In this post I share how easy it is to run while you are on holiday and why it is such a great thing to do. I also share some top tips on how to maximise your time and effort.
Top tips for running on holiday
- Pack light – I took just one pair of runners, a pair of shorts, socks and a top, which I wore each morning and then aired on the balcony. If your running gear is competing for space you’ve already planned for holiday shopping and souvenirs you’re less likely to want to do it. Keep it light and simple
- Start your day early, explore and plan for the day ahead – I got up at 7am each morning and did my two to three-mile run before the rest of the family woke up. I found it a great way to explore the city of Lyon when it was quiet and not too hot. And I also got to check out the restaurant quarter and tourist attractions in readiness for our day ahead
- Take plenty of water – chances are it’s going to be a lot hotter than you’re used to running in so take water and plenty of it
- Plan your route – when you first arrive go for a walk and get a sense for where might be good to run and for how long. For example a footpath alongside a river, the beach, shopping and residential streets (when they’re quiet i.e first thing in the morning) or a park
- Stay in touch – you’re in a strange place so it’s essential you take your phone and let someone know where you’re going and how long you’re likely to be. This way if anything happens you know help will find you
- Track your progress using a fitness tracker or app – You’re on holiday and you’re still keeping fit and active – that’s got to be worth shouting about. Plus you can relax when it comes to extra eating and drinking because you’ve burnt all those extra calories, bonus!