I traveled to Ohio this past week to visit my family and worked my Boston training around the details of the trip. For me, staying on track when traveling is all about thinking and planning ahead.

Before I left, tried to get on the local Phoenix trails more, knowing I would be indoors a bit more than usual once I was in Ohio. The week began with a 12 mile trail run and a midweek 5 mile hike. Other workouts included speed work, weight training (high rep, low weight), pilates, and spin.

My rest day(s) were planned and taken during my first 2 days at my family’s house. I am a big believer in the importance of cross-training and rest days. A good analogy I like to use is referring to your car. You wouldn’t want to drive it without ever rotating the tires. They would wear out poorly and the car wouldn’t drive as efficiently. Just like the body, we need to work our muscles differently, strengthen the little and supportive muscles, as well as give the mind a healthy break from only running.

Planning ahead is also crucial for me with nutrition during training (and anytime really). If I have an 8 hour day ahead in the airport and on the plane then I make sure and pack enough food to get me through. Thank goodness you can bring pretty much any food (besides something liquid soup-like) through security.

Sweet Blueberry Rice! (serves one)

Ingredients:

Directions:

Cook rice in the rice drink according to package directions. Let stand for 5 minutes. Top with blueberries and cinnamon.

I love this as a breakfast, dessert, or afternoon snack. It’s clean fuel for your workouts or busy days!

I bring my trusted Wholesome Goodness nut mix and an Omega granola bar, in addition to veggies like sugar snap peas, a piece of fruit, and a little side of hummus for extra protein. I buy the largest bottle of water I can find once I’m through security and begin hydrating right away. These snacks and water have always helped me stay energized, healthy, and happy during travels (ever hear of the word “hangry”? Hungry + angry!).

I also like to wear a backpack when traveling because it’s easier to transport your food, laptop, and reading materials and other essentials. I make sure to wear comfy shoes so I can walk the terminal before boarding. I try not to sit until on the plane-this helps my back from hurting, aids the blood flow to the legs, and keeps my energy up.

At the end of my trip, after a rest day and some relaxation, I had the best outdoor, “snowy” run (not really, see the picture) in the cooler, crisp Ohio air. It was fantastic! For me, this reaffirms the need for rest days, proper nutrition and hydration, and not waiting too long between workouts.

Less than 5 weeks to go to Boston!!

 

**JAIME HOLDS A PH.D. IN EDUCATION AND IS A HEALTH COACH WITH THE WELLNESS COUNCIL OF ARIZONA AND A NATIONALLY CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER AND GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR THROUGH NETA.. THOUGH SHE IS NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR, SHE DOES HOLD CERTIFICATES IN NUTRITION FUNDAMENTALS AND HOLISTIC FITNESS IN ADDITION TO HER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH PEOPLE AS A PERSONAL TRAINER AND FITNESS INSTRUCTOR.