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Much Needed Vacation - Now Ready to Train!


Friday, May 31, 2013



Last Sunday, I returned from the absolute best vacation I've ever taken in my entire life. I traveled to New Orleans (my favorite city on earth!) and then embarked on my first ever cruise (to Cozumel, Mexico).



I can't describe the feeling of relaxation on this trip. No kids. No responsibilities and no way for anyone to get in touch with me (I am all about NOT paying international cell phone rates).



Plenty of great food and the cocktails were flowing. One afternoon on the ship, I fell asleep in the sun and woke up feeling so wonderful - warm and rested. I've never experienced peace like that before!



In Cozumel, took a 45 minute power catamarand ride to a private island called Isla de Pasion (Passion Island). WOW! It was just beautiful! All the food and beverages were included. The sand was white and the water was blue-green and as warm as a bathtub. It was GORGEOUS!





All in all, I did OK. Only lost about $65 in the casino (hey, that's not bad considering I had 24-hour access to it and I was stuck on a boat so that was frequently all there was to do while we were at sea). Didn't really overeat like you hear tell of from most cruisers. I did gain a couple pounds, but who doesn't on vacation?

Now, I'm back. And have been scrambling to catch up with real life. It was such a WONDERFUL break, though. The after effects have not worn off. I just feel calm, cool, collected. So relaxed...even in the midst of real life everyday stress. I like this!

Yesterday I laid out my training plan for my September 10k. Going to use the Higdon training plan, which is nice and gradual. It is only 8 weeks long, but I have built an extra 8 weeks of training in before I even start Higdon. When I say I'm starting slow, I mean SLOW. As in...my first training "run" is a 1/2 mile WALK. First "long run" is a 1/2 mile run.

While I can comfortably run about 5 miles before I begin to feel a run, I am determined not to overtrain and burn out before this race...seeing as it will be one of the few races I will be able to do this season. I want it to really count and be a great experience.

Anyway, things could not be better for me. I know some of you have messaged and asked how I am doing. I will tell you this: I am happier than I've ever been in my entire life. I have beautiful children, a wonderful job, fantastic friends, supportive family, and a life completely bursting with love and affection. What more could a girl ask for?
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KPETSCHE 6/10/2013 3:06AM

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GEORGE815 6/4/2013 9:13PM

    Flew to Cancun, and spent a week in Playa de Carmen. Took the ferry to Cozumel. It was a great vacation for me to.

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IMAGINE46 6/3/2013 1:17PM

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/3/2013 9:54AM

    Iím so glad to hear things are going so well for you!


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MARYJEANSL 6/2/2013 10:30PM

  Glad to hear you had such a good time. It really does sound wonderful.

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ON2VICTORY 6/2/2013 10:21PM

    That sounds totally awesome :). Nice job taking care of #1... You really needed some rest and FUN!!! I'm really happy for you.. Now you are ready to bring it :)

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KRYSTALLA 6/2/2013 9:17PM

    I am glad that you had such a wonderful vacation. The pictures are great. Good plan for your preparation for the 10K.



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MOM-MOM8 6/2/2013 8:20PM

    So happy for you!! emoticon

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KIPPER15 6/2/2013 7:38PM

    so glad you got a lovely relaxing vacation. One of the best vacations I ever took was alone - no phone, no responsibilities, no one to answer too. Total bliss. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 6/2/2013 1:11PM

    Oh that cruise sound so heavenly! Glad you got to go on it and had such a great time! Good to hear that you are happy and doing well with your training! I'm happy for you!

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JUNEAU2010 6/1/2013 10:33PM

    Even your blog is more relaxed! emoticon I would love to visit New Orleans and Mexico!

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GODIVADSG 6/1/2013 9:25PM

    How marvelous! Great to hear and feel your happiness!

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LINDAK25 6/1/2013 7:51PM

    This sounds wonderful! Good for you.

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 6/1/2013 6:23PM

  Good for you!!! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 6/1/2013 6:00PM

    Wow! What a beautifully positive blog! Great photos too.

I'm so pleased you had such a wonderful vacation and that you're still feeling the benefits now that you're back home.

Best wishes for your 10K training.

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NILLAPEPSI 6/1/2013 4:16PM

    Oh wow! Looks like you had an awesome time!!!!

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PATTISTAMPS 6/1/2013 3:40PM

    I can remember that first time I experienced a totally relaxed vacation. Sadly, they are not all that way, but when they are it is total decompression! Welcome back to real life - and hope your training goes well. Sounds like a really good plan!

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KARENLEIGH32 6/1/2013 2:56PM

    WOW must have been a GREAT vacation!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/1/2013 1:49PM

    Your vacation sounds WONDERFUL!!

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Makes me want to take one!!

Glad you are feeling the after effects.

Your training plan seems smart. While you technically could go faster, it may not be a good idea since you don't want to overtrain/get injured, etc.

I need to start with a plan like that! I've taken a break (long one!) from running. I want to start again but it is hard starting at the beginning. Maybe a plan like the one you're following would be good.

Keep up the great work! Glad you're doing well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDHOLM 6/1/2013 12:05PM

    emoticon so WELL deserved emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 6/1/2013 11:43AM

    I love cruising, also. It's such a relaxing way to travel. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself.

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MANDELOVICH 6/1/2013 10:55AM

    Amazing! Good for you!!

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DJSHIP46 6/1/2013 10:38AM

    Yay for you!!! So glad you had a chance to relax like that and that you are safely back and on track for you goals!!!

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AMBER281 6/1/2013 10:17AM

    Well deserved and I am glad you had a great time!

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EJENKINSB 6/1/2013 8:49AM

    Well deserved - so happy for you!

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FITFOODIE806 6/1/2013 7:30AM

    Looks like a beautiful, fun trip !

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GRUMBLEGIRL 6/1/2013 7:10AM

    Good for you!! You've had a lot going on and your much deserved vacation sounded awesome. Good luck with your training.

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REMEMBER2BME 6/1/2013 6:18AM

    What an absolutely fantastic update. Love to hear that all is going well. Amazing to see what take care of yourself feels like huh?!?

Way to go!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/1/2013 3:55AM

    Aw I'm so glad you had such a lovely holiday : )
Good luck with your training and race. Taking it easy is sometimes the best way to go, so hopefully you won't get injured again!

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STRONG_SARAH 6/1/2013 1:49AM

    Sounds great, I love New Orleans too, glad to here about your lovely trip.

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REGILIEH 5/31/2013 11:15PM

    I am so VERY happy for you! You deserve it! Enjoy!!! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 5/31/2013 11:06PM

    Wonderful!

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GOING-STRONG 5/31/2013 10:41PM

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1FARMER 5/31/2013 10:38PM

    I'm glad you had a great time. I think everyone should be treated like this at least once in their life. But could you take me next time I will be really good...please... please ...please...please
well maybe I would whine just a little. emoticon emoticon Jeanne emoticon

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QUILTANDKNIT 5/31/2013 10:36PM

    Sounds wonderful! You deserved it after a rough few months. Welcome back. emoticon

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