It’s no mystery that I love to travel. I wasn’t raised in a family that traveled a whole lot, and so once I got a taste of the wider world on a school trip to Italy and Greece when I was 16, I was hooked. I love seeing new places, learning about different histories and cultures, and experiencing how the rest of the world lives.
That said, I also love being home with my own bed and my own food and my own schedule. I love NOT living out of a suitcase and NOT worrying about where I’ll find my next gluten-free meal. I love using all my fave all-natural cosmetics in my own, organized-to-fit-my-needs bathroom. I love hanging out with my friends, visiting my favorite hometown spots, and running the same beautiful loops I’ve been training on since I was a kid.
I know I’ll love my next adventure in Peru. But it felt so good to be home for the last 10 days. Especially when it came to running. I was able to do some really great training this week without having to think too much about it. Here’s how it all worked out.
- Monday: 5 miles
- Tuesday: 6.5 miles + Leg Lift
- Wednesday: Barry’s Bootcamp (2.5 miles of speed intervals+ arms and abs strength training)
- Thursday: 7.65 miles
- Friday: Rest!
- Saturday: 16.23 miles
- Sunday: Walking/Rest
- Total Weekly Milage: 37.88
When my friend and I first booked our trip to Peru to see Machu Picchu back in February, I was still deep in Boston marathon training mode. I suspected that I’d also be running a fall marathon, but with the way I’ve been injured in the past it was hardly a sure thing. I also figured that I’d be able to take advantage of hotel gyms/treadmills while I was away to log some miles if I was training for a fall race.
It wasn’t until the spring, when I was really planning out my running schedule, that I learned that gyms are not a standard part of hotels in Peru. Additionally, altitude sickness is a thing. Travel doctors do not recommend that tourists do too much physical activity while they’re traveling Peru.
Once I learned all this, I had to come to terms with the fact that there would be a weird, 2-week hole in my training cycle while I took an awesome trip. I was bummed for a hot second. But it’s a great reason to miss a bit of training, and it wasn’t that had to structure my training around the trip. I’ll be doing TONS of walking and a fair amount of hiking while I am there, anyhow, so it’s not like I’ll be losing fitness.
Marathon training really is a lifestyle, but it doesn’t have to be my whole life. Whenever I find myself saying “I can’t; I have to run.” I remind myself of that fact.
I hope you’re all having an awesome start to your week!