Last week was a glorious one. I spent all my time exploring the beautiful Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship and relaxing on the pink sand beaches of Bermuda. It was pure paradise.
However, I didn’t use vacation as an excuse to get lazy. This gal is still training for her first marathon. I knew if I didn’t get my runs in, I’d be asking for an injury.
Before I let myself get in vacation mode, I woke up early on the day of our departure to get in my first long run: an 8-miler! I hadn’t run that far since training for my half marathon a year and half ago. It was tough, but I did it and I even made good time! Afterwards, it was officially cruising time!
It can be difficult to find the motivation to workout on vacation, but luckily, the ship has a beautiful fitness center.
Our first full vacation day was spent at sea. I woke up and got straight into my gym clothes. That way, I could go right after breakfast – no excuses about having to go back to the room to change. It was a p90x shoulders and arms day, so I headed to the weight section of the gym.
It was a bit odd for me, being in a gym. I usually workout in my apartment or run outside. Not gunna lie, I was a little intimidated by everything, but I got my workout in and was able to enjoy the rest of the day guilt free!
Tuesday was a 3-mile day. The weather was less than perfect, some rain and wind, so the boat was rocking quite a bit. I decided to wait it out instead of working out first thing as I didn’t know how running on a treadmill on a rocky boat would be. Around 4pm, the rocking was a little better, so I threw on my gym clothes (despite my vacation instincts telling me just to head to cocktail hour) and made for the gym.
It was definitely rocky; I felt like I was running uphill and downhill even though I kept the level on the treadmill consistent – but the view made it look like I was running on water. Check it out!
Pretty awesome, right?
Wednesday was supposed to be p90x legs and back, but it was also our first day in Bermuda! My boyfriend and I woke up early to go on a bus tour of the island.
We stopped in the capital, Hamilton.
A cute little town called St. George’s.
Drove by a ton of beautiful beaches, like this one:
And stopped at the lighthouse. I didn’t make it to they gym for leg day, but I did climb to the top of this baby. I think that counts as sufficient cross training ;-). And after my tough workout, I was rewarded with these views!
We got back to the ship and decided to keep the adventure going. There was an awesome ropes course 17 stories above the ocean and a rock-climbing wall. Tony Horton is great, but if this could be my leg day every time, I’d be one happy and healthy chica.
Thursday was a 5-mile day. I wanted to get it in before a beach day, so I woke up early. Five miles are tough on a treadmill; I got a little bored. BUT, we were docked in Bermuda, so I got a beautiful view of the dockyard!
I used Friday as a rest day, ran 3 miles out at sea again on Saturday, and Sunday we were back in NYC.
The first thing I did when I got back? Threw those running shoes back on and hit the road for my second long run, 9 miles!!
I’m definitely proud of myself to getting all my runs in, but maybe the next vacation won’t be during training time!
Have you ever gone on vacation during a tough training period? How did you manage?