Vacation Run Down

6 Sep

Alex and I had a great time on our vacation. We spent 5 days in Turks and Caicos on the island Providenciales. It wasn’t nearly enough time, and we spent the majority of the trip scheming how we could move there permanently. The scheme got grander as the days progressed, and eventually involved buying the abandoned construction project next to our hotel and building a LEED certified eco-hotel complete with tiki bar. Alex can run that, and I’ll use my MSW to work for the British Red Cross’ Turks and Caicos office, and you know, eventually run the joint. I’ll keep you posted on how that all works out… but seriously, how can you not want to move to a place that looks like this:

The whole time I kept questioning how this place could be real.

I kept questioning how this place could be real, the entire island looks like a postcard.

Our trip was really active. We walked several miles on the beach every morning but one, when we ran. My initial goal was to run three times while we were there, but well, we were on vacation… We ran the beach, which was unique for us. The uniqueness made it awesome, but the water in my shoes made it less so. Running without technology was surprisingly nice, though. Whenever I run at home I have RunKeeper, music, and an interval timer going. I’m anal about times and distance, and pace. But in true island style, it was freeing to just run, look around, and take it all in.

I also tried out running sans shirt. It seemed like an acceptable move since I was just going to go back to the hotel and change into a bikini. Running shorts and a sports bra are a whole lot like a bikini. Later we saw someone actually running in a bikini. I thought that was a little much (and seemed uncomfortable).

We jumped in the ocean after our run. Because running shorts and a sports bra are just like a bathing suit.

We jumped in the ocean after our run. Because running shorts and a sports bra are just like a bathing suit.

The other way we stayed active was by snorkeling. Which is obviously an aerobic activity. If you consider floating on the top of the water looking down for 45 minutes exercise. And on vacation, I do. I mean, it required more exertion than what we did the rest of the trip, which was lie in a beach chair reading Tina Fey’s book while drinking rum.

Snorkeling is a delicate balance. You want to stay close enough to your snorkeling buddy that you can tap them and point at the thing you want them to take a picture of with the underwater camera (read: an octopus, a sting ray, and about 8,000 of the same fish). But far enough away that you don’t kick them when you swim away in a panic because you saw what you were pretty sure was a barracuda (it was) and that you’re definitely sure wants to eat you. Alex says they don’t eat people, but Wikipedia was more on my side of the argument. Either way he at least looks terrifying:

He could at least take a mean bite out of your shin.

He could at least take a mean bite out of your shin.

Here are the less terrifying octopus and sting ray:

Octopus: Look in the lower left hand quadrant.

Octopus: Look in the lower left hand quadrant.

Ray: Isn't he pretty!

Ray: Isn’t he pretty!

On the whole, the trip was exactly what we needed. A few days of paradise, with some leisurely physical activity and more leisurely reading, rum drinking, and seafood eating.

Now it’s back to the grind, I started my social work internship, and had my first day of classes yesterday. Most excitingly (depending on your priorities) the half marathon is a week away!!

 

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