Friday, May 18, 2012

Fun Facts Friday - Exercise on Vacation

Today we're heading out for vacation. While Perdido Key, FL (Gulf Coast) is only about 8 1/2 hours away, we decided to get a head start. We're driving halfway today, then finishing up the drive tomorrow. It'll be nice to break it up, especially since prolonged sitting aggravates my piriformis/sciatic issues even more.

This of course means no long run for me tomorrow. And probably no long run until I get back actually, unless I can find a route with some shade, because it'll be hotter and more humid there than it already is here.

While on vacation, however, I always try to stick to workouts. I rarely am able to do weights - most condo gyms or hotels don't have weights - but a week off from weights will actually do me good. It's been probably a year since I've taken a rest week.

Since I can't run every day unfortunately, I'll take some low-impact boxing & kickboxing DVDs, and I've already written out some beach HIIT workouts to try. You know, for fun ;-) I also bring along resistance bands and weighted gloves.

For Fun Facts Friday, I thought I'd list out a few things I'll miss about my long runs, my usual workout routine, but also what I'm looking forward to.

I will miss...

  • Taking my GU during my long run. I rather look forward to that point during the run. 
  • Running through the wooded area I'm so used to.
  • Having the option of doing a weight workout.
  • Kettlebells.

I will enjoy...

  • A break from weights.
  • Running along the beach.
  • Running new routes.
  • Trying out new HIIT workouts.
Do you make it a point to workout on vacation or do you use it as a break? Do you take any special equipment or DVDs with you? 

I'll admit that I checked out gyms in the area (just in case). I've never actually used a gym on vacations though. But I always look. 

Daily To-Enjoy List:
Start of Vacation