There is something about vacation that always makes me want to exercise. The new surroundings? Being out of my routine? Or maybe just having time?!
With 13 (or 26) miles on my calendar, exercising on vacation is no longer a fun option — it’s mandatory!
I made the most of it on my most recent 1/2 fun, 1/2 work trip out to the LA area. I got up and ran two out of the three mornings I stayed with my fantastic friend The Other Liz in Huntington Beach — also the LA voice on BiteforBite. (Stay tuned for our food adventure around Hollywood.)
I felt bad spending time running by myself when I only had two days with her… but she’s like a mile from the beach. So I went, and just kept them short. How could I have missed this run? LI does not have palm trees.
After the palm tree run I treated myself to some loungin’ with Liz.
Lucky for me, the show I attended for work didn’t start at the crack of dawn so I had time for some longer runs. In search of some pretty — and safe — scenery around Anaheim, I ran through Mickeyland. All the walkways are palm tree lined and Downtown Disney is so quiet at 8am.
I’ve also stepped up my training: I’m trying to increase my pace so in addition to stretching my stride a bit, I’m incorporating quick sprints into my jog. Every mile I run, I full out sprint for 30-45 secs. Hopefully I’ll be able to increase my sprint times, gradually!
I’m not sure how much the show attendees walking to the conference center appreciated me sprinting past spraying sweat… but I don’t think any of them recognized me in the exhibit hall as the sweaty girl.