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Make It Work

Work life can get a bit hectic and that includes travel. The locations of travel vary which means my options for workouts has to adjust.

To make it work I do the following:

  1. Assess the hotel options I have. My work requires certain hotel options and I immediately start looking at my gym options. Hotel pictures can be very deceiving. Just because they say they have a gym doesn’t mean that it’s well maintained equipment or that the room is bigger than a closet (photos can be misleading). Also I’ve run into hotel gyms that have the heat cranked to 85 and there is no way to turn it down. So I look to see what types of equipment they list and look for pictures. Then I make my reservation based on what appears like it might work, but it’s a roll of the dice.
  2. Have a gym backup plan. After I book a hotel I immediately look for my gym backup plan. I search for local gyms and call to find out if they have day pass options and what their hours are. I even call other hotels that may not be in my allowable list from work. Some hotels will allow you to pay to use their gym, the fancier the hotel the more likely that the gym is decent.
  3. Have a non-gym backup plan. This is where it gets creative. I can run around where I travel most of the time. However, if the area doesn’t seem safe I won’t go unless Rob or another person is with me. I would rather be a gym rat than have an issue in an area I’m unfamiliar with. Other options include assessing the hotel in general. Is there a pool? Is the hotel many floors so I could run up the stairs in the stairwell? If I bring my own jump rope would there be an area by the hotel or indoors to jump rope? And the final option is doing strengthening moves in the hotel room. Plus thanks to my iPad I can now get Yoga, Abs, Ballet and Pilates fitness workouts to try from my room. Creative options are great because a slight change in my normal workout routine presents a new challenge. It’s a way to maintain fitness, but also build new strength. The only downside is when it’s in the middle of a training cycle. I prefer to get in my running miles as planned when in training so I try my best to get options figured out ahead of time.
  4. Plan meals. Oh traveling and food, what a dangerous and slippery slope it can become. For me it depends on the location. If the location is unique I will indulge in local fare that I normally don’t have. If a place is known for a particular entrée I will try it. I just try to balance out the rest of my meals with vegetables and lean meats. My biggest struggle when traveling is getting enough water. I seem so consumed with my travel and work that I just forget to drink water. So I must force myself to carry it with me.

What are some of your tips for traveling and staying healthy?

I applied these steps to my latest trip and let me share with you how that went.

  1. The hotel claimed to have a gym. The chain is not known for amazing gyms so I check pictures, no treadmill in the picture, but an exercise bike would work. I arrive to the hotel and make a bee line for the gym. Unfortunately it’s janky. A closet of a room and the elliptical and bike are gross and old. This will not work.
  2. I find one back up gym option, it’s a smallish town. They have a day pass option and the hours worked. I happily make my way there after dinner. On drive by the wall of windows allow me to see that this gym is shady. Just not what I’m used to and I feel intimidated by the area. If Rob were with me, we would go, but alone I feel a bit vulnerable and I never question that feeling.
  3. Non-gym back up plan. I do strengthening moves in my room. Push ups, chair dips, planks, sit ups. Then I whip out the iPad for my first workout via iPad experience. I find that not all videos are equal and the free ones are very beginner oriented. I ended up purchasing some Anytime Yoga videos from iTunes. 

4. For dinner I find some local eateries with non-healthy and tempting options. But knowing that I have more travel in my future I forgo them and stick to something more usual to my eating. So I opted for Chili’s Caribbean Salad (greens with red pepper, mandarin oranges, pineapple, and cherries) with shrimp, substitute the dressing with non-fat honey mustard and added avocado. 

I then made sure to do some 10 minute yoga in the morning before getting to my work. It’s nice how even a quick 10 minute session does wake me up.




Monday (3/7):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +2.5% Incline, 34:13, 8:34 Pace)

Tuesday (3/8):

10 Miles Easy (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +2.5% Incline, 1:29:59, 8:12 Pace)

Wednesday (3/9):

5 Miles Easy (Const Trail, RTW Group Run, 54:26, 10:54 Pace)

Thursday (3/10):

Rest – well, more like death warmed over

Friday (3/11):

3.75 Miles Easy (Treadmill, San Diego Half Marathon Course, -2.5% – 0% Incline, 33:48, 9:01 Pace)

45 Mins Yoga

2.25 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 0% Incline, 18:56, 8:25 Pace)

7 Miles Easy (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +5% Incline, 1:01:11, 8:45 Pace)

This week has been a lot of recovering from sickness. I started to feel like crap on Wednesday. I rarely get sick so I was hoping it was just a funk that I would have to tolerate, but nothing more than that. However, during the day I just started feeling worse and worse.

Wednesday night was the Ride The Wave group run. When I got to the meeting location I found out the other group leader would not be joining us. I would have the group of about eight people to pace by myself. It’s better to have at least two leaders so that if the group gets spread out on pace. No worries, we headed out. The weather wasn’t stellar. There was a light rain, cold and bit of wind. I kept my feelings about my health to myself. No reason to bring it up because the group just needed to focus on getting in their run of 5 miles tempo as planned. It was a good time running with the group and talking about races, but after we finished I felt worse. I fell asleep early that night only woke up now and then and was quickly reminded how badly I felt.

Thursday morning I worked from home and made my way the doctor. I couldn’t let this feeling ride out, I was beyond just a little funk. I needed some big gun meds. I got a Zpack and had to get into work for some meetings that I would not be able to miss. I was a walking zombie at best and my energy level drained quickly. I ended up heading home early for an offical sick day and slept as much as possible.

I was woken up to Rob bringing me roses and dark chocolates, really that is better than the Zpack!

Chocolates not pictured, they were in my tummy in less than a second. 😉

I passed out hard Thursday night. Today I woke up feeling much better, but my throat felt incredibly raw. I didn’t want to risk running out in the cold air so I ran on our new treadmill. I did an easy run on the San Diego Half Marathon course. It was nice to enjoy pictures of palm trees and I felt good. Afterward I went to yoga and had a great session there. Every passing hour I was feeling better.

The weather was great for flying so Rob and I took a quick flight around the area.

 I made a flying playlist for the flight. We enjoyed tunes like “Up” from Jason Mraz. 🙂

A view of our company’s south campus. I have to say it’s nice to have Fridays off and fly over. Fridays free are when the longer hours Monday through Thursday pay off.

I also got to try out my new Bose headset on this flight. I got Rob one for his 30th birthday and he has loved having it. He found one for sale from another pilot and so he got it for me. It is in perfect condition and works great!

Tonight I did another easy run on the treadmill. My plan was to do the last half of the Boston Marathon course, but the iFit site was down so I got in a couple miles on the regular until the site was back up. I felt like I was running in sand. My energy is definitely zapped and my stomach feels sour. I’m definitely ready to pass out again and hope to wake up tomorrow feeling better.

Oh and here is a picture of sweet Coco just for fun. 🙂


Ready or Not


Wednesday (3/2):

4 Miles Tempo (RTW, Const Trail, 42:20, 10:35 Pace)

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 48:18, 8:03 Pace)

Thursday (3/3):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 47:58, 8:00 Pace), Situps

Friday (3/4):

 4 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 32:58, 8:15 Pace)

45 Mins Yoga

5.51 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 45:00, 8:11 Pace)

Saturday (3/5):

1.22 Miles Warm Up (Miller Park, 11:59, 9:50 Pace)

3.1 Miles Race (Miller Park, 21:30, 6:56 Pace, 2nd Female Overall, 1st Age Group)

Sunday (3/6):

11.75 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 0-1% Incline, 1:40:03, 8:31 Pace)

7.25 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 1:00:49, 8:24 Pace)

This week busy has gone to a new level. Now I have to learn how to not only balance work and training, but the racing season has begun whether I’m ready for it or not. This week was a lot of training when I could fit it in and I am looking forward to getting next week back on track.

Since my last post I had another training run with my Ride the Wave group. We ran 4 miles as a tempo run and the group is doing great. They have been handling the training really well and I’m looking forward to getting them some hill and speedwork. After our run I got in another run at home on the treadmill.

Thursday was a late night run a la treadmill. Friday morning I got outside for 4 mile before yoga class. Later that afternoon we had some heavy rains so I got my second run on the treadmill, but it was interrupted with a special delivery…more on that in a sec. I did step out into the rain to get in some pick ups, 6 X 100s. I got to feel how stale my legs are regarding speed. I need them to wake up and get ready for short racing. I knew that Saturdays 5K would be rough.

Friday night we had dinner with friends and talked all things running. Drew stayed over so he could race this 5K with us. Saturday morning we were up and ready to race. The weather was not great, windy (22 mph), 30ish degrees – mid-20s with wind chill, and light snow. The cold wind is so annoying. I got in a quick warm up, talked to some of our friends and it was time to get going. We took off and I felt good in the lungs and hoped that after the first mile my legs would wake up more. I was lead female for most of the race. It was nice to hear “First female!” and “Go Christine!”. While my legs felt dead on speed, I felt like I could have run forever. The course was wrong before mile 2. A volunteer got the course messed up and there was some yelling as to which way. We all slowed to almost a stop to figure out which road to take. After mile 2 a girl came up and passed me. I couldn’t stay with her and she finished a good 30 seconds in front of me. All I could do was smile at the finish and enjoy that the race was done. I’m not thrilled with my time or how dead my legs felt. Rob was 5th Overall and 1st in his Age Group!



6:56 Pace

Overall: 24/277

F: 2/?

F 30-34: 1/26

That afternoon we spent it working on that special delivery I mentioned earlier, our new treadmill!! It’s the Nordic Track Elite 9500 Pro. This treadmill will allow us to run any course in the world! Hello Boston! Unfortunately to set up the iFit Live we have to call their support and they aren’t open until Monday, so we will get that working pronto.

The treadmill was a bear to get up the stairs. Luckily we have awesome fit friends that happen to be our neighbors to help us out. Rob and Drew worked on assembly and had it all up and working in time for our next activity.

Later that afternoon we watched Drew’s niece compete and win state in the IDTA competition. After dinner out I was too tired to even enjoy my new treadmill so I enjoyed that on Sunday’s run. The treadmill felt substantial and it doesn’t need to restart when it hits a 100 minutes, so that’s a nice change. Sunday I also got in some miles outside. I’m happy to have gotten outside four times this week, the weather is finally getting nice again!




Monday (1/3): 1 Mile Warm Up (Gym Treadmill, 1% Incline, 8:04, 8:04 Pace), Weight Lifting, 5 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 42:17, 8:27 Pace)

Tuesday (1/4): Rest, not feeling great

Wednesday (1/5): 14 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1-3% Incline, 1:52:00, 8:00 Pace)

Thursday (1/6): Rest, still  not feeling well

Friday (1/7): Yoga 45 Minutes, 12 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:40:00, 8:20 Pace), 2 Miles Warm Up (IWU Track, 20:00, 10:00 Pace), 5 x 1000M w 2 Minute Recovery Jog (IWU Track, 20:18, 6:49 Pace), 1.25 Miles Cool Down (IWU Track, 14:53, 11:55 Pace)

This week my stomach has been especially awful. I suffered through my 14 Mile run on Wednesday and moved my miles from Thursday to rest my tummy.

I will make up my miles this weekend, but first it was time to head to Yoga at our fitness center.

Rob and I went for sushi for lunch and then I did 12 Miles Med-Long on the treadmill followed by an interesting track workout. We headed to the university, but there was a slam dunk contest going on, so we headed to another university track. They were setting up for a gymnast competition the next day, but the track was open. Ryan and Mitch met us out for the workout. Rob and I did 5 x 1000M @ I Pace and then Rob followed that up with 6 x 400M @ R Pace. It made for an interesting workout, since they were setting up, there were people crossing right in front of us, not to mention the tables and equipment being brought in that required running around.

It was still a lot of fun to get out there. 🙂 Post track workout sweaty.

It’s also worth noting that the Boston Marathon is 100 Days Away!!


Heal Myself

Rob and I went to yoga this morning. Each session they start off with meditative breathing and we are supposed to come up with what the personal intent we hope to achieve at the session. Today I chose to focus on the phrase “heal myself”. I have felt some tightness in my hips and knees from the marathon and it felt so good to stretch out. I even found soreness in my shoulders with some of the poses we did. I love that after doing yoga it is like having a massage, it’s so relaxing.

Later that evening we took a flight over to see Drew for dinner.

Ready to roll.

Heading out.

Almost there.

And heading back home.

Getting ready to land.

When we got home I ran 5 Miles Easy on the Treadmill.