All the workouts: Puglia Italy Edition

I spent the week with Matt’s family in Southern Italy in a region called Puglia.  This beautiful southeastern coastal area is known for arid weather, beaches, thick handmade orecchiette pasta, historic piazzas and olive trees.

Matt’s family is happily active. They love tennis, biking, skiing, hiking and so on. We had planned to explore small towns, hike, go for bike rides and enjoy the beach and rugged coastlines at the Adriatic Sea. But the weather had other plans for us. We still had a terrific time, but our outdoor activities were adapted to accommodate the atypical rainstorms that met us last week.

underground in an Italian cave
underground in an Italian cave


What about working out? I ran. Mostly short runs just to have a quick sweat and I’m happy with that. Matt and his sister joined me on every single run. More than that, I ran because they were running and I’m so thankful for it. We had a ton of fun pushing each other.

Here’s what went down fitness-wise while I was in Puglia last week:

Polignano a mare
a little sunshine in Polignano a mare


I got to Italy the week before this recap starts. We stumbled upon a 5K in a town called Ostuni on Sunday. Running in this small town race was incredibly special.

September 5-11, 2016

Monday: 2-mile run
Tuesday: 2.5 mile-run (including sprints)
Wednesday: Nothing
Thursday: Nothing
Friday: 6-mile run
Saturday: 2-mile run + some planks
Sunday: Nothing

Monopoli, Italy

I think I mentioned that running has been a bit tough for me recently. Maybe it’s the heat wave that hit New York and never left. My Italian runs were by no means speedy – in fact – they are far slower than this time last year – but as the week drew on, I enjoyed myself more and more while running. I’m counting that as a major win.

Want some help working out while you travel? Try these posts:

14 ways to keep your fitness mojo while traveling

How to fit in a workout while you’re traveling for work

How was your week? Tell me everything. How important is exercise to you when you’re on vacation?


  1. September 12, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Depends upon the type of vacation. Although by exercise, I really mean training. I’ve had vacations that were treks, so absolutely no training can be done because we’re up early, hiking all day, and then sleeping early so we can wake up early the next day (and also because there’s no safe place to run). A more relaxed vacation where we stay in one place and have safe places to run, I’ll still train. But usually my vacations are something in the middle, where we’re a little too busy for me to train effectively, but I have no excuses to not run at least 3-5 miles every few days. I try to do what I can and not sweat the small stuff. I’m not a pro so vacations are more important to me than training is.

    • Nicole
      September 12, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      seems reasonable + balanced. thanks for sharing!

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