Five ways to refresh your running

We’re nearing the end of our two week travels catching up with family and friends on the east coast, including a kid-free, unplugged early anniversary trip through the Finger Lakes region the last few days.

I’m feeling refreshed from the extra time for relationships, rest and care-free running.

One of the best aspects of running while traveling is the opportunity to explore and appreciate new routes.ย  After living in a city or small town for the last 7 years, I am in awe of the beauty of the countryside when we visit both sets of L’s grandparents.ย ย  It reignites my love for running.

Here’s a few of the scenes from my runs in PA and NY:


I incorporated some of my favorite ways to refresh my love for running in this trip:

  1. Fresh Scenery: Change up your usual route and take in your surroundings
  2. New running buddies: Thanks to willing grandparents, I got to run (kid-free) with my husband several times for the first time in years!
  3. Temperature changes: After fighting heat and humidity all summer in Texas, I was thrilled with the cooler mornings
  4. Go gadget-free: I accidentally forgot my Garmin and enjoyed not worrying about paces, even during my tempo runs and bursts of speed work
  5. Take a break from your training plan: I embraced the opportunity to run when I could, and ran for the enjoyment of the experience

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Do you enjoy running on vacation? How do you refresh your love for running?

41 thoughts on “Five ways to refresh your running

  1. I love being able to run with my husband when we are at grandparents’ houses! We weren’t able to do that on our recent family trip, but over Christmas…..Beautiful pictures–I like the covered bridge one the best.
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  2. I love that you and your husband got to run together. I think every once in a while it is good to not run with your garmin. Whenever I don’t run with mine I feel less pressure. I get competitive with myself even on training runs. My favorite place to run is at the beach when I go home to visit my parents.
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  3. Such beautiful scenery:) Great tips! I am always envious of those who post such amazing running pics. The scenery near my house isn’t so great. I guess I will have to drive somewhere to get good views:)
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  4. Sounds and looks fantastic! I completely relate to getting that cooler weather break for running–so nice, isn’t it? I like your tips, too. Nothing like new routes to reinvigorate a runner!
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  5. Looks like a great place to run ๐Ÿ™‚ I try to take a break after a marathon and not run with gadgets to recovery for a month after a big race. I also think that finding a new exercise in place of some running helps too.
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  6. Beautiful! Isn’t it nice to run on a new path, route or trail!? I love it and find it a very great way to get to know a new place in a way you wouldn’t otherwise! I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation!
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