Keeping it up on vacation

I was recently away for 8 days – this included travel from NJ to DC, then 2 days later, from DC to Williamsburg, VA, and then 3 days after that from Willliamsburg to Rehoboth Beach, DE before heading back to NJ on the last day.

That’s a lot of travel days, yet I still managed to run 4 times during the trip (I surprised myself with this). I arrived in DC on the Friday, and it was a very hot and very humid day and there were already plans in place for the day. I had planned in advance and discovered the DC Capital Striders group runs and the run on Saturday morning from Dupont Circle was in a perfect location.

The route that day took us through Rock Creek Park on a hot and humid morning, but the club were very welcoming so I’m glad I went along.

Running with the DC Capital Striders this morning

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I had decided I wanted to run The Mall too, so I got up early enough on Sunday to take a run before we had to check out of the hotel.

This is how runners go sightseeing

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With plenty to do in Williamsburg, VA in the time we were there, I did wonder whether I would be able to run. I solved that problem by running from the hotel to Colonial Williamsburg (figuring that it was so hot I would be sweating anyway, so what did it matter if I was already sweaty from running).

Ran here from the hotel

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The trip to Rehoboth Beach was a last minute addition to the plan. On Thursday there was some cloud cover and it was a beach day, so I took the opportunity to run along the beach when we got there before going into the ocean (there’s something great about running into the ocean at the end of a run).

I was carrying my Xero X-Trails (which I haven’t reviewed yet, must do that) so I could put them on if I felt I needed to, or if I decided to run up to the boardwalk. As it turned out, I just kept going barefoot, covering 3.5 miles along the edge of the water. My feet felt it, but not quite enough to actually cause blisters (I think the previous runs in the Xero Shoes may have actually helped condition the soles of my feet a bit, along with my very occasional barefoot run).

Barefoot beach run

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Do you run on vacation?

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2 Responses to Keeping it up on vacation

  1. Lila says:

    I am pretty fanatical about planning to run on my vacations. Before i book hotels, I try to find out if there are any good running routes in the area, and then I try to book my hotel near the route.

    • runnj says:

      I’ve never actually done that – usually book and then look for routes. However, I have planned vacations around races, found races that are going on near where I am, run with running clubs, and when I went to Las Vegas I found http://www.lasvegasrunningtours.com/ because I thought it would be interesting to get out of town and see some sights (I didn’t have a car, and would have worried about getting completely lost out on the trails without more effort than I was willing to put in at the time anyway)

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