Now watcha gonna do?
It’s tempting to do all the things when you go on racecation, but if you actually want to race, you’ll be better served by taking it easy. That doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself in your hotel room!
This may seem conterintuitive, but the truth is most walking tours cater to people of all fitness levels and aren’t actually all that taxing. Of course you can find free, self guided walking tours on Pinterest and online, but tour guides are often very passionate about their cities and it’s a fun way to explore.
If you have more time and you need to get in a last run or two, a running tour may just be the ticket. Group running tours may be a crap shoot when it comes to pace, but private ones will cater to your pace. Just like walking tours, you’ll learn a lot about the city you’re in — but you’ll cover a lot more area!
Food tours are the best of all worlds: it’s not just about the food, you’ll learn about the city, too. There usually isn’t that much walking, and you get to sample a lot of food — definitely enough for a meal.
Our cell phone obsessed world just loves to take photos, right? A photography tour may guide you to places you would have trouble reaching on your own. They’ll be your sherpas, and they’ll probably stop at some cool local place for lunch that you wouldn’t have found on your own, too.
Hop on/Hop off Tours
Many larger cities have a hop on/hop off tour, which is exactly like it sounds: you can get on and off at multiple stops for one fee, which is a good way to explore without doing too much walking (or driving, and struggling to find parking at multiple stops). Some cities even have free trolleys that are hop on/hop off.
Hire a Guide
One of the best experiences I ever had on vacation was hiring a guide for a hike and a private yoga lesson in Sedona, AZ. Seriously, it was amazing! Google hiking guides and see what you find.
You may want to make sure you don’t do too much walking, but maybe you’d like to try some yoga or pilates or other non taxing workouts. Check out Classpass here and Groupon here before you go to sign up for new experiences (Groupon has way more than just fitness, of course, that’s how we booked our food tour in Savannah).
Don’t forget to ask at the front desk, too. They may have recommendations — they may even have a deal with a nearby gym.
Although remember, nothing new before your race, so be careful!
Do you have anything to add to my list?
What’s your favorite vacation memory?
How do you stay active on racecation but not too active?
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