However, planning and a little creativity go a long way in helping squeeze in workouts. We usually visit my husband's parents in Arkansas for the holidays, which is a 11+ hour drive from our home. We left right after I finished work on Thursday and drove for a few hours before stopping overnight at a motel in Illinois. Not surprisingly, it did not have a gym (or sweetener for the coffee that was fewer than 5 years old, by the way). We continued on our journey with about 6 hours of driving ahead of us.
|Gateway Arch in passing|
Not to be foiled, I pulled out my handy iPhone and searched for potential running spots along the way. Springfield, MO seemed like the nearest city that might have a spot. I found a website for Ozark Greenways, which is a trail system in the county. I found a paved 6 mile trail located near a bookstore that my husband could hang out at while I ran (he is used to my somewhat odd behavior!).
The run was cold (37 F) and I managed to wade through a creek during the middle of it. I thought I could cross it on partially submerged rocks, but my plan was foiled by a particularly slippery rock. Aargh! I ended up walking some of the route due to some stomach issues, but completed the 6 miles and then promptly changed into dry clothes and shoes.
The last leg of the drive was a lot easier after getting a workout in. It was a little inconvenient, but going for a run during the trip was definitely worth it.