I often find it a challenge to fit in my training while on vacation. The most important thing I have learned is to be flexible and adapt my training plan so that I am setting smaller more tangible goals and let go the structure that I typically cling to when I at home and in my regular routine. I am fortunate, however, that my family knows that training is a priority to me and they are very supportive. This trip both Grandma's were happy to help out for early morning outings as we ended up renting a house from Sayultialife.com that would accommodate 8 of us comfortably. It had a kitchen so we could cook and a pool so the kids would have endless hours of fun when we weren't at the beach. We made fresh homemade salsa and guacamole almost every day. We also cooked things like BBQ shrimp (the size of our heads) and mahi mahi tuna.
I didn't have time to get any "long" runs in, so I made up the mileage by running shorter runs, more frequently through-out the week and got up between 5:00 & 6:00am so I could be back by the time the family was getting up and we could have breakfast the rest of the day together with my workout out of the way. Not to mention is was so friggen hot and humid by 9am it was worth it to get up early :)
My sister'n'law, Jana, is also a runner so between her and my husband, I usually had a running partner to explore with. The downside is that Sayulita doesn't have a lot of options. It is a super small little village, so we were limited. Not to mention it was mostly cobblestone streets and any dirt roads we found were as hard a concrete. So basically we had 'roads' to tour on only.
DAY 1 (off)
We all slept in because we sat up on the roof top the night before having a few Pacifico's. Our flights arrived later in the afternoon into Puerto Vallarta and then we drove 45min to Sayulita. So it was nice to make our first morning a lazy one.
DAY 2 (75min + 20 min of stability/mobility band work)
We went and explored the village and surrounding hills. We were trying to get up to a certain repeater tower on Nanzal hill. Once we found it, it was worth it. It was a paved/cobblestone road that only climbed 330feet, but it was better than flat road and the view at the top was beautiful.
DAY 3 (60min + 25min yoga)
Trent and I headed back to Nanzal Hill and did 3 quick repeats. We booked a charter| whale watching tour so we had to be back by 8am.
I headed out on my own for a quickie. I kept it short and stuck close to our house. I found a new fun little loop that ran along the coast and by this beautiful cemetery. It has a dirt road/hill that was a great grade for running up. I planned to go back to do repeats another day.
DAY 5 (75min)
Trent, Jana and I headed out on what we now called the 'cementary loop.' We did 3 repeats and on the 2nd repeat took a detour that lead us up some more hills and down to a secluded beach.
We were hit with Monsoon's Revenge. I made it 50 meters before turning back to use the washroom. yikes!
DAY 7 (20min of stability and mobility work)
I was up during the night with my Mom as she was sick. My nephew and brother'n'law were also sick, so we all stayed close to home and helped look after the sickies.
DAY 8 (95min/2200 feet)
Trent and I did 5 repeats on Nanzal hill. On our way back home, we ran over to see Victorino, a local artist who I hired to create a custom painting for me. It was his 2nd day working on it and it was really starting to come to life!
DAY 9 (70min)
Trent and I headed back out on the ol' cemetery loop and then picked up Carter at the the house and he came and did a repeat up Nanzal Hill with us. He is such a good little runner! We just love that we can run together as a family :)
For anyone looking for a fun holiday destination in Mexico I recommend Sayulita. Surfing, paddle boarding, really friendly and safe. There are lots of great houses to rent with one bedroom to 5-6 bedrooms and they're reasonably priced. Here are a few more fun shots from this great little village and our holiday...
All sorts of positive signs and paintings in the town
huge farmers market with fresh fruit, music and crafts
*follow your D R E A M S*
Thanks for reading and good luck to all of you out there who balance training and family time while on holidays or just in daily life too! We're lucky that our lives are filled with the love and joy that our children/family and our outdoor pursuits do. Best of both worlds!