One of the best things about traveling for me is having a different scenery to look at while I'm running. I'm probably guilty of running pretty much the same area again and again around my neighborhood. Why would I run somewhere different when I know that if I run this route it will be five miles... or if I run that route it will be seven miles. I have my distances mapped out perfectly! I wouldn't want to ruin that. However, when I'm in a new place I have no other choice but to map out a new area! This gets me out of my comfort zone and makes my runs a little more interesting.
Now... let me tell you, working out in AZ is much different than it is in Indiana. The air is soooo dry that my throat and nose would often burn, but I would never sweat too much which is very unlike me :) I also would get up before 5:00 in the morning to do stuff outside because if I didn't it would be 107 degrees before I knew it! In Indiana I leave my workouts to the evening hours so this was a big change for me.
Ready to run!!
A large cactus garden I saw!
Big old cactus
Mountains in the distance!
Even though I only actually ran once while I was there and hiked the rest... it was really enjoyable to see new and different things than what I usually do on a day to day basis. But it sure was nice to get back to Indiana where it is cooler and I can be back on my usual schedule ;)