to bring

I’m already working on my packing list (and will be having a post up about that) since I don't’ want to miss anything. Some things I can probably get in town or at the race expo but I don’t want to wake up on Sunday morning to discover I didn’t pack my Flipbelt and socks. Because that’s just what I would do without a list.

If you  have any race-cation experience, give me all your tips in the comments!