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Running While on Family Vacation

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It’s that time of year again.  Kids are off, weather is hot, and everyone is getting stir crazy.  What does that mean for my house?   Family Vacation or aka Road Trip!  Yes time to get out into the great outdoors and create new life long memories.  Roasting marshmallows, swimming in the lake, and getting the best sleeps of the year.  I love family camping.  This year we were off to Rushing River Provincial Park in Ontario.

I’m sure many of you find it easy to make the time to get in some running while on vacation but for me usually it takes a back seat to family time.  It isn’t that I don’t want to get out and explore the area and hit the trails but that my wife and I had the brilliant idea to have a large family.  Camping sometimes brings out the best/worst of my little hooligans.  Not fair to leave my wife fending for herself as the rest of the crew tags up on her and tries to figure out how they are going to torture her.

Fortunately my wife is pretty awesome;) and made sure I got out for a couple great runs.  As I’m recovering from a hamstring injury I didn’t want to put in huge mileage or run to often but did want to explore.  With her encouragement I made sure I got out and hit the trails.  Boy was I in for a treat.

Although there isn’t a huge amount of trails at Rushing River, they provided the best technical running I have had since I moved to Winnipeg.  Pretty much continuous hills, roots, granite slabs and trail littered with rock.  The uphills were quick but steep and the downhills littered with obstacles.  When I got back to the campsite I mentioned to the wife that it was the funnest and best running I have had in over a year.  Sure no ultra mileage but who cares when every step presents a risk of shattering your ankle.

I believe by not setting up any specific mileage requirements while on a family vacation I allowed myself to relax and enjoy the mileage I did to squeeze in.  Say if I planned on running 12k everyday it may have made me anxious and stressed out my family.  Therefor none of us enjoy the real purpose of the trip, true quality family time.  Now time to start planning the next camping trip.