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Running While Traveling For Business

Posted on 27 January 2012

As passionate runners we all face the constant daily lifetime constraints during busy times to get in the run for the day.   If you travel for business as I do, it’s important to experience some adventures and new journeys while “fitting in the daily run”.

After traveling for business around the world for the past 20 years, I have learned a few items that you might find valuable when traveling on business.  Of course with a focus on the daily run.   Below are 3 items to consider:

  1. Convention/Trade Show/Conference – The biggest hurdle is time and what time is best get in the run.   As you are probably aware, conferences can be extremely busy from all aspects of meeting as many people as possible and they are normally all day affairs.  Breakfast at 6 or 7AM and then can go well into the evening.  Yes, they can be exhausting.  Recommendation:  Always have a headlamp in your suitcase depending upon the time zones, etc. so darkness is not an opportunity to bail out of the run.  In many cases, the run might start at 4AM or after the event ends for the evening.  Yes, try running at 11PM just to change up the routine (of course be safe as the number one priority – worst case jump on the “Dread mill”) and grab a partner from the conference.   You may be full from dinner, but hold back on the alcohol and you will be fine.  Yes, using the hotel fitness center is an option, but why not go outside and explore the new surroundings.  That’s where the best experiences are, normally not on the dread mill in the fitness facility.
  2. Airplanes and Jet Lag – The best thing to do no matter how tired you are from a long flight is to run as soon as you check into your hotel.  Always arrive a day prior to the meeting, which makes it easier and reduces stress.  Don’t wait till the next day as the impact on your mental and physical state will increase dramatically after 15-20 minutes of tiredness
  3. Always include a Power Yoga/ core, P90X, Insanity DVD (or if you have a body weight focused strength workout bring it along) in your luggage.   Pretty easy in most cases to be able to get a workout for 30 minutes in your hotel room.
  4. If safety is an issue where you’re traveling: run the stairs at the hotel and for an outside workout (yes can be boring) run around the parking area surrounding your hotel.  Think creatively and don’t focus on having your GPS unit to determine distance, calories, heart rate, etc.   Just go out and run!
  5. Even if your travel consists of an out and back in 1 day, always pack running shoes, workout clothing even though you are not planning on doing an overnight.   You never know with weather, etc. that you might get stuck and not able to get home.  I have learned this lesson too many times.  Always carry your workout items in a bag.

Traveling on business can be exhausting, but don’t get discouraged and you can definitely include your normal workouts while traveling.  With a little planning you won’t drop any fitness levels!  Travel Safely.

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