I recently ran Reykjavik Half Marathon with some fellow City Runners, and I’ll be off to Budapest in just under a month for Budapest Marathon. Going on a race vacation is great fun, mainly because of how awesome it is to hang out with people who love running as much as you, if not more. There was endless chat about training paces, lactate thresholds and compression socks, plus I got almost unlimited training advice from far stronger runners than myself!
But running holidays are quite unique- because runners do some odd stuff on holiday:
1. Go on a race holiday in the first place – aren’t holidays about doing sweet nothing?
2. Pack a pre-race dinner and breakfast (taking no chances).
3. Bring along a tennis ball for emergency muscle release
4. Carb-load with candy and biscuits from duty free (just us..?)
5. Pack multiple pairs of running shoes in very limited luggage space
6. Willingly get up at 6am to get ready for race day.
7. Nap completely guilt-free pre- or post-race instead of rushing out to see the sights. Time spent napping is never time wasted, after all.
8. Stretch in the living room, hotel room, airport lounge…you get the idea
9. Go for a few gentle miles even after having run a race
10. Start drinking as soon as the race is over. Prosecco anyone?
Have I missed anything?
Lots of love,