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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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