Keeping Up with Your Fitness Routine When Traveling in Mexico

Almost two years ago I made a commitment to run the 2017 New York City Marathon, which takes place in November every year. I participated in a year-long program in 2016, in order to qualify for the following year’s race, and spent a lot of time training for the races that were involved in this program. About one year ago, after completing the qualifying program, I decided that I was going to leave my job, my apartment, and my New York City life, to travel for at least six months. This led to me officially deciding to move out of New York City for good. When I left the city to travel at the beginning of 2017, I went straight to Mexico, where I spent the next six-plus months. Ultimately, I knew I would be returning to New York City in November 2017 to run the marathon, but I was not sure where I would be in the meantime. I made a pact with myself that no matter what I would train, and I would run. There was no way I was going to give up a goal I had already worked so hard to reach. This meant that I would have to begin a serious training routine by June at the very latest if I wanted to make it through this marathon without collapsing.

My First Few Months in Mexico

At the beginning of my travels I was much laxer about my training schedule. One reason is because I was focusing a lot more on acclimating to my new life style and much less on working out in general. On top of that I was keeping in shape through all of the excursions I was going on to explore my new home. Some of my favorite tours were through Experiencias Xcaret, where I was able to swim in natural springs called cenotes. These are common in certain parts of Mexico and often give you the opportunity to venture into the jungle or small historical villages.

When the Real Training Begins

Due to the fact that I spent the majority of my time in a town in central Mexico that was high up in the mountains, I was dealing with a little bit of altitude adjustment most of the time. On top of that, I was learning how to run in a much hotter, drier, and dustier climate than what I was used to. It took be some time to adjust but my best tip I can give you is to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, being hydrated makes a huge difference when you are struggling with the altitude.

Enjoying the Natural Landscape

Toward the end of my six-month trip, I moved to the west coast of Mexico to live in a small surf town near Puerto Vallarta. My training now took place on jungle roads, a hilly course of winding roads in remote areas full of lush greenery. When you keep your fitness routine going in Mexico, whether it is yoga on the beach, hiking through the mountains, or running jungle roads, make sure you take some time to look around you.