How to Keep the Vacation Vibe

The problem with going on vacation is that the minute you step on the plane bound for home, you lose your buzz.  You’re forced, at 500 mph, into your personal laundry list of tasks and to-do’s that await you.  Bummer.

So is there a way, while navigating the necessities of your day to day reality, to incorporate some of your vacation joy?

Here’s my short list.

1. More beach time.  Some people love mountains.  Some love forests.  Some love the hustle and bustle of a big city.  I like the ocean.

2.  Coffee outside in the morning.  Not always possible – weather wise, but again, worth doing more often.

3.  Wish I could say sleeping in – but we know that’s not going to happen.

4.  Less tv. Now you all know I love me some crappy tv.  But I haven’t watched anything, not even a movie in 10 days.  I realize that on vacation there are too many things to do instead of tv – but even at home there are a lot of better ways I could spend my time than watching tv.  We’ll see how this one goes.

5.  Explore more.  I tend to stick to a 5 mile radius for eating, playing, etc.  Branching out would be good.

So what did you love about your vacation or get away that you could bring back with you?  I’d love to know!

Now go run!

Keli 🌴






The Bare Minimum – Travel Edition

I am pretty disciplined about my workout schedule.  Even on vacation.  Whether a 10 day Hawaiian getaway or a 4 day road trip, I set a plan to get in the bare minimum of exercise each day.

Bare minimum?  Yep.  Just enough to break a sweat and stick to my schedule.  Because let’s be real  here,  we’re on vacation to take a break, get away and spend time with our family and friends.  Not to log 2 hours on a treadmill at the hotel gym. Unless that’s what you like to do.

But since I that’s not my idea of fun while away I set up a vacation plan.

I’m sure you’re not surprised because if you know me by now, I always have at least one plan in place.

  • Pack your workout clothes.  For a 2 or 3 day trip I bring one set of exercise clothes.  For longer trips I’ll bring 2 sets.  Even on a 10 day trip.  Don’t make that face.  Unless you are slogging in the jungle your clothes won’t be too gross.  But if you can’t bear to wear clothes more than once see below for a laundry hack.

Laundry hack – Rinse or wash your clothes. Ring out as much water as you can.  Lay the damp clothes between two towels and then roll them up tight and then twist the ends of the towels to squeeze any extra moisture out.  Keep squeezing.  Remove from towels and hang them on door knobs, on chairs on the porch.  They’ll be dry by morning.  Promise.  

  • Plan your plan.  I like to alternate between a run day and a strength day on my vacations.  Runs are 20 min (10 minutes out and back along a path or looping around the resort).  Strength days incorporate body weight exercises such as squats, pushups, dips, lunges, burpees, jumping jacks, planks, step ups, etc. creating a circuit that I can do 4 or 5 times.  I also try and do 10 min of yoga every other day or so.  Just because I love doing yoga on a beach or pool deck.  I’ll repeat sun salutations or just play around and throw together moves I like.
  • Be adventurous.  If things are offered at your resort give them a go.  Beach Yoga? Water Aerobics?  SUP lessons?  The reason we exercise is so that we can move our body easily through all kinds of activities.  So move it!  Have fun with it!
  • Allow some rest.  Take a day or two off.  The rest is equally as important as the work.

Finally, don’t forget to wear your sunscreen!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Vacation Active-ities

Our family recently (so recent as I’m still here) vacationed in Maui.  I love the islands of Hawaii so much so that I often spend much of my vacation thinking of ways to extend our trip an extra day or two!

Normally I spend a lot of time on the beach or floating a bit in the ocean.  (Having seen the movie Jaws at a young age really screwed with any chance of my being able to truly enjoy being in water over my waist.)

This time, however, would be different.  The first few days at the beach I did a lot of sitting and some floating.  When we rented the stand up paddle boards my ocean fearing self  was ready to go.  Possessing balance and upper body strength is useful in this endeavor so I figured I would be ok.  Actually looking down  into the blue-green waters of the Pacific ocean is what caused my little heart to go pitty-patt.  (Side note: I know it’s the ocean and I know there are sharks and critters all around us, I just prefer they not be directly underneath me at that particular moment.)

My biggest fear was falling in the big blue ocean and not being able to get back up on the board.  So when I fell into the ocean I quickly scrambled my tasty morsel of shark bait right back on the board.  As I got more comfortable on the board I became less wobbly and a teensy less anxious.  I came in after a bit, sat on the beach, watched the kids and ventured back out.  Each time I started out a bit nervous but that went away quickly and I started to actually look down and appreciate how lovely the ocean is.  Every now and then I’d have a quick moment of, ‘what was that?’ but since I didn’t see anyone else swimming quickly to shore I’d keep going.

This shred of confidence carried over.  At the beach the next day I pulled on a mask and ventured out in the ocean.  I swam around, floated and decided to do some ‘laps’ in the ocean.  I swam up and down the beach (not very far from shore) practiced my freestyle, breast stroke, some backstroke and even some Phelps-inspired butterfly.  I spent a lot of time back in the ocean that day – getting comfortable being in the water that much.   Now before you can say ‘it’s a miracle’ I did set down some ground rules.

1.  I needed ‘buffer bodies’.  If there weren’t any snorkelers, surfers, or other people swimming between me and the open ocean I’d wait until there were some out there.  I don’t want to be the only item on the menu.

2. Snorkelers like to swim with and around sea creatures.  And they want to share their findings with others.  If I heard anyone say ‘ come check out these cool turtles and the reef shark’ I was outta there.

So with my ‘out’ in place, I slowly learned to enjoy swimming and playing in the ocean.  Each day at the beach I got a little bolder  and spent more time in the water.  So not only was I having a great time, I was also more active.  And you know I like that.

Whether I can get that comfortable in the chilly waters off the coast of Northern CA is another story, but you can bet your sandy bottom that when we come back to the islands I’ll be ready to go!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂