Exercising on Vacation

I had planned on exercising a lot more than I did on this last trip. I ended up running twice. I enjoyed both runs immensely, and they were in spots I will likely never be able to run again (Dublin, Ireland, and Inverness, Scotland). More importantly, I was able to get out and exercise, if just a little bit, while on vacation.

I typically aim for three runs a week, although over the past 5 or 6 months, I’ve only regularly made 2 runs a week on average. I am changing that beginning this week, but that’s the reality of where I’ve been. While on this last trip, I also did push-ups on a few mornings, but again, that wasn’t my goal. Running every 2nd or 3rd day was, and I missed the mark.

I didn’t want to impact our friends who travelled with us too much with my exercise, and also, the weather was very cold and/or rainy on some mornings, and I didn’t want to run in 46 degree weather while it was raining. That just didn’t seem like a good idea to me at the time. I also didn’t want to risk hurting myself which would severely impact our ability to enjoy our vacation.

In the future, I will still set goals for exercise, namely through running, but I won’t beat myself up if I can’t meet those goals and I will celebrate when I am able to run. With that said, I am glad I did get those two runs in. They will remain in my memories as some of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve had runs in.

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