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Fitting my run in

by Meghann on July 2, 2013

When I enthusiastically said “YES!” to the Hilton HHonors Great Getaway adventure a couple of months ago, I knew I would need to squeeze in a long training run while I was adventuring it up in Orlando. I’m no stranger to running while on vacation (I’ve even done an 18 mile training run while traveling in Tallahassee), so I was up for the challenge (and additional adventure of running somewhere new).

After I got back to the hotel after dinner on Saturday night, I hopped on the computer and mapped out my route for the following morning using DailyMile. I was aiming for a 6-8 mile route that would be easy to remember.

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I actually used a mix of DailyMile and Google Maps to find my route. I started creating one route when I realized I wasn’t sure if the roads I were choosing had sidewalks or not. Thanks to Google Maps, I realized they didn’t. I had to start from scratch and found a route that was 100% sidewalk and even made a nice big loop around the area.


What do you use to map your running routes?

If you ever stay at Hilton Grand Vacations at Sea World, and need an 8 mile route, I saved a copy on DailyMile (here). The route takes you up International Dr, then back down Turkey Lake Road. It’s fairly shaded on the International Dr side and quiet on the Turkey Lake side. It was a nice, enjoyable loop.

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I set my alarm for 6:15 with a goal of getting out the door at 6:30. The sun was still rising when I left and it wasn’t unbearably hot just yet.


I’ve run everywhere over Orlando, but this was my first time running down International Drive. It’s the tourist central area of Orlando that most locals avoid at all cost. At night the traffic is crazy and the sidewalks are crammed with people. At 6:30 in the morning, it was quiet and peaceful. I saw a couple of other runners out and about, but not much else.


I was surprised how good I felt out there. I wish I could run a different route every weekend for training, it would make the miles go by so much faster. I thought for sure my legs would be sore after all the walking and horseback riding we did yesterday, but my legs felt fine. I even managed to keep a fairly decent 9:00 min/mile pace.


I finished up my run just before 8:00, which gave me plenty of time to shower and pack before meeting the #HHGetaway gang one last time for breakfast (I stopped at the hotel store for Powerade before the shower).


I had so much fun getting to know Lisa and Karissa this trip! Always a pleasure to get to know other bloggers!

We kept breakfast casual and got sandwiches to go from the deli. I had a bacon, egg, and cheese croissant with a fruit cup on the side.


Then it was time to hop in my town car and return to reality.


I LOVED being home by noon on Sunday. It gave me time to relax and hang with the hubby and pups for the week started again.

Thanks again to Hilton HHonors and Hilton Grand Vacations for an amazing weekend getaway!

Don’t forget, you still have time to win your own great getaway! Head over to the Hilton HHonors Great Getaway Giveaway to vote for your favorite adventure getaway and enter for a chance to win a Hilton HHonors Great Getaway of your own!

*This post was sponsored by Hilton HHonors. As always, all opinions are my own.

1 Ashley July 2, 2013 at 10:09 am

I didn’t even think to use Google Maps to double check for sidewalks! I’ve been planning my vacation runs on MapMyRun (which I kind of hate) so it’s nice to see other options. I’ll definitely check out DailyMile (and verify my planned routes on Google).
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2 Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy July 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

I usually don’t plan out my runs on vacation. I probably should. The only place I’ve really went in the last year is Key West and basically just ran along the beach (on the sidewalk)

3 Beth @ Running with the Sunrise July 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Sounds like you had a great run! I love exploring new places via running, although I feel like when I’m traveling I don’t usually have a ton of time to explore so I just hit the treadmill in the hotel gym. I’m so boring. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed your trip!
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4 Lindsay July 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

You know Dailymile has a satellite/hybrid map view, right? Not sure I you used Google Maps because it might be more up to date, but I figured I’d mention it.

5 Becky @ Olives n Wine July 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I LOVE running in the morning in new areas. You get such a great and different look at a city when there are almost no people out and about ๐Ÿ™‚ I typically don’t map out my routes beforehand – I just go and try not to get lost along the way!
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6 Lisa from Life with Lisa July 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Loved getting to spend so much time with you Meghann. I wish we were still on our adventure. It’s all raining and drab here today – reminds me of my Poncho Posse friends.
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7 Jan @ Sprouts n Squats July 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I use MapMyRun and hadn’t heard of Daily Mile before but will have to check it out. Looks like it was such a beautiful place to run and vacation too ๐Ÿ™‚
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8 Annette @FitnessPerks July 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

So fun that you got out to explore a bit on your run! Looks like a fab weekend too ๐Ÿ™‚
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9 Amanda @ Peanut Butter & Adrenaline July 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Thanks for the tips on running in new areas! I always get super nervous about new routes. I’m very set in my ways, but I want to be able to run in new areas for when I travel!
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10 Karen @Runner Girl Eats July 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I love running on vacation but tend to keep my runs shorter since I am too lazy to map out a course. Oops.
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11 Caitlin July 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I LOVE running in new places!! I always try to get runs in when traveling to explore a new city, but even when I’m home in Atlanta I’ll occasionally search for new routes and drive to them in order to run somewhere new and change things up- it’s like a breath of fresh air!

12 BroccoliHut July 2, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to running in new places. I’m very impressed with your preparedness in making a route ahead of time with maps. You’re a running rockstar in my book! I will remember this for the next time I’m out of town and want to fit in a run.
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13 Carrie @ This Fit Chick July 3, 2013 at 5:53 am

I don’t think I;ve ever planned out a run, haha… I use my Garmin! Although, I havent done any long distance running in ages, so I’m probably behind on technology ๐Ÿ˜‰
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14 Joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 3, 2013 at 10:35 am

It’s always tricky for me to find a running route in new places (well, depending on if the city is runner-friendly). Often I just end up running neighborhoods. Having just moved, though, I’m struggling to find some trails or paths with longer routes, uninterrupted by traffic lights!
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