During the off season, a little vacation here and there isn’t going to mess with your running schedule, but a vacation in the midst of long distance race training is another story. Most marathon and half marathon training plans place high emphasis on the long run and consistent mileage that builds throughout the 12-20 week plan. Taking a week off or skipping a long run can have serious consequences for performance; thus, it is important to plan to run during a vacation.
There are a lot of services out there now to aid a traveling runner including hotels that provide gear and routes, apps that will find local routes, and even running groups that cater to out of town guests. I hope to touch on all of these in future blog posts; however, today I want to focus on one aspect of running while on vacation: WHAT TO PACK!