I’m back! We had a perfect honeymoon soaking up the beautiful weather on the sunny shores of the Dominican Republic.
We were planning to leave bright and early the Saturday before last to drive to Halifax (where we were flying from) so I got up at 5:45 a.m. to do my 19K long run. I knew I’d miss my long run the next weekend so it was nice to get it done. My parents joined me – pretty sure I could not have done it alone – and the entire route was pure ice, both on the streets and sidewalks. It definitely made me more excited to hit the beach.
This was our view when setting out for our run:
And this was our view once we arrived in Puerto Plata on Monday:
All in all, I did four short runs and one step aerobics class while on vacation. They were all in the morning. For some reason it was really easy to wake up early while we were there. i think I was just so relaxed and happy that I didn’t feel like hitting the snooze button to avoid the day.
On the other mornings when I didn’t work out, I spent my time nursing some post-disco hangovers and stuffing my face with potatoes at the breakfast buffet.
My cross-training came in the form of lifting frozen drinks to my mouth all day and slowly being dragged around the pool by my husband because I was too lazy to float on my own.
My first run in the Dominican was on our first full day after arriving. The gym opened at 7 a.m. and it was actually a pretty nice set-up. The treadmill was really old and rickety but I had a cool view of the highway and Mount Isabel Torres the background. I watched people going to school and work.
By the end of the 6K run, I could no longer appreciate the view and was cursing the heat, something I swore I would never do.
I also did one run outside with Dan. We ran two laps of the perimeter of the resort for a little over 4K total. No runs happened on the beach because my ankle was acting up, especially in the sand. I think I sprained it mildly in January and I’ve been mostly ignoring it and waiting for it to heal, but that hasn’t happened. I’m going to get it checked out this week.
I am so ready to jump back into marathon training! Actually, I’m completely lying, but I know it’s inevitable and I forced myself to go meet up with my marathon clinic tonight despite getting home in the wee hours this morning. I think the little break did a world of good for me and now it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Will I remember how to run in -20 as opposed to +30? Stay tuned to find out.