- Plan ahead. I knew there was no way I'd get 18-20 miles in while I was away, so I worked with my boss ahead of time (two weeks beforehand) to schedule a morning before I left to run long and come in to the office an hour late. Pro tip here: be generous with how much time you'll need when making the ask. While I was actually done running and showered in enough time to be punctual, the 20 block walk to my office took approximately 4 hours. Nothing worse than having to rush when you can't walk comfortably. Once I was at the conference, I compared my workout schedule to the conference agenda, and scheduled the longest and hardest workouts (8 miles with 6 @ GMP ughhhh) for mornings with the latest start.
- Hit the gym. I'm all for running as a means of exploration, but when I have specific workouts and very limited time, I don't want to use any of that time plotting a new route. Did you spend 2 hours run-exploring the host city at your last work trip? Congrats - you're probably nonessential! When time is short, I explore SportsCenter on the treadmill.
|Bonus: I actually did walk around and see DC one night as part of the agenda|
- Save your legs. I failed at this one, but it's good advice going forward. Standing up at cocktail parties, particularly in heels, is murder on your legs. I cannot tell you how fatigued mine were when I woke up Saturday morning. Sit whenever you can. Or, wear flats if you don't mind looking like an unprofessional schlub, I guess.
You'll note there's nothing in here about doing dips on the edge of your hotel bed or turning planks into an ice breaker. That's intentional. I'm not looking to "sneak in" a "workout" when I'm traveling for work. I'm looking to be super efficient with very limited time and get my marathon training crossed off ye olde to do list. Those 15 minute breaks can be used for napping or bellying up to the hotel bar, thankyouverymuch.
Any other tips for being a badass marathoner while traveling for work?