So this is the start of the one week I have at home for like the next six years or so. Alright, that may be an exaggeration, but really it is for about the next two months. While I don’t mind getting out on the road so much, I don’t love what it does for my fitness levels. It is a real challenge to stay active and get the right workouts in.
So, let me make you a list of the things I do to try and maximize the opportunities for a workout while on the road. It is true, I do finish my trainings with teachers by about 4:00 at the latest, so I do have a little extra time that some may not get while on the road. But, if you make your workout a priority, you will find time to get them done.
1. Stay at a hotel that has a fitness center. You would think that most properties have one, but you would be mistaken. I stay exclusively at Marriott hotels, and about 95% have at least a treadmill. Now not all of the treadmills are that nice, but they are there. This way, if there is inclement weather, you can always run inside.
2. Buy a Garmin Forerunner. I have one that I strap on my arm that measures distance for me. When I go for a run while travelling, it is nice to be able to walk out the front door of the hotel and just go. The “Return to Start” function is soooo helpful when you don’t know where you are going.
3. Use Google to find a scenic run in the area. I love to use Google to find runs that I would otherwise never discover on my own. I have been to some great spots because other people took the time to post their runs on their blogs or on MapMyRun.com.
4. Make a rule that you have to go for a run before you turn on the TV for the night. Me, I run before I eat and turn on the TV. Dinner then serves as the nutrition for my recovery and I am more likely to treat food as fuel instead of just filling up on crap. I have been surprised how often this rule has gotten me out the door.