Marathon Training While Traveling for Business

Marathon Training While Traveling for Business

All is good; and then you get the call.  Pack your bags you’re leaving town.  UGH! The dreadful business trip, but wait, I have a 16 mile training run scheduled this week . . .

Two events occurred almost simultaneously Monday.  After much deliberation I decided to commit to running the Flying Pig Marathon in May.  Only 16 weeks out and coming off a holiday season full of gluttony, I have to start training NOW!

And then the call came.  As I am mentally preparing for the rigorous schedule ahead I receive a call that I need to fly to corporate . . .  tomorrow.  Do I scrap this idea of running a spring marathon?  Do I put off training a week and start next week?

Live with no excuses and travel with no regret. 

Unexpected business trip?  No need to hinder your marathon training, unless your looking for an excuse – wink wink.  With a little research and planning you can stay on course with your training plan even while traveling.  Here are some steps to take to keep your training rock solid even while traveling.

7 Surefire Tips to Marathon Training While Traveling for Business

These tips work for any health or fitness goal you are trying to stick to, not just marathon training:

  1. Map it – research the area where your lodging is located.  Will you be able to run outdoors?  Use Map My Run‘s free “find route” feature to see if there are any near your location.
  2. Take it indoors – if you bomb out finding a safe route near your hotel check their amenities to see if they have a fitness center.  The dreadmill may not be your favorite choice, but those miles count just as well as outdoor miles.  I actually enjoy using the treadmill for interval training.  It makes the tick tock of the very slow clock wiz by.
  3. Mix it up –  insert a cross train into your schedule.  There are videos on YouTube (click that link for a 20 minute HIIT routine) or, my preferred go to cross-training tool is the free Nike Training Club app.  There are many workouts tailored for runners that you can do with no equipment right in your room.
  4. Plan it – make sure to review your travel itinerary and meeting agenda’s so that you can schedule your workout into your day.  Don’t forget any time zone differences you may need to consider
  5. Refrain from it – does your business trip include business dinners? Make a commitment to yourself to limit the cocktails or replace them with mocktails.  I enjoy a glass of red wine and then switch to cranberry and club soda.
  6. Speak it – let your co-workers know what you’re up to.  You’ll be surprised by the amazing support.  They may even have solutions to help you stick to your goal.
  7. Pack it – Pack up that running gear.  I don’t know about you, but if I pack it I don’t want it to be a waste so I use it.
“Plans are nothing; planning is everything” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Best wishes to you on your training.  You can do this!

Baddass in training

p.s. what do you think?  Stick with the plan and run Flying Pig or wait for a fall run?



6 Keys to Staying Hydrated

6 Keys to Staying Hydrated





In the summer, planning out your run the day before is just as crucial as logging those miles.  I am a Weather Channel app addict.  Extreme amazement at how often they get it wrong.  It still helps to have some sort of expectation as to the elements.  The next two weeks are gonna be scorchers here in Chicagoland.  With training runs of 16, 17 and 2 10 milers during the extreme heat I’ve gotta plan on getting up as early as possible to get some relief from the blistering heat and have a strategy for hydration.

If you are planning a long run, walk, or hike here are some tips to stay hydrated.

  1. Hydrate before you go.  This takes some planning so you don’t have to “go” when you go, but if you start hydrated it’s easier to maintain hydration.
  2. Choose a course that provides water.  Many public parks have drinking fountains throughout.  I am lucky enough to live near one that even has fountains for my furry running companion.  Gotta keep pups hydrated too.
  3. Carry a water bottle.  Not the most convenient because it gets tiresome carrying the bottle around.  It’s funny how heavy a water bottle can begin to feel when you start to get fatigued.
  4. Drive ahead and leave bottles on your path.  Not the safest most secure method, but if you are very familiar with your territory this plan can work for you.
  5. Wear a water bottle belt.  The sloshing around may be uncomfortable, but it is handier than carrying that bottle around.  I found that strapping the belt around my hips was much more comfortable than around my waste.  It also doesn’t put as much pressure on your bladder if you take in too much liquid.
  6. Wear a hydration pack.  A new favorite of mine.  My husband was careful to select one for me that couldn’t get over-packed and become too heavy, the Camelbak Rogue is a game changer.  Comfortable and able to store GU, keys and a cell phone it allows you to take frequent small sips and stay refreshed.
Happy running.  Stay safe and hydrated.
My 2018 Chicago Marathon training schedule.
Build Flexibility into Your Marathon Training Plan

Build Flexibility into Your Marathon Training Plan

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

A training schedule to prepare for a marathon is a must, but you must build in flexibility both in your plan and in your mindset.  Things are going to happen.  Life is going to happen over the course of the months you will spend training.  If your schedule is too rigid it can cause frustration or worse, cause you to give up.

My 2018 schedule is loaded with
flexibility.  Sundays and Wednesdays can easily be switched around if weather happens, or family events on the weekend.  Strength day is ambiguous intentionally to add fun.  I love group fitness so I go to a class on strength day. Two days have “or” built in so that the routine can fit the mood of the day.

“The measure of a person’s strength is not his muscular power or strength, but it is his flexibility and adaptability.” ― Debasish Mridha

That’s the flexibility in the schedule itself.  Your willingness to adapt is crucial to keeping a positive mindset when things go awry in your training.  There will be rain.  There will be business trips.  There will be social events.  You can avoid the feeling of defeat and frustration by making a few adjustments to your plan.  Here are some examples:

  • Find an indoor track
  • Use a treadmill
  • Simply skip a day
  • Shuffle your training schedule
  • Get up earlier
  • Use the hotel stairwell for a great workout
  • Break away from the family fun and swim some laps
  • Find a YouTube cardio/no equipment video
Your marathon success has everything to do with your planning AND how well you can modify along the way.
What’s on My Reading List; Born to Run

What’s on My Reading List; Born to Run

Running is a great sport to give a whirl because you literally do not need a thing to get started.  Zero start up cost.  You don’t like it; no worries, you’re not out a thing.

If you do like it and stick with it, unlike other sports that require a ton of expensive equipment, you can maintain a very low budget.  One way I keep costs low is by not worrying if my running
shoes are the latest and the greatest.  By purchasing last year’s model instead of the newest release I save a ton of dough.

My normal run essentials are: Burt’s Bees lip balm, Maui Jim sunglasses, toasted marshmallow GU, and a great play list.  A very eclectic great playlist.  I love to run to music.  Black Eyed Peas, Led Zepplin, Bruno Mars . . . and then I met this book.  Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.  On long runs it’s my new fave.  It gives me the motivation I need to get the miles in.  I figure if they can run hundreds of miles then I can certainly get in 13.

A great friend gave me a great tip, use the speed feature on  Putting this story at 1.25 x speed is the perfect tempo to run to.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very inspiring story. I loved listening to it while out for a run.
Just a few of my favorite quotes…
“You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.”
“If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.”
“Suffering is humbling. It pays to know how to get your butt kicked.”
“There was some kind of connection between the capacity to love and the capacity to love running.”

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Training for the 2018 Chicago Marathon

Training for the 2018 Chicago Marathon

Chances of getting drawn were slim to none I thought.  It was November 30th and the last day to enter the lottery for the 2018 Chicago Marathon.  “I’ll never get drawn anyway” I remember thinking as I completed the on-line registration.

The very next day I got fired.  My very first thought as I stared at my boss as he delivered the message was “shit, now I’m not even going to live in Chicago.  I’m going to get drawn for sure now”. 

Not that you need to live in the area of the event, but it does make it more convenient, much less expensive, and you don’t have to burn vacation days to do it.

Fast forward, and here we are, day 1 of official training.  I like to do my training in reverse of most conventional training schedules and start with the long day.  This way instead of dreading
the impending doom of the long run I “eat the frog” and get it done first.  The whole rest of the week is a piece of cake.  Leading up to this week I started piling on miles to prepare for a 1/2 marathon in April and continued getting in one 13 miler per week since then.  Last month was a record month for me logging 148 miles, something I’ve never done before.

Here’s this week’s plan
Sunday – 13 miles Check. Done!
Monday – Shred class at Lifetime Fitness
Tuesday – 5 miles
Wednesday – 10 miles
Thursday – 5 miles
Friday – 5 miles
Saturday – 5 miles or cross train depending on how the legs feel

Entire schedule

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