May 27, 2016

Vacation Run Secrets | Jeff Galloway | Friday Five

As a member of the Jeff Galloway Blogger Program, I'm given great information from the man himself to share with you. We're reaching the time for summer vacations, but if you're training for the fall, you still need to get your runs in. For today's Friday Five, I have some Vacation Run Secrets from Jeff Galloway

By Olympian Jeff Galloway

1. Running into the dawn

In Summer, it's best to run before the sun rises above the horizon. Since it's common for family members to sleep a bit longer on vacation, get up early and hit the beach. Set a total time you wish to run, and turn around at the halfway point. Or, run 1-2 minutes longer going out and try to run faster on the return.

2. When you’re camping and near a lake and/or mountains.

Drive around the campground area to find suitable running/trail areas.  Plan a group hike each day. Appoint yourself the “lookout”. Walk ahead of the group for a few minutes and then run ahead for a minute or two, and run back. Repeat this routine throughout the hike. Even short segments of running, during a 1-2 hour hike, will maintain your running adaptations very well.

3. On a road trip, taking frequent “pit stops”.

Wear your running gear on the trip. If it is safe to run or walk at your rest area, walk for 1-2 minutes as a warmup and then run for 5-10 minutes. Repeat this pattern until the group is ready to load up. If it is a food stop, get your meal “to go” and spend the time running.

4. When you’re on a trip that’s based around a theme park.

Many of the hotels in areas like Disney World, have designated areas for running. In some cases you can run to the parks. Ask the hotel staff for recommended routes. Each evening, gather the family and plan your park visit for the next day. This allows for you to find a timeslot to squeeze in a run. As you mention how you are planning your run, you'll teach the kids how important your exercise is, for you.

5. When you’re on a sightseeing city tour.

Time is limited during most sightseeing tours but you can usually squeeze in a few minutes here and there. Wear running clothes or very comfortable apparel with running shoes. When the bus stops, keep walking around while looking at the sights or listening to the guide. If time allows before reboarding, jog for a minute or two.

Bonus: A home-based vacation.

If possible, arrange with another family member to watch the kids while you run. Then, offer that person a chance to get away for a while while you stay with kids. Early morning is often a great time to get in your runs. Plan trips to local parks (that you seldom visit) where you can run and walk with the family.

Note: Olympian Jeff Galloway has coached hundreds of thousands of runners to their goals.  For more information, see his books GALLOWAY TRAINING PROGRAMS and MARATHON—you can do it!  Ask Jeff a question at

Do you run on vacation? How do you keep on track?

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  1. I may not always get in an "official" run while on vacation but I do go out of my way to walk everywhere I can instead of taking transportation. I'm always up for exploring!

  2. I love running on vacation and exploring a city by foot is always a fun way to see it.

    1. It's a great way to see it. When I do run on vacation, it's usually early morning too, so that means less people when I'm exploring.

  3. I follow the first tip. For other vacations sometimes it's ok to do other things instead of running. Yes, I said that!