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Running Is The Easiest Travel Workout + This Week’s Workouts

Even with the Christmas holiday this was a good workout week for me. One of my favorite things about running is that you can do it anywhere with minimal equipment and minimal time. No driving to a gym or yoga studio, you can just head out of the door and go. It’s always my default workout of choice when I’m traveling. I got a couple of really good runs in this week.


Here’s the overview of this week’s workouts.


Hot Vinyasa Yoga

Tuesday (Christmas Eve)

1 mile run + CrossFit + Squats

I warmed up one mile on the treadmill then did the following CrossFit workout.

Row 500
50 sit ups

Box jumps
Push ups

50 sit ups
Row 1000

It took me right at 16 minutes. I was really excited that I was able to keep a steady pace on the rower right around 2:10. Big improvement for me. After the WOD I did my squats for the week. I did 85 back squats at 75 pounds (broken up into sets of 10 or 15).

Wednesday (Christmas Day)

4 mile run


4 mile run before leaving Georgia to head back to Charlotte, 30 minutes of yoga


Pretty running scenery in downtown Milledgeville, Georgia. This is Georgia Military College. It was founded in 1879. Isn’t the architecture beautiful?


1 mile run + CrossFit + GHD Sit Ups & Jumping Lunges

I warmed up one mile on the treadmill and then did this upper body torture WOD.

15 min AMRAP:

3 power cleans
7 pull ups
10 push ups

I did the cleans at 95 pounds which was pretty heavy for me. The only reason I could go that heavy was the small rep count. I had to try really, really hard every single rep to get it up. I actually failed twice getting my last rep up in the last round. Muscle failure is such a crazy feeling. I used a thin purple band for the pull ups and did the push ups on my toes. I ended up getting 9 rounds done in 15 minutes.


After the WOD I did five sets of 10 GHD sit ups and 10 jumping lunges to finish out my workout for the day. It was such a great day in the gym for me and my arms were shaking after that WOD. I am still feeling it two days later.



I kept it a light day after the running and lifting and took a 60 minute (non-heated) class before I taught at Om Yoga. It was exactly what my body needed.


I haven’t decided yet! I’m going to walk the pup after I write this post and then maybe a run or a yoga class. I also need to clean out my closet so that may become a workout as well. 🙂

What is your travel workout of choice? 

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  • She Rocks Fitness December 29, 2013, 3:10 pm

    I love going home and being able to run the country roads. It’s such a nice change up and like you said, it is kind of no brainer. I just head out the door and go. It got me craving longer runs again and hoping to do some this week. I was also grateful that one of my clients in NJ let me use her equipment after I trained her. 🙂

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy December 29, 2013, 3:41 pm

    Yep, running is the best 🙂

  • Lisa @ runningoutofwine December 29, 2013, 4:41 pm

    Definitely running! You can do it anywhere, and its a great way to see a new place when traveling!

  • R December 29, 2013, 5:02 pm

    The closet can definitely be a workout!!! You should sell items you no longer want!!! I saw this on another blog and it went over really well….

  • Teri [a foodie stays fit] December 29, 2013, 5:03 pm

    I love running on vacation and also trying out new yoga studios! My schedule is so much more flexible when I’m on vacation so I like to try new studios and new classes. I got my butt kicked at some yoga classes while in Utah last week! 🙂

    And seriously, that architecture is gorgeous. 🙂

    Glad you had a merry Christmas! xo

  • Malory December 29, 2013, 5:43 pm

    I love running in new places! There’s always something to look at!

  • Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves December 29, 2013, 5:54 pm

    My workout of choice is a quick, HIIT workout using mostly bodyweight exercises. For the same reasons you love running— no equipment, quick, and can be done (almost) anywhere!
    Looks like you totally rocked your workouts! Nice job with those 75# squats and 95# power cleans!

  • Kim Smith December 29, 2013, 6:36 pm

    My friend and I were so excited to see that you are teaching at Omyoga now!! We came with some friends a couple of years ago to your Christmas Eve class at lululemon and loved it…We are both a little out of practice, but are hoping to make it to your class next Saturday morning!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 29, 2013, 7:08 pm

    I can’t wait until my stress fracture heals and I can get back to running again! I’m planning on doing a half marathon this spring and I’m excited to get training 🙂

    I’ve started using the rower recently and it is such a good workout! Definitely gets my heart rate up.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 29, 2013, 9:11 pm

    Nothing like a Christmas morning run 🙂 I did pretty good with my workouts this week but I am looking forward to a new week and new goals!

  • Kelly - IRUNLIKEAGIRL December 29, 2013, 10:52 pm

    agreed! haven’t been home in over a week, so there’s been a lot of extra (freezing cold) miles at the south pole (new york).

  • karla @ finding my fit December 30, 2013, 10:03 am

    I used to run 4-6 times a week and now I average that a month. Ever since hurting my knee and now doing crossfit I really struggle with logging the miles.
    That upper body WOD looks like torture–nice work!

    I am looking at moving to Charlotte. I need something new and an adventure!

  • Amy December 30, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Well, my friend and I did your Tuesday workout and added your 5 rounds of 10: jumping lunges and jump squats. WHEW BOY! That was a good one. Kept our heart rate high the entire time, especially on the jumping lunges and squats.

    We love your workouts. They always appear to be easier on your blog than they actually are. Ha! Thanks for always posting your workouts! Keeps us going! We like the crossfit type workout – that way we can do it on our lunch hour.

    Amy & Bre

  • Sara December 31, 2013, 5:26 pm

    I used to work at GA Military! As I was scrolling through this post I thought “Huh, that looks like GMC” and then was surprised to see it was! I don’t miss Milledgeville much, but I miss the pretty campus!

  • Yasmeen December 31, 2013, 7:54 pm

    Going for walks is my quick & convenient way to keep fit & active. Also great to clear my mind & spend some time away from the hustle & bustle of every day life. I’m trying to gain weight so staying clear of cardio but you do inspire me. Even during holiday week you managed to workout every day! I’m hoping to start doing some Yoga too!

    Early Morning Walks – http://themirroraffects.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/early-morning-walks.html?m=1

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