I recently went on a family vacation, our first big vacation in 3 years. It was an outstanding trip and running during the vacation absolutely enhanced the experience.
For some of us, though, running won’t enhance the experience. Whether because running is something different for us or because the vacation is just something that would make running difficult, it might even be detrimental to the vacation experience.
It all depends on what running is to you. For me, running is a lifestyle and is something that enhances my life. It’s something I enjoy doing and, when on vacation, I think of it as a great way to explore an area and see it from a different perspective than I would through any other means of travel. I get to see more area in less time than when hiking but I get to take it in more than I would driving through.
I still adjust my training. With all the hiking I was doing on this trip, I skipped all hard days and cut back on my volume. Even if running is something you don’t want to give up, sometimes you need to make adjustments like this just to stay healthy and not let running get in the way of other things you’ll be doing.
For others, running is more of a chore. While I wish it could be a lifestyle for everyone, I’ve come to accept that just isn’t the case. If you’re one of those people for whom running is a chore and not always that fun, your vacation may be better off if you unplug from running, just like you might unplug from work or other responsibilities when on vacation. In this case, that’s the right thing to do. Running will still be there when you get back and it’s not like you’re going to lose a great amount of fitness during the time a typical vacation lasts.
One thing I would recommend no matter what kind of runner you are: at least pack a pair of shoes and some running gear. You never know. Even if you don’t enjoy running, you might decide that a certain run might enhance your vacation. If you have the ability to run, you might as well be prepared just in case you get the itch to go out for a run.