We’ve literally driven from one coast to another (and seemingly everywhere in between).
Most of our trips are by car and include the whole family. Here’s how we stay healthy (and sane) while traveling across the country with our kids.
How We Stay Healthy On the Road
- We always bring an ice chest. Obviously this works better when you’re driving. The food we bring usually includes: baby carrots, almonds or other nuts, cucumber, avocado, meat and cheese, yogurt, apples, hard boiled eggs, UCAN bars, kombucha, etc. We try to limit our eating out to once per day for budgetary and health reasons.
- Water bottles for all. We must have 5 gallons of water at all times 🙂 Angie’s rule is that WATER MUST BE ACCESSIBLE! We typically only let our kids have water in the car (much easier if it spills) and at restaurants (to avoid the post-sugar wildness).
- We try to control our sleep environment (sound machines, pillows from home) and get as much rest as possible. This is especially important in the days leading up to a marathon. If you can stay at a nice (yet affordable) hotel like the Drury Hotels it’s like a travel oasis at the end of a long day in the car.
- For stiffness after a marathon we run around at rest stops and do some brief stretching. We also travel with a lacrosse ball for targeting sore areas. It’s also helpful to do as much walking as possible. Try to park further away from your destination and take the stairs if possible.
- Angie brings all her normal supplements on the road to maintain as much normalicy as possible. Taking Tissue Rejuvinator after a race is very effective in reducing inflammation. She also travel with Young Living Essential oils like Thieves to support the immune system, peppermint for the digestive system and lavender which is helpful for promoting relaxation.
- Wearing compression socks can help with stiffness after a marathon. If you can do an ice bath post-race that really helps too. I often travel with a baggie of Epsom salt to do a bath the day after the race to reduce soreness.
- We bring movies for the kids and headphones for our own mental sanity along with books. We will also do a quiet reading hour once a day when the children are not allowed to talk. This often makes them fall asleep (which any parent will know is a beautiful thing).
- Most of our vacations are “runcations” which makes them inherently more healthy. We also try to look for educational experiences for our kids, like seeing state capitals or whatever the area is known for.
I’m trying to convince Angie that we should buy a motorcoach and spend a year on the road traveling to marathons and National Parks. What do you think?
Great idea! My husband and I did that for 4 months recently and had a great time. I was able to run in 3 races: Leadville 10K, Missoula Marathon and the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 55K Trail Race!
Fun! You went to some beautiful places. Our paths might have crossed this summer since we were at Leadville and drove through Missoula.
I also recommend having a rolling stick and foam roller with you.
Wise words Brian. They make small travel size foam rollers (I’ve seen them at race expos).
I have used compression sleeves after each of my marathons and sometimes after a tough long run. But last week I ran a mostly downhill marathon (Canyon City Marathon in Azusa CA) and my quads were killing me for days. I wish I had compression recovery tights.
Have you ever used compression recovery tights? If so, would you recommend them? They can be pretty pricey ($110+ on Amazon).
~ Run with joy!
Thanks for the comment Greg. We don’t own compression tights. Angie said this is what she would get:
CEP Recovery+ Pro Tight http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CYGF2QA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1ETOST9GHFOLW&coliid=I31I3JQ6JP02H8&psc=1
Yes, they are pricey.