Every year I seem to have once business trip from heck in the fall. I hope I got it out of the way early this year when I spent the last week of August traveling to San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, and home again–all in four days.
Instead of using my hectic schedule as an excuse to skip my workouts, I looked forward to fitting in fitness between flights.
On Sunday, I took Tiger Lilly for a walk before heading to the airport. After my 6+ hour flight, my legs appreciated the leisurely walk I took along the Embarcadero in San Francisco before heading to my conference in San Jose. (Step count: 14,662)
The perfect cure for jet lag!
On Monday, I woke up at 1:55 am at The Fairmont in San Jose. Since I was heading back east that afternoon, I decided to just get up, so I
piddled around on Facebook did some work until about 5:30 am, when I figured it was an acceptable time to go for a run.
It was still pretty dark, so I stuck to the well-lit streets and saved the river walk for another time. Of course, I planned my 4 mile route to end at the Starbucks near my hotel. (Step count: 17,021, at least half of them looking for the United Lounge at SFO so I could recharge my laptop before my 3 hour flight …)
On Tuesday, I woke up at 5:10 am in Austin. I was staying at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa which was so awesome I’m going to give it its own post next week. 😉 For this post, I will tell you that I did a 45 minute strength routine before my client meeting, and a 1/2 mile hike afterwards. (Step count: 11,996)
On Wednesday, I woke up at 5:40 am at The Fairmont in Dallas. I wasn’t excited about running alone in the dark in a strange city again, so I checked out the hotel gym. I didn’t want to risk aggravating my foot for a run on the hotel treadmill, so I opted for 15 min on the elliptical and a 30 min strength routine. (Step count: 10,382)
Have you ever seen such cheerful free weights?
As I was using the hotel gym, I realized what a money saver it could be.
There were free headphones, which would save me having to pay $3 for headphones on my Virgin America flight home. There were free apples, which would save me at least $1 (the price of a banana at Starbucks). There was a water cooler, which I used to refill my water bottle instead of paying $6 for the water bottle supplied in my hotel room. Fitting in fitness pays for itself!
On Thursday, I woke up in my own bed, and went out for an easy 4 mile run. The unseasonably cool weather and pain-free laps at the track made the wait worth it. (Step count: 10,647)
Overall, I’m pleased that I was able to get some exercise –and at least 10K steps–every day. I’m lucky that I was able to stay at nice hotels with nice facilities, but I also chose to pack my exercise clothes, check out the hotel gyms, and get up early enough to workout before I had to start working.
Have you enjoyed any “freebies” at a hotel gym?