I walked off of the Liberty of the Seas yesterday at about 9am after an extremely relaxing and re-energizing few days. I didn’t realize how great an uninterrupted night’s sleep would feel – let along how rejuvenated several of them strung together would leave me feeling!
Here’s the truth:
- Adam and I slept in until noon multiple days during this cruise
- We took an afternoon nap even after sleeping in until noon multiple days – no regrets!
- Fifty-percent of the time that we weren’t sleeping we were still in bed – watching TV, cuddling, and just generally being lazy bums
I feel like cruising is the ultimate lazy person’s vacation and we proudly took that to a new level these last few days!
In between sleeping sessions I did RUN!
AND IT WAS GLORIOUS!
I honestly can not even begin to tell you how amazing it is to run on several good nights of sleep with completely fresh legs!
Even on the treadmill I was ridiculously happy.
I knew I wanted to ease into running since I had taken a while off, plus I needed to test my hips and go easy on them. Here’s what I did:
- Thursday: 30 minutes (easy)
- Friday: 40 minutes (easy with a couple of pickups)
- Saturday: no running (couldn’t find time between naps)
- Sunday: 45 minutes (easy)
- Monday: no running
I wanted to go for 50 minutes on Sunday but around 40 minutes in my left hip starting feeling a little twingy. Even with a walking break I could still feel that something was off, so I stopped at 45 minutes and stretched really good. No reason to push it at this point.
I didn’t sync my Garmin in Cozumel like I thought I would. I wanted to go for an early morning run but… I slept in until noon and it was HOT out by that point.
Instead of running Adam and I found a little restaurant to park our butts and enjoy the view.
The view and a couple of drinks. I have no idea why but in Cozumel I crave Pina Coladas and slurped down my fair share. No pictures because I was too busy getting buzzy :).
Of course we selected this particular restaurant not just for the view, but because it had a TV playing ESPN and you know us….
The water in the Caribbean is the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Every single time it takes my breath away.
^ I just want to DRINK IT!
(Actually once when I was snorkeling in Cozumel a wave went over my air pipe thing sending water down into my mouth and it was the saltiest and grossest thing I have ever tasted. It looks totally drinkable though!)
After lunch in Cozumel we strolled back onto the ship…
For a siesta, of course!
…with a new friend our stateroom attendant had left on our bed. We named the little guy Cecil ;).
In case you’re starting to think all I did on this trip was some easy running, sleeping and drinking – let me prove you wrong! I also ate cupcakes.
Had to carbo load for all that running!
I also did some reading. Right before we left I downloaded Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please and Tina Fey’s Bossypants. I dived into Yes, Please right away!
I feel bad saying this, but I didn’t really love Poehler’s book like I thought I would. There were definitely some funny stories from her SNL days and a couple of good takeaways, but I think someone with more of a comedy/acting background would appreciate it more. I think Amy would agree that’s a fair assessment.
I’m only a couple of chapter’s into Bossypants and am enjoying it 100X more. It’s much more like Mindy Kaling’s book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” If you’re a Mindy fan, give it a try. It’s only like $4 to download it to your Kindle.
(If anyone’s interested I will try to do a more in-depth review of both books.)
… And now I’m back home. I’m actually feeling good about being back in my routine.
When I left I was strung out, anxious and kind of angry. I think a lot of it had to do with lack of sleep (and lack of running.)
I feel like this trip gave me time to re-charge and re-think about things that I previously had accepted as “it is what it is.” Having a positive and fresh perspective on things is just….great. It’s really as simple as that!
I hope your weekend was relaxing too!
Did you watch Boston yesterday? Sadly I missed it!!!!!!
Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?