HHI.PDTraining for a marathon is at least a four month commitment. During that time it’s quite possible that traveling might interrupt your neat and calculated running schedule. With 26.2 or even 13.1 miles looming it can be nerve-racking to miss a run – especially a long one.
I’m currently training for the Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2011, and I’m 13 weeks into my training schedule. This week I’m escaping taking off with my Aunt Kristi, my sister, Nicole, and another girlfriend to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island to celebrate my aunt’s birthday. We’ll be playing lots of tennis and relaxing on the beach, but I’ll also need to get my run on. Here are three ways to stay on track and stress free when you need to run on the go:

Plan Ahead. Look at your training schedule and your vacation or work schedule. Match them up before you leave and decide what days and times you can take your runs so that you have the time allotted into your plans. If you’re traveling with others make sure to let them know that your in training and when you’ll be doing your runs.

Scout Routes. Before you get there look at the resort’s website or call them to find out if they have a fitness center with a treadmill or safe designated running routes. Many hotels have them already mapped out for guests complete with mileage.

Ask for Accountability. It’s so easy to go on vacation and leave the “real world” behind. Ask your travel mates, co-workers or training buddies back home to hold you accountable for whatever amount of miles you commit to running.  

If you decide to scale back training while traveling that’s fine, too, just have a plan to safely make up the miles when your return.

Until next time, I’m off and running …

Photo credit: Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort