Running on the Run

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11001.jpgOne of the things that a lot of us struggle with is continuing to stick to a training program despite having to travel for work or
pleasure. Having spent some time on the road recently, here’s a couple of suggestions for racking up both frequent flier miles and
training miles:

  1. Pack it in. You can’t run if you don’t have your stuff. Which is one of the greatest things about running – you don’t need much to be able to continue to train. My carry-on always contains shoes, a pair of socks, and a pair of shorts. Sometimes, I’ll pack a shirt, but I’m have been known to run in my undershirt from the day before – reduces the stuff I have to bring if it’s a longer trip.
  2. Plan ahead. Dunno if y’all have checked it out, but there’s this cool Web site with running bloggers from around the world. Do a quick search for where you’re headed, and see if they’ve got any rave runs. Additionally, there’s a host of sites like Map My Run and Nike+ where runners can share and search runs. Mash these up with the hotel listings at Travelocity, and, like a recent trip I made to Washington, D.C., you can find a good run right out the front door of a good hotel.
  3. Prioritize. Much like sticking to training at home, running on the road needs to be a priority, or it’s not going to happen. So, plan it into your agenda. Early morning runs are great, as they don’t impact the rest of the day, and you can be showered even if you’re checking out of the hotel that morning. Alternately, squeeze in an afternoon run between the end of the workday and any socializing that’s going to happen.
  4. Plunder. Ah, the wonder that is free breakfasts. Bananas, bagels – great, old school fuel. Little tubs of peanut butter if you’re lucky. Go scavenge while you’re waiting for your waffle to cook. Pick stuff that doesn’t need refrigerators. Stuff that will survive in a briefcase. Best part? It’s paid for as part of the room, or conference fee, or by whoever is making you travel anyway.
  5. Postpone. Sometimes reality sets in – a long run conflicts with time out of town. Don’t use it as excuse not to run, but perhaps consider a filler, and do the long run when you get home.
  6. Proxies. In my satchel, along with a couple of blank CDRs, I always carry a Pilates DVD. Pop it in the laptop, and the room becomes a place to workout. Or, I’ll ride the exercycle. As terrible as hotel gyms are, the bikes are usually rideable, whereas the treadmills are usually gawdawful, to use the technical term.
  7. Promenade Hey, if you’re somewhere cool, what better way to see it than on the run? Grab the tourist map, and go running by the sites!

To all you road warriors out there, how about sharing your secrets?

About Bill Jankowski

Jank is the nom-de-plume (alias) of Bill Jankowski. Jank is a runner (defined as “one who runs”, without any necessary claims of athleticism). More accurate would be to say that he enjoys the company of his iPod, and goes to great lengths to get long periods of time alone with his thoughts. Plus, running is a wonderful way to keep his ego in check. He’s been physically active since he was a kid (assuming that, for the years 1995-1999 and 2001-2003, drinking counts as “active”), playing Soccer, Flag Football, Basketball, and Softball while in college (for his fraternity’s B-team)(Actually, add 1990-1994 to the years of inactivity). In addition to running, Jank swims (controlled drowning), bikes (’cause his mom suggested he play in traffic as a kid), and kayaks (see swimming, but with sharks and props). An engineer by the grace of God, a (recovering) submariner by the graces of the taxpayers of the United States, and an MBA by mistake, Bill enjoys gear (oooh, shiny!), cycling (oooh, shiny bikes and clothes!), and poking at accepted ideas with a pointy stick. In 2004, Jank decided he didn’t want to go full-over to being fat, and took up running (instead of stopping eating). In 2005, he finished his first marathon (WooHoo!) in October, and his second two weeks later (dumb idea). He is still recovering. Bill lives in Connecticut (the poorer, eastern part) with his lovely wife Melissa (who is far more fit than he is and way less navel-gazing about it), and their two sons, Jake and Nate, who, in addition to having deliberately cool names, are the finest children to grace the Earth (clear proof that “evolution through natural selection” is bunk; although he still questions the monthly bill for “Pool Boy” despite not having a swimming pool). His rants can be found at; his best stuff is found here at CRN.

  1. Linda on July 9th at 2:11 pm

    Great tips! That’s why I like running, you can improvise and do it anywhere.

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