5 Tips for Running When you Travel

Update: This post on 5 Tips for Running When you Travel first appeared in 2015, and I have now updated it, in October of 2018. 

If you are anything like me, you might make excuses when you are traveling for why you can’t go for a run. I have used every logic possible to talk myself out of a run, but in the end, I always regret not running when I travel. When I’m traveling, no matter if it’s by car or air, I always tend to eat more unhealthy than I do at home, and I’m sitting more than I do at home, so if there was ever a time I needed to run, traveling is when it is! So below I have compiled 5 Tips for running when you travel. Enjoy!

5 Tips for Running When you Travel

1.) Research the area: It’s not wise to just take off running from your hotel without knowing a bit about the area. Maybe you could even try to connect with local runners on social media and ask them their favorite routes. Traveling is a great time for exploring a new place! Maybe find a route that has a convenience store you can stop at along the way for a bottle of water, or a park with a scenic trail. Remember, knowledge is power!

2.) Pack well: I know there are a million thoughts going in and out of your head when trying to pack for a trip, and thinking about running gear may be the last thing on your mind. However, if you have everything you need all together in one bag you may be more likely to actually go for a run when you reach your destination. I bring a drawstring bag with my GPS watch, headbands, GU, body glide, sunglasses*, etc. whenever I travel so there is no excuse and no rummaging around in my suitcase. Then it’s just a matter of throwing in a couple running outfits and my shoes!

3.) Be safe: Always tell someone where you plan to run and what time you will be back, even if it’s a text to a friend or a front desk worker at the hotel. Be mindful of your surroundings! If you listen to music, make sure you can still hear your surroundings. You need to be on the lookout, especially in a bigger city where you may be crossing streets or around a lot more cars.

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Stopped at a crosswalk on a group run in Boston at the Healthy Living Summit.

4.) Make time: This is a big one for me! Travel wears me out y’all. The last thing I want to do after a long day of driving or flying is lace up my running shoes! It is important to look at your schedule and pencil in a time to hit the hotel gym or run the roads, or it may not actually happen. Sometimes the only available time is late at night, but it’s a good excuse to get out of your boring hotel room.

5.) Call the hotel: Hotel workers are your friend! Usually, they are super knowledgeable of the area, and can hopefully tell you areas you should probably avoid, or a place where runners go on the weekend to log some longer miles. They may even be able to give you the number of a local running store you can call for help as well. It never hurts to ask!

Thanks for checking out my 5 Tips for Running When you Travel.

QOTD: What is your best tip for running in a new place? To you venture outside or stick to the hotel gym?

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How to Recover a Nursery Glider (the easy way)

Ever since we moved into our house almost a month ago and painted baby M’s nursery, I have been piecing together in my brain items we needed to complete the space. One item that has always been on this list was a glider/rocker and ottoman. The problem with this is that they range in price (for a decent one) from about $250-$450. Already having to spend so much money to get ready for baby, this thought did not make me happy, so I had been putting off the purchase. Then, a couple weeks ago I was browsing a local consignment shop and got a bad cramp in my foot. I immediately was looking for a place to sit down and this glider was right where I was standing.

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So, I sat, and while wincing in pain from my cramp, began to rock and realized hey, this is pretty comfortable! I looked at the price tag….$89 for the chair AND ottoman! Yes please! I took a picture and sent it to Bobby, and he agreed it was a good buy, so it came home with me. Now, I have no idea who owned said glider before me, nor did I want to sit in their baby vomit, so I decided to recover the chair. (Those that know me and my lack of crafty-ness may laugh hysterically now). I started where else, but Pinterest, and found LOTS of cute ideas….but most of them involved a sewing machine, creating arm rests, adding batting, among other things well above my skill level. I quickly changed my search to “recovering a nursery glider with no sewing” and found a few options such as adding velcro and hot glue, using an iron and stick on tape….still a little “eh” on wanting to do something like that for a chair most people will never see. So, I decided to just wing it, and headed to the craft store for some fabric and….something to get it onto the chair, at that point I wasn’t sure what. I came home with two colors of fabric, some VELCRO Brand – Sticky Back Tape and some Uncarded Liquid Stitch, 4-Ounce
…still with no idea how I was going to pull this off.

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Yall, I’m going to give you a warning right now. If you are a crafty person, you may want to stop reading. If the thought of someone not doing something the “right way” makes you want to twitch, you are NOT going to want to read about how I completed this project. I get it, you are very talented in this area and roll your eyes at people like me, and that is fine! I just want to warn you to divert your eyes, or you may end up at my house fixing my chair for me because you just can’t sleep at night.

I started by laying out the fabric and putting the back and bottom cushion on it to see how much I had. Well, I thought I was going to have enough to completely cover the front and back, but I misjudged. Never fear, who is going to see the back anyway? I would make do.

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Apparently Sassy thought it would be a nice place for a nap. I began folding the corners over and started using safety pins to pull it tight, and figured I would come back alter with the velcro or SOMETHING to make it look more professional (haha). Below is what the back cushion looked like after I safety pinned all the way around.

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I did the same with the bottom cushion, then decided to come back to this part later and then moved on to the ottoman. This was a little bit trickier because the fabric was stapled down all around the bottom. I thought about doing the same, but don’t have a staple gun. I did however have a new tube of liquid stitch, so I thought I would give it a go. I basically wrapped the edges like a present, and ran a line of the glue all the way around, and for added support used safety pins on the four corners as well.

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It looks a total mess underneath but I think from the top you can’t tell and it came out nice!

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When I finished that part, I decided to put the cushions on the chair and place the ottoman “just to see how it looked”. Well….my safety pinned cushions didn’t look half bad! Does it look awesome? Absolutely not, but for it’s purposes and my skill set, it looked ok by me. I decided to just leave the safety pins in the cushions and not do anything else to it. That way, if I ever wanted to take the fabric off or change it, it would be fairly simple. But if you don’t have time to do your own remodeling you can go to Voucher Slug to get voucher codes for Laura Ashley furniture.

So…I give you, my safety pinned glider and liquid stitch ottoman!

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So for anyone who is like me, who wants to recover a nursery glider but has no idea how to do it in a simple, non sewing way, remember there is hope! It may not be the prettiest or hold up the longest, but I think it looks better than it did before, and I don’t think baby M will mind it one bit.

QOTD: are you crafty? Have you ever tried to “wing” an art project?