Since I have been teaching sunrise-early barre classes lately, I spend a good amount of my morning at either studio four to five days a week. I only have one class on Mondays, and this week I made the most out of my thirty minute trip across town by going for a run around Park Avenue in Winter Park.
Winter Park is one of my favorite places to walk, run and explore in Orlando.
Whether I’m looking for a nice restaurant, a shopping strip, or a location to take photos, I have enjoyed the shops and scenery of the avenue for years.
Photo credit: Lauren Watai
I ran my first 10K down the Avenue and through the surrounding neighborhood.
Scott and I frequent their Saturday morning Farmer’s Market.
It even served as the perfect location for our Rock the Dress Photo Shoot. <- click to watch our fun video slide show!
Photo credit: Elegant Imagery
Since training for my first half marathon, I have enjoyed running outside more than ever. Whenever I am out and about before 9 a.m., I often take a look around to scope out new running routes and areas to try out.
You might recall my Running For Beginners Q&A Video a few months ago. In this post, I listed a few tips on how to avoid skipping training days while retaining motivation to keep going… even when the going gets tough.
A few of my tips include:
• Get in a workout/running routine that works for YOU and your schedule.
• Plan your runs ahead of time.
• Sleep in your running clothes the night before a morning run.
• Bring a set of gym/running clothes and shoes with you.
• Drink plenty of water. Sometimes we don’t realize we are dehydrated and loose steam easily.
• Run with friends!
I bolded the bring a set of running clothes with you because that is exactly what I did on Monday to show my running on-the-go concept. I also did two other things: planned my run ahead of time and made sure to hydrate. Doing these steps helped me enjoy one of my favorite runs outside to date.
I started the first half mile running down to Park Avenue, then looped around for another mile and a half before turning around to head back. From what I remember, I covered a lot of the same ground from the 10K, and the neighborhoods were just as beautiful as I remember.
Around 8 a.m. was the perfect time to squeeze in a morning run, and since I was already close to a great running route, I took advantage of it! Next time, I know I can go another quarter mile before I turn around to make it an even five.
I ran 4.5 miles in 39 minutes and felt great!
And that, my friends, is running on-the-go. Simple to grasp and easy to do!
Question of the Day
Do you ever take a set of “just in case” workout or running clothes with you?
When I used to work full days at an office, I had to take my gym clothes with me at the beginning of the day. If I didn’t, the workout or run never happened because I would go home and never want to leave. Planning ahead and incorporating on-the-go runs have been my key to a successful training schedule.