Training for a marathon is an exciting process. You have a huge goal in mind, you’ve set yourself up for success, and you are sticking to all your milestones. But even with the best of plans, business travel could be a potential hiccup on your path to success. Don’t let your upcoming trip derail your training efforts. Instead, find a way to work these easy, travel-friendly workouts into your routine.

Using the treadmill

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Although treadmill running is notably different than street running, you can still use this hotel gym staple to stay on track with your training. Pacing and stride can be easier to focus on when you’re inside, and you don’t have to worry about traffic or the elements. For a few ideas, check out these treadmill workouts designed for marathon training.

Run outside the box

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One of the best parts about business travel is having the opportunity to explore new cities. One great way to do this is on foot. Take to the streets to see the sights and exercise at the same time. This website offers excellent runs in hundreds of different cities.

Or if the weather is not permitting, take to your hotel's stairwells. Hotel stairs see very little traffic and can offer an intense and rewarding workout when you finally reach that 30th floor.

Go beyond running

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A marathon by definition is a running event. However, that doesn’t mean that it is not advantageous to take part in full-body workouts. Building a strong core can help improve running posture, and many other cardio workouts can help build endurance. If you have any say in it, always attempt to set up accommodations with a gym.

In addition to taking advantage of the tools available in a standard gym, many hotels will also have a swimming pool. Swimming is an excellent full-body workout that can help anyone training for a marathon build stamina and endurance. Just be sure to avoid the most popular family pool times by getting in your swim early in the day.

With focus and dedication, there is no need for business travel to be a hindrance to your triumphant finish line crossing. Just maintain healthy eating, keep drinking lots of water, and find time to exercise, and you will stay right on track.

August 01, 2018 — Brian Maniscalco

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