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Running on holiday – do you pack your trainers or have a break?
Having a break from running for a week or two won’t result in a drop in performance – you may even benefit for the rest. However, I’ve enjoyed running when on holiday – it can be a great way to see more of an area and to experience a different aspect of your holiday location.
1. Do some research before you go. If you are in the UK, see if there’s a WRN group you could run with or a parkrun. Websites like Map My Run have routes posted by other runners all over the world. Check forums on the Runners World website & other running sites for info and inspiration. If you are planning to run to keep up a training schedule, find out if there’s a treadmill available.
2. Ask around. Resort reps, hotel staff and villa/campsite owners may help to plan routes. They may know other runners or local running groups that can also help you – or who could run with. They will also be able to advise on local risks you may not be used to (e.g. midges, crazy dogs, bears....).
3. Be aware of your personal safety. Ideally, run with somebody else. Do ensure that someone knows where you are going & what time you’ll be back. Assess your route carefully as you run and be prepared to change it or even cut it short if you don’t feel safe. Turn down your iPod so that you can hear what’s going on around you. Carry a charged mobile and have a piece of paper on you with your name & emergency telephone number.
4. Run for the conditions. If you are somewhere warm, avoid running in the heat of the day – go early or late – and ensure that you are hydrated. If it’s hillier than you are used to, take it at an easy pace.
5. Don’t expect a PB! Set a realistic distance target and enjoy the scenery – aim for a run that will be part of the holiday, not a chore.
My favourite holiday run was in Vancouver – along the coast to Stanley Park on a sunny morning with amazing views despite suffering from jet lag! How about you?