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2013-12-22 5:00 PM

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Sitting and watching the sunset in Jamaica thinking when on vacation who else runs and swims. And if you run do you run outside or a treadmill. I for one love running on the beach as the sunrises. I also like swimming in the ocean as I get strange looks when I do laps in the pool.


2013-12-22 6:36 PM
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Do what ever you want, you're on vacation. However I also get strange looks while swimming in the pool... naked.

2013-12-22 6:59 PM
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I almost always run and/or swim on vacation if I can find anywhere safe to do so and it fits into our plans for the day without impacting others too much. For me it's less a matter of training than another way to experience and explore a place. I usually get up early to run and will do so unless there is too much traffic, we are planning an early start (sometimes the case on bike tours), or I'm in a place where it would be weird for a Western woman to run (i.e. a remote village). I had awesome runs last summer on country roads, along bike paths, and up trails to castles in Austria and Italy, around the Vondelpark in central Amsterdam, and along a canal elsewhere in Holland. Even did a 7-mile run of numerous laps around a tiny park in Shanghai. Parks and bike paths are generally the best bet if not sure where to go. Early AM and evening one can find runners in most places, even in the developing world.

I've done "workouts" in hotel pools in numerous countries. (You can get a workout doing lots of butterfly; it helps to swim early or late in the day if you don't like stares and don't want to bother leisure swimmers.) Occasionally I've found a public pool and joined lap swim there. I have taken a wetsuit on vacation twice. Have had great OWS in Idaho, California, Hawaii, Vietnam, Singapore, Austria, Slovenia, and Italy. I will swim if the water looks clean and calm, locals are out there swimming, and there are lifeguards in evidence. Sports/outdoor stores in most places are a good source of info about safe places for running and, sometimes, OWS. There is also a lot of info online for most places.

Don't recall ever using a treadmill on vacation; occasionally will do so if I'm at a conference for work and can't fit an outdoor run into the day. I run and swim not just for training but because I enjoy it. Not so for the treadmill!

2013-12-23 6:00 AM
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Originally posted by peby

Do what ever you want, you're on vacation. However I also get strange looks while swimming in the pool... naked.

I almost spit out my coffee!

I workout daily on vacation. It is my time and I enjoy it. Nothing really hard though, just for the "fun" of it. 

2013-12-23 6:49 AM
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I have always tried to fit in the gym, if a hotel has one...or running while on vacation. Even 20 or 30 minutes, it can be doable, if you fit it in before your day gets started. But, it's also perfectly OKAY to take a break, too...it's a vacation.
2013-12-23 7:46 AM
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I just returned from Jamaica. I had all sorts of intentions to get a least a little exercise in while I was down there. I got one short swim in the ocean in and that was it. It was nice to just relax for the week, but I'm having trouble getting my motivation back now that I'm home


2013-12-23 8:23 AM
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I'll get plenty of running in on my next vacation.

2013-12-23 11:43 AM
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I like running on vacation because generally I get to learn about neighborhoods and out of the way places I might never find while in a car

2013-12-23 12:54 PM
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I like running on vacation because generally I get to learn about neighborhoods and out of the way places I might never find while in a car




Having running-specific amenities seems to be getting more common. I've been to a few hotels that handed out maps of the area with route maps for specific distances (1 mile, 3, miles, 5 miles, etc.) and one or two that had towels and bottled water available at the front desk or in the lobby.

Hotel pools aren't usually so great for laps unless you're out there really really early, but sometimes you get lucky. My most memorable swim was in an outdoor pool in Montreal in February. To enter the pool, you climbed down a ladder into a tank inside the locker room, then swam through an opening underwater to get outside. It was below zero but the pool was heated and I swam for about an hour late at night, with huge clouds of steam billowing off the water. It was pretty cool.
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