Run Nelly Run

Run Nelly Run

Running through life as self-proclaimed house wife, mother, homeschooler, and wanna-be chef

Eating Right & Running While Traveling

As an avid runner and celiac/dairy-forgoer….eating healthy and going for a daily run is as important to me as brushing my teeth twice a day!  vacationing is no exception to the rule, (don’t get me wrong…I have fun and relax too…just much happier when I’ve eaten well and fit in activity).

How do I make it a priority?  Here is a few suggestions to make running and eating right possible while away:

  1. Clearly define ahead of time with your traveling buddies your wants/needs.  My husband and boys know that Mom is a better human being when I’ve been fueled properly as well as gotten in my daily run.  They benefit too from eating well…it’s a win win.
  2. If you are not familiar with your vacation destination…look online beforehand…or do what I did; look online and see if there is a local running group in the area and inquire about joining in on a run if possible.
  3. There is no better way to get familiar with your new surroundings then putting on a pair of running shoes and running through the town streets…Ryan is constantly amazed on how I know exactly where the local coffee stop is or park for the boys to expend their extra energy…it’s all about hitting the road and exploring!
  4. Look on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Chances are if you’re headed to a big enough/popular location their is a local eatery that is worth talking about.  I found the Lotus Cafe by looking up on triple D…it did not disappoint!
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    Breakfast: Vegan, gluten-free eggs benedict. You guys it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I only wish we lived next door to this cafe!

     

    Trout had their blue corn hot cakes... bear shaped and cinnamon-ladened goodness!

    Trout had their blue corn hot cakes… bear shaped and cinnamon-ladened goodness!

     

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  5. If you find an eatery that works…don’t be afraid to go back again, and again.  When I was in Duluth for Grandmas Marathon I found a great local eatery that was celiac/food-allergy friendly.  Everyone in the family loved the food and we decided that it was better to make a repeat appearance rather then risk an upset stomach somewhere else, (there menu was so diverse that it was not hard to have something new every time…I may have limited options but I do like variety when I can get it).
  6. Throw aside your gamins/phone-apps and just go with the feeling and  intent on a never experienced running journey, (or in my case this go around; a familiar run that made me feel at home all over again).  Running isn’t always about what time you’ve put in or how many miles you’ve gone…it’s about putting the numbers aside and getting back to the basics…running because you love it!
  7. Always pack your running gear first! If you make sure that you have the proper clothing, shoes, and anything else you desire for running…it is easy to make it a priority once you’ve arrived.
  8. Pack snack foods to take along in case you can’t find anything that is up-to-snuff while you’re away.  Maybe you’re the lucky one who can eat out and still feel great; however, it is wise to pack healthy snacks so that you can fuel properly before and after your run, (I don’t like to risk any stomach snafus on my outings…especially if there is no place to make an emergency pit-stop)

Hope this list helps! Now for some vacation/home-away-from-home pictures!

Running selfie...not perfected by any means! trying to capture the excitement I felt to be back in WY....the place where my heart truly belongs!

Running selfie…not perfected by any means! trying to capture the excitement I felt to be back in WY….the place where my heart truly belongs!

 

The best view on earth! how can you not want to run with scenery like this?

The best view on earth! how can you not want to run with scenery like this?

 

finishing up; Ryan was kind enough to snap some action shots

finishing up; Ryan was kind enough to snap some action shots

 

teared up when I saw this sign! my old neighbor hood!

teared up when I saw this sign! my old neighbor hood!

 

our trips aren't all about mom running; my boys have plenty of fun!

our trips aren’t all about mom running; my boys have plenty of fun!

 

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Aunt Lindsey showing Ryan how to ride the dino PBR style =)

 

The dino was a hit...if you couldn't tell!

The dino was a hit…if you couldn’t tell! ps…Bodhi got an “official” cowboy hat from a very special lady and has not taken it off since!

 

Trout was really loving the slide...it was slick...didn't scare our little dare-devil one bit

Trout was really loving the slide…it was slick…didn’t scare our little dare-devil one bit

Tomorrow we are hopeful for another fun day exploring WY.  I am also hoping to head to the local gym, (where I used to go every day) and get Ryan to join me for some strength training….we’ll see….

Peace.love.running from the Mountains!

Do you like to run while on vacation?

Why do you like to run on vacation?

Is eating healthy tricky for you while away? or do you just throw caution to the wind?

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