Well, I got back late Wednesday night from my annual TENNIS vacation in Naples Florida.
The schedule was that every morning we played doubles for 1.5 hours and then had a tennis lesson for 1 hour or vice versa. Play started at 8 am and lessons started at 8:30 am.
Did I run?
Yes! I made it a priority to do so.
In order to run, I had to get up at 6 am and have breakfast and run at 7 am. Not hard at home but when you are living with 4 other women who are up late chatting and watching TV, it is hard to go to sleep early enough. Then it is hard to get up the next morning.
If I was having a lesson first, I ran and came home to change my clothes. But if I was playing doubles first, then I either ran in my tennis clothes or played tennis in my running clothes to save time.
Did I run often?
Yes! 4 times.
- Thursday – 3 miles
- Saturday – 3.5 miles
- Monday – 4 miles
- Wednesday – 3 miles
Were they good runs?
Nope. None were.
It was very very humid and of course, much warmer than I was used to. It was tough to breathe and run. My running got to be walking/running and slower and slower.
Did I enjoy them?
I loved the scenery – the trees, flowers,etc. I loved the sunshine and even the heat.
During each run I took a different route. I ran around the neighborhoods of World Tennis Center (WTC). I ran around the pool area and tennis courts. I ran outside the WTC along the main road in one direction and then another day in the other direction.
What will I do differently next year?
I could get up earlier. But it’s hard when you go out to dinner late and you are hanging out with friends after that.
I could play tennis less. But I know I would miss being out there with my friends – these are my “tennis” friends.
I could just play tennis and not run but I would be upset with myself for NOT running.
I could run after tennis but I know I would be too tired and would be making others wait for me to go to the beach.
So next year, I will probably do the same thing.
Views from my Naples runs:
Suggestions for running while on vacation:
- Be prepared. Bring clothes for all weather conditions.
- Schedule your runs. If you leave it to chance, it won’t happen.
- Be flexible. Sometimes other persons’ needs or desires will come before your running.
- Find a scenic route. Pretty views make all the difference.
- Lower your expectations. Distance & speed goals will probably not happen.
- Register for a race in the area, if possible. Then you will definitely run.
- Have fun.
Happy Running! Do you run while on vacation? What are your favorite summer fruits & veggies?