I think my idea of a perfect vacation would be going to a running camp where I could eat, sleep and run! But sadly I don't really know of many places that offer vacations like that. The next best thing has to be a cruise to the Caribbean for 7 days!
We left on a Sunday for Fort Lauderdale to meet our ship - I hadn't been on a cruise since I was 10 and Brian since he was 19. I was pretty excited for a week of total relaxation after an extremely stressful week of work.
The first night we watched the ship leave the port before getting ready for dinner.
I woke up the first morning on the ship and Brian and I went to the gym which was packed with people. Every one seemed to have had the same idea about working out on the first day. I waited for a treadmill and then jumped on. I started running and after 20 minutes the treadmill entered cool down mode. Apparently all the treadmills had been set to stop after 20 minutes. No matter what I tried, it seemed I could not get the treadmill to run more than 20 minutes which was annoying.
Day 1: 4.7 miles/40 minutes
The first day we spend at sea and it was formal night at dinner.
On Tuesday I woke up very early and could not get back to sleep so I decided to just go to the gym for a run. I watched as the sun slowly rose and as we pulled into our first port. There were two other ships that rode into the port with us and it was just amazing to watch while running on the treadmill.
Day 2: 1 mi easy/2 mi MP/1 mi easy/2 mi MP/1 mi easy - 59 minutes
After the run, we got off the ship and explored the first port! The best part was the beautiful beaches.
Our ship was gorgeous and the whole center area had 6 glass elevators. The center area was open and you could see up and down from any floor. In the very middle a giant tree in a large pot was suspended above. It was the most beautiful thing ever.
On the third day I woke up again and ran in the morning. It was my third day on the treadmill and I was so sick of dealing with the treadmill stopping at 20 minutes. Luckily when I reached the end of my first 20 minutes, no one was waiting for a treadmill so I just restarted it and kept going. About half way through the second 20 minutes, a man two treadmills down from me decided to yell at me for staying on for more than 20 minutes. I was slightly annoyed but I didn't say anything back to the man and just kept running.
Day 3: 4.65 miles/40 minutes
We were at another port on Day 3, so we got off the boat again and explored. The boat docked next to us was the same exact boat which was awesome! The ships are so massive! We got back on the boat for lunch and I made sure to get some ice cream and then hit the pool deck to read and get some sun!
On the fourth day, we docked at yet another port. We got up and had breakfast before heading off the boat. I gave my legs a little bit of rest and ran before lunch instead of in the morning. My knee still hurt a little bit after the run and I assumed it was not enjoying all the running on the treadmill. I was actually feeling good with all the running.
Day 4: 4.65 miles/40 minutes
The fifth day which was also Friday, I decided to take the day off (which is what I usually do) and enjoyed our last port. The vacation seemed to go by so quickly and I was sad that soon we would be heading back home. Friday was also our second formal night which I really enjoyed! The food was amazing on the cruise and the desserts were to die for! Tonight we had Baked Alaska which I have not had in years!
Our last full day we spend at sea sailing back home. I worked finishing my third and fourth books of the cruise and getting even more sun! It was truly an amazing trip! I also fit in my long run! I was up at 6am to beat the gym crowd and was surprised to see the gym completely empty when I arrived. I pounded out my first hour with just a few our people entering the gym and then finished up my last two 20 minutes segments. I think having a break every 20 minutes to sip water really helped me to get this run done on the treadmill. Long runs on the treadmill are not easy
Day 6: 11.5miles/1hr 39mins
Total miles run: 33
Total miles cruised: 2100
It definitely was an amazing cruise and I am glad I was able to work in all my runs while still enjoying the vacation.
Have you ever been on a cruise?? If not, I strongly suggest it!!