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Guest Blog: Pack Smart to Run Happy for Your Holiday Travels

This is a guest blog from Brittany at Pumps and Plaid.


When we travel, our daily routine is automatically thrown off. We’re sleeping in a different bed, probably waking up at a different time, drinking different coffee (gasp), and probably not working out.

That seems to be the first thing we throw away; our workout when we travel. But why? Some of us claim there isn’t time when we’re trying to see as many sights as possible. Some of us claim it’s because we need more rest, so we sleep in instead of going for a run or to the gym. Some of us just want to be on vacation and on vacation we don’t work out. Honestly, they’re all valid answers. I’m a firm believer that we shouldn’t do anything we don’t want to do when we’re on vacation. That’s why it’s called a vacation.

BUT I think it’s time we started being honest with ourselves and admitting that no matter what we have going on, we feel SO MUCH BETTER when we get some exercise. In all reality, it helps adjust to time difference much faster. It actually gives you energy for all the sightseeing/kiteboarding/shopping you might want to do. And it doesn’t have to take an hour and a half. A 30 minute run, even a 20 minute run; just getting your heart pumping is better than nothing. And the real reason: we’re going to eat that croissant at breakfast, have that extra wine at dinner (and probably lunch), and definitely eat that dessert. Because: vacation.

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Brittany wearing the Cascadia Shell and Ghost 9 GTX shoes outside the Palladian Hotel.

Another reason I’m guilty of is space in my suitcase. My excuse for not bringing my workout clothes is that I just don’t have room. But we take our “athleisure” to the streets at home, so why not do it on vacation? I guarantee if you take out a pair of jeans and a sweater and replace it with your leggings and running jacket, it’ll take up less space and you’ll have two outfits in one. Brooks gear looks great, and there is even something for pretty much any type of weather you can think of.

The Seattle Tight is a classic for wetter weather (hence the name), paired with the waterproof Cascadia Shell and Ghost 9 GTX shoes, you’ll be ready for all the puddle jumping you can stand.

When I’m thinking about running outside, or being out in the elements all day when traveling, even more than getting wet, I’m concerned with being cold. The Threshold Tight and Threshold Long Sleeve are so much cozier than they let on just by looking at them. I might even carry them over into my essentials for skiing in the winter. And I have been so impressed with the LSD Thermal Jacket. Whether I’m dashing to my car in the cold, or going for a run in the chilly morning, it’s my go-to, and it hasn’t let me down yet as far as keeping me at a comfortable temperature. And for the absolute worst part about being outside in the winter: cold ears! But the Greenlight Headband will take care of that.

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Brittany wearing the Threshold Long Sleeve.

So really, the bottom line is, we have no more excuses. Working out when we travel is a win-win all around, and if you swap out an outfit or two for a great looking, comfortable (Brooks) running outfit, you’ll actually have more room in your suitcase for all the shopping you’ll inevitably do. Happy Travels!

About the Author

I live in Seattle, where I was born and raised. I lived in Los Angeles for two and a half years, and decided there wasn’t enough rain (or plaid) for me. I lived in Missoula, Montana for five years (during and after college), and I did a small stint in Greece for a summer with one of my best friends, where we drank too much ouzo and got our skipper’s licenses. (Don’t be fooled, I can’t sail a boat).

I crave change, so I’m always re-arranging the furniture in my living room, since it’s a little impractical to move every three months. I do wear pumps with my plaid, I take cream in my coffee, I prefer snow on my mountains, and I put hot sauce on everything I can get away with.

Read more about Brittany and check out her blog at Pumps and Plaid.

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The Brooks Blog regularly features stories from our athletes, running partners and friends who exemplify Run Happy.
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