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:: Day 11 of Fitness Cheerleader’sHealthy Living / Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge ::
Describe your dream fitness vacation.
A running cruise? Yes please. Countless miles run in amazing, gorgeous locations and then refueling with unlimited food on a cruise ship. I’m sorry, how is this NOT a dream vacation?
This is not your typical cruise. Guests of the Caribbean Islands Marathon will enjoy a stage race marathon or half-marathon (1.2-13 miles – road, trail, & deck runs). Learn at seminars on running, racing, nutrition, strength training and more. Enjoy extensive interaction with The Penguin and Coach Jenny; numerous social events; dining with fellow Caribbean Islands Marathon cruisers; and a wonderful sense of sharing and camaraderie.
Distances for the Caribbean Island Marathon Cruise:
- St. Thomas: 10K – “Hilly Course”
- St. Kitts: 10K – “Hash Run/Walk”
- “Deck Race” aboard the Adventure of The Seas: 2K – “The Pirate’s Relay”
- Curacao: 8K – “Amazing Race”
- Aruba: 12K
The Great Alaskan Marathon Cruise is designed with every type of runner and walker in mind! You’ll actively explore the Last Frontier with your own two feet, and take on the challenge of racing in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan in a unique staged marathon. Every event is well marked, safe and by the end of the week you’ll complete a marathon distance (26.2 miles) and earn a big honkin’ Penguin Medal!
Distances for the Great Alaskan Marathon Cruise:
- Deck Race aboard the Westerdam: 3 miles
- Juneau, AK: 10 mile Trail Race
- Sitka, AK: 10K Amazing Race
- Ketchikan, AK: 7 mile Trail Race
Where do I sign up? And who is coming with me?!
What is YOUR dream fitness vacation?
I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking lately, particularly about the upcoming fall months.
Back in March I booked a cruise to the Bahamas for the bf’s 30th birthday in September.
Then he lost his job, and started a new job in sales. The first month was awesome; he was making more money working 30 hour weeks than when he was working 65-80 hour weeks. Initially I planned on paying for the entire vacation, but as his income grew, he felt guilty letting me fund the trip. He decided we would use his first bonus to book our airfare. Unfortunately, he was one sale short in April of hitting the bonus. And then in May he hardly sold anything at all, and obviously did not hit his bonus.
I started to panic a little bit because as his income slowed, my savings started to disappear. The money I had planned on using for airfare, spending money, etc. was slowly being trickled out of my bank account to pay our bills. After going back and forth close to one thousand times, I finally cancelled the cruise last week. Arms crossed, stomping my feet, totally upset we had to abort mission.
Guess who hit his bonus this past weekend? of course, now that I cancelled!
Ah well. He’ll be coming with me to DC in October for Marine Corps, so it’ll sorta be like a vacation for us. Except I’ll be doing a lot of sleeping, running, and limping around for 50% of it. Seriously, I’m still trying to figure out how to pull this cruise off – I can just re-book it…
Speaking of running, I haven’t ran once since the 5 mile trail run. I talked about getting the spark back, and I also got something else back – pain in my shins that WILL.NOT.GO.AWAY. So I’ve been on yet another running break for the past week or so, just icing and resting. I get so bummed that I can’t reach my full potential with running & racing. It seems that whenever I get into a groove, the shins start to hurt and I scale back on my training. Then I have to start from ground zero again. No wonder I can’t run any faster – I can’t train consistently!
Then this thought pop into my mind: what if I end up not being able to run Marine Corps? Then all of the money I’d be putting into traveling to DC could have been used to take my boyfriend on vacation. What if I defer my entry until 2012? Then I further branched out: what if I ran Rock n Roll San Antonio as my first full? Or if I needed to take some more time off before starting to train – I could run the Austin Marathon as my first. Should I just jump ship on MCM altogether and choose one of those to save money? Wait – could I still go on this cruise?!
But then if I don’t run MCM, my family won’t be there for my first marathon. And the crowd support at San Antonio was less than stellar for the full last year – I’m going to need a lot of people screaming in my face to stay motivated. Austin crowds were better, but nowhere near MCM’s… And what about all the people I was looking forward to meeting in DC?
So I haven’t switched to a different marathon.
I didn’t defer my entry into Marine Corps to next year.
And I’m still not going on that damn cruise. ugh…
Norwegian deposited my refund into my bank account this morning. Thank you NCL, that was WAY faster than the 4-6 weeks you told me I’d receive it. And because I have zero self-control, I immediately turned around and logged in here.
Absolutely no self control. I have one last pair of shoes to test out before I say with 100% certainty that I absolutely MUST go to the ortho doctor and have custom orthotics made. That’s going to be an expensive trip…
Yep, Brooks Ariel. In all their geriatric glory. I ordered them from RRS because of their awesome 90-day return policy. If these beasts don’t work out, you won’t catch me wearing them to Body Pump or around the house – they are going straight back to the store. Brooks, please don’t let me down! You’ve already disappointed me with the lack of color choices for this shoe – really, one? And a boring one at that.
So I bought another freakin’ pair of running shoes. Is there a rehab I can check myself into? I’m willing to go voluntarily.
While I was going through the photos on my memory card, I realized I never did a Saturday recap from our Orlando trip. Let’s fix that RIGHT NOW!
After running the Champion 5k and showering, we headed back to Hollywood Studios for the day.
The first hour and fifteen minutes of our day were spent in line for Toy Story Mania. Thank God for cameras to keep us occupied.
We decided that the winner of the game would buy the first round of beers.
I *ahem* was Player 1. Pay up Carly!!
We wandered around the park for a bit enjoying our beverages, and then made our way to our 1pm lunch reservations at Mama Melrose’s.
The food was delicious, as usual, and the service was sub-par, as usual.
Carly marked up the wall inside with our names:
And we jumped at the opportunity to get the perfect “We Run for Wine” photo:
While our lunch settled we explored the ESPN Sports Zone, beer in hand of course…
…took pictures with every mascot we could find…
Carly, show us how you REALLY feel about the Gators!
On our way out of the park, we caught the end of a parade:
Back to the hotel we went to have some afternoon cocktails and get ready for an evening of dancing. We were off to the Boardwalk!
We attempted to have dinner at a couple restaurants, but a 90 minute wait wasn’t exactly what we had in mind. We lowered our standards, and saved a few bucks here:
Enter Fried Food Heaven:
Not exactly what we had in mind for dinner, but it got the job done!
Next up: Jelly Rolls for some cocktails and to scream Journey & Billy Joel at the top of our lungs.
And as every great night should end, we hit the dance floor at Atlantic Dance Hall for a couple hours. Want to see how we broke it down? Check it out here!
Carly and I dined at Tu Tu Tango back in October when we were in town for our first half marathon. The sangria and food were delicious, so it only made sense for us to make it our first stop Friday night.
We started off with a carafe of red sangria, which was fantastic.
We also immediately put in an order for these:
To die for (but really, isn’t anything with goat cheese to die for?)
Our next selection doesn’t have a picture, but here is the menu description:
There were two huge mushrooms, and the horseradish remoulade really made the dish for me. Definitely something to look into replicating at home.
Next up were Curry Chicken Skewers with a cucumber yogurt sauce and garlic flat bread. Didn’t quite get to take a picture before we devoured them.
Although they looked fairly small, we were pretty full from those three plates. We were planning on skipping dessert, until I read this tweet from Paula:
A dessert menu was immediately requested.
How could we say no?
HEAVEN! Thank you Paula!! I’m still dreaming about it…
And on top of the amazing food, the service was absolutely flawless. I cannot stress enough how awesome our bartender Peter was. If you’re in the Orlando area and happen to end up at Tu Tu Tango, tell Peter that “South Florida” & “Austin” say hello!
Vacation is just around the corner! Initially this vacation began as a weekend getaway for Brad and I, but it slowly morphed into a fun vacation for Carly and I too. While he is preoccupied with the bachelor party and rehearsal dinner for the wedding, the girls will wining, dining, and running.
In addition to a day full of theme park rides, pro athlete sightings (maybe meeting?!) and delicious lunch at Mama Melrose’s, we also have this:
While Brad sleeps off his hangover from the bachelor party, Carly & I will be up bright and early to run the 5k race on Saturday morning. And, most importantly, earn another medal to add to our growing collection.
We’re pretty excited, only 4 more days to go!