I say this all the time, but I can’t stress enough the importance of simply bringing your workout gear along with you when traveling. After all, the worst that happens is you decide to embrace your lazy inclinations, and your tights and sneakers remain at the bottom of your suitcase for the duration of your trip. Really, it’s no big deal.
What’s more likely, however, is that you’ll find even just 20 minutes in which you’ll want to sweat it out. “It” can mean anything in this case: the sitting-in-a-car-too-long cobwebs; the eighth shot of tequila from last night (re: exaggeration) (re: not really).
This time was easier than most, as I strategically left a pair of old running sneakers at Noah’s parent’s house in D.C. on my last trip down south, meaning I could pack less and bring more when traveling over the holidays (we’d be driving from D.C. to N.C.). The fact that I often run when in D.C. shouldn’t come as a surprise. Staying in a house of runners — no really, everyone in Noah’s family loves to run — makes it easy to muster the motivation to get out the door. If you don’t, you’re just plain lazy.
What I was more concerned about was how I’d mobilize my body on the second leg of my journey. Why? Well…
…you get the idea.
Anyway, Noah and I spent Monday through Friday at his parent’s house in D.C., and it was great. We opened presents on Christmas (his parents so thoughtfully gifted us a night at a bed and breakfast in Philadelphia; I can’t wait to use this!), cooked vegetarian meals, and generally lounged around. I even read two books (Truman Capote’s Summer Crossing and Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke) and picked up three pairs of awesome super-sale flats during Intermix’s extra 40% off sale. Glittery Jimmy Choo flats for under $100? Hello, lover.
On Saturday, it was off to North Carolina, where we’d be spending New Years.
Considering we left D.C. around 10:30 in the morning and arrived somewhere around 5pm, I was far too tired and exhausted to even think about running on that first day in the Outer Banks, and so I instead spent the evening forgetting about fitness and cracking open the wine. It didn’t stop flowing from there.
To my contentment, Noah and I managed to squeeze in very short, but very necessary, runs on both Sunday and Monday — and holy crap were they beautiful.
One of the best ways to get to know the area you’re visiting is to get out and explore it on foot. This isn’t novel news, but it’s something that can be easy to forget. What’s important is to realize that running doesn’t always have to be viewed as a form of exercise. Rather, consider your body a vehicle.
On Sunday morning, in serious need of even 30 minutes of sweat, I took out my iPhone after a breakfast of biscuits and bacon (well, I cooked the bacon, but abstained from noshing on it after a night of too much booze) and searched for the nearest park or trail near our rental house in Duck. As it turned out, there was a town boardwalk just one mile from where we were staying. Within 15 minutes, I had convinced Noah to pull out his clothes and to accompany me on a short, homemade route.
Running in North Carolina was incredible; as always, I am indescribably happy that we did. Noah and I began by working our way toward the beach and checking out the ocean.
After deciding that the sand was too soft to run on comfortably, we headed back toward the main road, which took us to the boardwalk I had wanted to explore in the first place.
While windy, the views were lovely; I could hardly peel my eyes off the water for a single second.
Transfixing my gaze made the run fly by faster than the wind that surrounded us (and trust me, it was windy!), and before we knew it, we were making our way back to the house for some beach volleyball fun.
In terms of traveling runs, those that Noah and I took in the Outer Banks were really, truly up there. If you’re headed in that direction, I highly suggest you bring your sneakers (and if it’s winter, some cold weather running gear!) along.
And a bathing suit.
- Do you bring workout clothes with you when traveling? Are there exceptions?
- Have you ever explored the Outer Banks? What’d you think?