I spent the majority of last week in San Francisco for work, which was fantastic. I’m still just giddy about my job and really enjoyed the trip and meeting so many great people. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities, and even more so these days since I have a couple of close friends that live in that area now.
I had two nights free where I was able to spend time with friends.My running buddy Anna and I had an awesome dinner at La Mar, and I was able to meet up with Courtney and Brent and meet their little boy! We had an awesome dinner at the Fog Harbor Fish House before wandering up to Ghiradelli Square for some dessert.
On vacation, I rarely have a schedule. I can run when and where I feel like it, sometimes visit a local yoga or barre studio, and frequently run a race when I’m traveling for fun. I don’t have the same flexibility (or sleeping without an alarm luxury!) to do that with work trips.
Last week’s prescribed workouts followed the same general format as weeks 1-4 of half marathon training, but I only fit in one run from Monday through Saturday. The jet lag and lack of sleep messed with me a whole lot more than I was anticipating, and I just didn’t have the energy. But, the one run that I got in on Wednesday morning was lovely!
I ran along the water from my hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf to the ballpark and back (about 6 miles), stopping at the Ferry Building for some Blue Bottle Coffee and black label G.T.’s Kombucha (I can’t find black label in NC!) before heading back to my hotel and getting ready for the day.
I think I’ll be traveling on a somewhat regular basis, and I’m sure in time I’ll figure out the whole sleep/jet lag/no energy thing. I’m sure not getting enough sleep the night before my flight west and then TOTALLY overdoing it on coffee that first day did not help matters. I wish I could sleep on planes, but I just can’t, so I have to try other tricks.
I got home Thursday night and was still too sleepy Friday and Saturday to work out. I finally made myself go for an easy 5 miler today. So, I definitely did not stick to the training plan. But, I’m just trying to switch my mindset and think of it as a recovery week. Life happens! However, I am going to think through some tactics to make it a bit easier to more closely follow my training plan even when I have trips.
Do you struggle with jet lag?Any tips to lessening the jet lag fatique, or any tips for fitting in fitness when you’re not on an anything-goes travel schedule?