Is Skipping a Run Really That Bad?

The short answer to that question is yes.

The plethora of training programs you can find in books and online are filled with tempo runs, speed workouts, long runs and cross training days for a specific reason – to get you ready to run your best race.

If you start selectively picking and choosing which workouts you want to do, you could be tempting fate on race day.

Having said that, most people probably aren’t professional runners. Life can throw you a curve from time to time and that 5:00 AM run you planned to get in before work may not happen if you’re nursing a sick kid back to health, you have to unexpectedly travel for work or any other countless variable that you might encounter. The fact is, even the best laid training schedules will have to work around other events in your life from time to time.

So what happens when life gets in the way and you miss a workout?
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6 Tips For Running on Business Trips

Image courtesy of Ambro /

Image courtesy of Ambro / 


At first blush, trying to stay on schedule while traveling for work sounds like it might be difficult, especially if your work includes late night dinner meetings and/or early morning breakfast meetings and presentations. By planning ahead of time, you can fit it all in, but you’ll have to be as careful about scheduling your runs as you are about scheduling your appointments.

Obviously you want to keep in mind that you’re traveling on your company’s dime and that your work responsibilities take priority, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your running schedule on hold. Here are some tips that have helped me get my weekly mileage in while on the road.
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Running in San Diego Part 2

In part one of running in San Diego, I talked about how easy it was to get excited about running there every day. In this part, let’s take a look at the good and the bad of being a runner in southern California.

The Good

Runners in San Diego are in a great spot for running. Just ask them.

Seriously though, whether I was running along the ocean in Carlsbad or along the water near downtown San Diego, the weather and scenery played a big part in how enjoyable all of my runs were. California also does a good job of accommodating their robust running population. Bike and running paths are relatively easy to find and in my relatively small sampling, there was as many runners out and about than I recall seeing back east…especially this early in the year.
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Running in San Diego part 1

I’ve been in California for the last four days at a conference and in between work obligations  I’ve had a lot of time to think about running. The conference was a blast and while I’m energized and ready to get back to work, some of the inspiration and information I gathered can be applied to your running goals as well.

I hope you enjoy my thoughts on running in San Diego in part 2, which will be ready in the next day or two, but for now, I wanted to share one of the highlights of my trip. On Saturday morning I ran with my aunt Becky’s running group along the coast in Carlsbad. I was kind of bummed when one of the members of the running group told me that the Carlsbad 5000 was being run the next day because it sounded like a fun race, but it would have been impossible to get to the start of the conference I was in town for if I had run it.
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