We went back to the Jersey shore last week (who’s buying me my second home down there, btw?) and loved every minute of it. Well, except for when the kids were fighting, but anyhow…the truth of the matter is that when I travel, my workouts/eating/daily life are different. Yes, I keep workouts up while on vacation but things just aren’t exactly as they are in the little bubble of a world that we all create at home. For me, these were the training truths of last week:
- I don’t care how early you get up, running in July on the E. Coast is hot and sunny. Holy cow is the sun unrelenting when you are running on the shore.
- As much as I try to mimic my normal eating habits, when I’m away there’s no getting around the fact that I’m not eating exactly as usual. Maybe it’s an age thing, but my body just craves getting back to normal. Hello green smoothies!
- There’s nothing better than a cold bottle of water eight miles into a hot 14-miler. Nothing.
- A strong headwind will affect your pace just as much as hills or humidity. I made the mistake of doing a nine-miler out-and-back one day heading out with a tailwind. Still keeping my heart rate where I wanted it, I had an almost two-minute/mile drop in pace when I turned around. Not fun.
- I did an outdoor CrossFit class two times while there. Loved it and enjoyed the fact that on the partner workout day, my partner and I were easily the oldest pair there but still finished the WOD first. Might have helped that the WOD involved running. : )
- There aren’t a lot of cyclists and runners out at 5:30 a.m. on July 5th. But by 6;30 or so, I had plenty of company as we all tried to beat the heat.
- As rough as the heat and humidity are on MAF training, I don’t ever want summer to end.
How do things change for your healthy living when you travel? Summer–embracing the heat or loathing it?