Hey guys! I’m back from the Carnival Ecstasy with a weekly rundown post.
This week’s goal was to run just enough to stay sane and jump back in next week. I didn’t run with anyone, so I don’t have fun stories or pictures to share from workouts, but I will recap Race 13.1 Charleston soon and post more about my cruise vacation. I want to remember my vacation and a few of my real-life friends are interesting in learning more about the ship and cruising since we sailed on a cruise from Charleston. We also celebrated Halloween on the ship and that was a lot of fun.
Running while on vacation isn’t for everyone, and I didn’t do ANY formal exercise on our trip to Seattle last year. Taking a week off from running won’t kill you or your training, but after so many years, running – and prioritizing exercise in general – is just a big part of who I am. I thrive on consistency, and getting a few miles in most days makes me a better person to deal with all around (Clay can attest).
|Monday||5 miles treadmill + 20 min. stationary bike|
|Tuesday||5 miles treadmill|
|Wednesday||5 miles treadmill|
|Thursday||5 miles treadmill|
|Friday||6 miles treadmill|
|Sunday||8 miles (bridge)|
Talk about a great example of training monotony, but I needed the easier miles.
The week before my cruise, I dealt with a sinus infection, and last Saturday, I went to urgent care, where I got a Z-pack and Prednisone. Normally, the only medications I take are multivitamins, iron supplements, and Hammer Tissue Rejuvenator, and I’m sensitive to medication side effects. Both were five-day courses and helped my sinus infection… while making my heart rate and rate of perceived exertion go through the roof.
BUT… I was on vacation and the unlimited soft-serve machine provided a great recovery snack.
No one goes on a cruise to work out, minus those running cruises that feature races and runs in port, so the gym was pretty bare bones. The treadmills were not the greatest, ventilation was a bit rough, and since we were on a moving boat, I had to grab onto the handrails a few times. Cruise ships DO move and you feel it.
Aside from treadmill runs and some walking on the beach, I had a pretty lazy week. I did take the stairs everywhere on the ship, minus debarking on Sunday because elevators are much more appealing than lugging a suitcase up three flights of stairs. Taking the stairs was faster than waiting on the elevators.
On Sunday, we got off the cruise ship at 8 AM, got home before some people were even off the ship, and I saw the ship again that afternoon when I ran the Cooper River Bridge. My first run on dry land was rough because it was an afternoon run and I had “sea legs” from cruising. Vacations are great, but I’m glad to be home and running MY bridge… the bridge that I saw last Sunday from the deck of the cruise ship and pointed out to others.
There’s no place like home, and there’s no place like Charleston.