I sit here, lazily lounging on the lanai at our rented condo in Maui, Hawaii. The birds are chirping and there’s a gentle breeze wafting off from the ocean. My view is of the blooming trees, the blue sky and the turquoise ocean. Gently, I gaze into the distance as the lush green of the tropics lullabies me into a… WAIT! I can’t do this! I can’t sit here, sipping island coffee and lulling myself into a luscious daydream. No! I have to run.
How many of us runners have experienced, time and again, the guilt laden conflict of training through a vacation? To non-competitive athletes, this may seem a no-brainer. What’s the deal with training on a vacation? I mean, what on earth is provocative about getting up at an obnoxiously early hour in the pre-dawn morning to hit the pavement and place all focus on a long, elevated, intense, or, for heaven’s sake, “easy” run?
I asked myself this very question just this morning, and when I posed it to my Salty Running colleagues, I got a lot of support. Any of us runners who take our running seriously asks the same question and experiences the same conflict: I’m on vacation, do I run or not?