As August draws near, many people are getting in one last vacation before the end of the summer. Vacation is a fun time spent with friends and family in a new, exciting place. Between traveling, sightseeing, and trying new delicious restaurants, running is probably far from your mind. As you schedule your summer vacation, carve out some time for running. It doesn’t have to be long or far, but getting in a few miles here or there while on vacation has its benefits. Here are four benefits to running on summer vacation.
Explore on Foot
There’s nothing like exploring a new place on foot. Running gives you the flexibility to explore deeper into your vacation spot. If you are vacationing in the city, pick a landmark you want to see and run to it. Stop anywhere on the way. If you are at the beach, run in the sand by the water, on the boardwalk, or through the town. Mountain vacationers will have access to many beautiful trails! Take advantage of immersing yourself in your vacation spot. It can be a lot easier to see things on foot than from a car, subway, or train.
Maintain Your Exercise Routine
Another benefit to running on summer vacation is maintaining an exercise routine. So many times people will stop running over vacation only to find themselves sluggish and unmotivated once they return home. You may not be able to run every day over vacation and that’s ok. If you run for fun or to stay in shape, pick a few days of your trip to head out on a run. If you are running using a training plan for an upcoming race, continue on your schedule the best you can while you are away. Remember, don’t feel guilty if you skip a day! It is vacation after all!
Family Bonding Time
Vacation is a great time to get your family excited about running. Lace up those shoes and set out on a run as a group. This will provide you with extra family time. If you have kids, let them choose the path! Running on vacation is a great bonding opportunity for the entire family.
Check Out the Local Running Scene
While the DC area and Potomac River Running may be your running home base, it can be fun to check out the running scene of your vacation spot. Before arriving, do some research and make a plan. Drop by a running store for some local merchandise. Join a running group for a fun run. If you are feeling super motivated, sign up for a local 5K. The options are endless!
The key to running on summer vacation is to make it fun. Don’t dread your runs! Instead, look forward to exploring a new place, maintaining an exercise routine, bonding with family, and scoping out the local running scene. Before you leave on vacation, stop by your local Potomac River Running store or shop online for your summer vacation running essentials.