9 Top Tips For Holiday Running

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It’s your holiday time! You have some much needed time off from your day to day routine. Maybe you’ve travelled abroad or somewhere in your country for a nice relaxing break or perhaps you’re staying at home and choosing to relax in the comfort of your own home. Whatever the case, there’s plenty of time for some fun holiday running!

In this article, we look at 9 top tips to enjoy your holiday running and make the most of your well-deserved time off.


1. Run early in the morning

Rise and shine! Wake up early, have a small snack and go for a run straight away. Running early has a whole host of benefits like starting the day productively, kick-starting your metabolism (to burn more calories), enjoying peace and quiet and naturally making you feel more energetic.

Wake up early and run? You must be mad!
Lots of people hate the sound of getting up early during holiday time, but it’s actually one of the best things you can do. If you’re tempted to set the alarm for later, then hit snooze and lie in for most of your morning, you will have wasted quality holiday time.

Had you just gotten up early to go for your run you’d be wide awake, energetic, burning calories and in a productive attitude to make the most of your holiday time.

Don’t lie in and waste time during your holiday. Set your alarm for your usual wake-up time (mine is 5:30 AM) and run when it goes off. You won’t regret it.

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2. Listen to some upbeat tunes or an audiobook

Ah, is there anything quite like listening to some upbeat tunes or a good audiobook during your run? I don’t think so!

Upbeat tunes for holiday runs
Running with a killer playlist includes benefits like firing you up to get up and go, motivating you to a higher cadence, shifting your focus onto the music, getting in the zone and feeling happier in general.

A little music during a run can go a long way. Some of my favourites (with high BPM) include Ask by The Smiths, Misorlu by Dick Dale, Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis, Moving To New York by The Wombats & Don’t Look Back In Anger by Oasis.

Make running during your holiday super fun with upbeat tunes to get you going.

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Audiobooks for holiday runs
When people are on holiday, one thing they like to do – myself included – is read a good book. When we run, though, we can’t hold a physical book in our hands. That would be silly, wouldn’t it? Instead, runners can listen to audiobooks!

What’s an audiobook?
An audiobook is exactly what it sounds like. A recording of somebody reading a book which you can listen to instead of reading. For example, an audiobook of The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald will be a word for word reading of the text by a professional audiobook reader. Instead of reading the words, you listen to the words.

What are the benefits of running with audiobooks during holiday time?
Your holiday is all about winding down, relaxing and enjoying yourself. Listening to a good audiobook during your runs means reducing stress, increasing your knowledge, developing vocabulary, improving focus and providing mental stimulation.

If you have a holiday coming up, why not give it a try? Run with audiobooks and see how positive you feel afterwards.

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3. Run with your dog

Why not use your time off to enjoy some four-legged company on your run?

Depending on what breed you have, dogs make a fantastic companion to your running adventures. The dog benefits from having the exercise and getting to explore, whilst you have a furry friend to run alongside. It’s a win-win agreement. Also, it goes without saying you’ll have a better behaved dog after your run who will just want to sleep rather than cause mischief!

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4. Run with friends & family

Get your relatives to put on their running shoes and join you. Running with friends and family is the perfect way to enjoy your holiday time. Not only will your running be more be more fun and engaging, you’ll develop relationships with loved ones.

Think about it, do you live with someone like a spouse or a child that you could spend more quality time with? If you’re like most of the population, the answer is probably ‘yes’. We get so caught up in our busy & demanding lives that we forget to make our loved ones feel special. This can leave relationships turning stale and lacking passion. Not ideal.

Don’t worry. Holiday time is a special time. Get your loved ones together, plan a route, and go for a run to develop relationships. Motivate, challenge and encourage your loved ones as this kind of behaviour will strengthen bonds.

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5. Participate in a fun race

Now that looks like fun…

Holiday time is all about fun, so why not participate in a fun race?

If you find the idea of a 5,10, half or full marathon fun, great! Go ahead and enter into one of these for enjoyable holiday running.

Some runners want to try something a bit different. There are loads of fun runs out there with a twist. examples include an obstacle course run, a colour run or even a fancy dress run! The list of possibilities is endless.

All you need to do is search ‘fun races near me’ into Google and find one that suits you! Happy ‘fun’ running.

6. Explore nature

Holiday time is meant to be relaxing. I don’t know about you, but as soon as somebody says the word ‘relax’ I immediately think of beautiful, natural scenery. Getting out of the hustle and bustle of busy city life and back to the basics of nature can do you a world of good.

Studies have shown that regularly running in nature – green space in particular – reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. These wonderful benefits are probably due to nature running making you calmer and challenging you (hills, slopes, bumpy terrain).

Great natural locations include the woods, by the sea, mountains & farmland. Get out into nature and run on your holiday! For you avid snappers out there, running in nature presents tonnes of opportunities to get beautiful pictures. What a bonus!

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7. Join a running club

Holiday time is perfect for joining a running club. Find a local club, send a message about joining and go for their next club run. Joining a running club can be hugely beneficial, not just during your holiday but long after it ends and you’re back to your normal routine.

Make new friends, train regularly, find variety in training, become more knowledgeable about the sport and get to know your local area. These are just a few of the many benefits awaiting you after signing up to a running club.

Don’t be shy, us runners are a friendly bunch and always welcome newcomers to a group! Type ‘running clubs near me’ into your search browser to find your local clubs and get signed up.

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8. Have some thinking time

2019 is a busy time to be alive. Our daily lives are filled with countless distractions. Social media, work, social commitments, friends, family, errands, and so on. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed, out of control and forget about yourself.

Using holiday time to run means you can spend some alone time with yourself. No distractions. Run at a relaxed pace and have some time to think through your life. Reflect on what’s going on at the moment and what responsibilities and work lie ahead of you. You’ll feel so much calmer and in control afterwards.

As simple as it sounds, a solo run provides you time and space to think about your life in peace and quiet. Don’t forget about reflection during your holiday runs, it will do you a world of good.

9. Don’t push yourself too hard

Lots of people forget about this one, but it might be the most important. Do not run too hard during your holiday runs. Instead, enjoy them.

By definition, a holiday is ‘an extended period of leisure and recreation’. This means you shouldn’t be training 3 times a day like a determined Olympic athlete chasing a gold medal. It’s okay to take a gentle jog at a steady pace, well within your limits.

Holiday time is all about relaxation, so make sure it feels like that for you! Taking time out of training hard & fast can rekindle your love for the sport and make you motivated to train harder once you come out of your holiday time.

Go for a gentle jog around a nature reserve, run with a loved one, explore a new city. However you run, do it in a relaxed and steady manner. Make it fun. Remind yourself why you love running so much in the first place. It’s one of the best things a runner can do during a holiday.

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