Puerto Rico Adventures!

Back in the spring one of my BFF’s Caitlin and I decided to take a trip to Puerto Rico in the fall. I saved a portion of cash from all my gigs last spring in a piggy bank to save up for the plane tickets (so it wouldn’t get mixed in with my Europe savings) and bought my ticket in August!

We only had 2.5 days together as Caitlin left early Sunday morning and my flight was late that afternoon, but we had an amazing time! We stayed in two different hotels in Candado in San Juan and really enjoyed that part of the city. We had beach access and were in walking distance of most things that we wants to do in the city!

On Thursday we checked into our hotel, showered, changed and went out to explore/eat. We walked from Candado to Old San Juan, which was a bit of a hike, and settled on the cheapest Puerto Rican restaurant we could find. The main meal was probably the worst of the trip but we were starving and the appetizer was really delicious. The first hotel was a little place, nothing special but a good price. After dinner we stopped at an Italian place for drinks, we loved it so much we went there the rest of the trip for after dinner drinks!

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On Friday, after I went for a brutally hot run, we packed up and rented a car and drove out to El Yunque National Park for hiking, swimming in the waterfalls, and exploring the rainforest. It was about an hours drive and absolutely worth it!!! The views were gorgeous and we wish we could have spent more time there.

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We drove home, showered and headed out for dinner closer to our hotel, we decided on a Latin restaurant. Our mojitos came and they were very weird and our least favorite drinks of the trip so we were very nervous we had made a terrible mistake. But the mofongo was AMAZING. It was absolutely delicious and we were relieved.

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On Saturday we went to Old San Juan to shop around but lost of stores weren’t really open yet, which was disappointing. We had delicious mallorca sandwiches for breakfast and packed up at our hotel, and walked down the street to the La Concha resort. My dad had gotten us a night there with his Marriott points and it was an amazing hotel. I HIGHLY recommend it!

We sat out on the beach Saturday afternoon and then walked down to the lagoon and went stand up paddleboarding which was sooo much fun!

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We had dinner at a fabulous Cuban restaurant and finished the night off with dessert and drinks at our favorite Italian place (di Parma’s).

Sunday morning Caitlin left and I ran on the treadmill and lifted some weights in the gym before an awesome breakfast and a last few hours on the beach.

It was fabulous and I already miss it!

Mileage – yoga, rest day

QOD – Relax.

Vacation and Travel Running & Fitness

After spending 4 great days in Las Vegas with my family I only have 5 days at home before I’m on a plane across the Atlantic for my European adventure! 

While my trip to Europe contains quite a bit of “work” musical awesomeness – performing in a music festival – and some scouting for post-grad opportunities I’m also looking forward to seeing friends and vacationing. For someone like me who doesn’t sit still very well fitness has started playing a role in my trips. When hiking, rafting, and other adventures were packed into family vacations for years I grew accustomed to seeing the world and new places on foot. 

On other shorter trips to more urban areas I’ve just hopped down to the hotel gym to get a quick workout in, but staying in hostels, ancient towns, and friends’ places on this trip doesn’t give me that opportunity. So I’ve decided to incorporate running into my routine as a way to see different parts of the city and feel more immersed in the culture. As I’ll be starting marathon prep not long after I get back, this is also a good time to get myself off the elliptical and onto a variety of surfaces running regularly. Plus I’ll be in some very hilly places so the hills will be good for my speed. My goal is to run a little more than most people on vacation probably – 20 miles a week – but since I will be in one place for a longer period of time I think this is reasonable. 

How does one keep up running on vacation? Here’s a great article from Runner’s World on just that! 

I also researched running tours in major cities such as Paris and Rome – which you can find here! However they were way out of my budget!

Since I don’t totally want to neglect the rest of my body I also built my own 30 day challenge for upper body and core strength! I blended several challenges into one to personalize a quick 15-20 min post run workout that will keep me doing something even on the days that moving from one city to the next may get in the way of a longer run. I’ve included a downloadable PDF for your own summer vacation workout regimes!
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Vacation Fitness Challenge PDF

Mileage – 4 miles, Yoga for Runners 

QOD – I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

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Vegas and Hiking in Red Rock Canyon!

Greetings from Las Vegas! I’m on a long weekend vacation with my family belatedly celebrating my brother’s 21st birthday and Father’s Day of course! While we’re certainly enjoys the drinks, dining, and gambling in Vegas we also planned a trip out to Red Rock Canyon for a hike.

My family is an active family, as I’ve shared before, but I’ve never talked much about our hiking adventures when I was younger. We really loved mountainous vacation destinations and always took advantage of the hiking available to us. We’ve hiked in the Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Adirondacks, Appalachians, and the Canadian Laurentians!

We started traveling abroad several years ago and our last hiking vacation was cancelled due to injuries so we haven’t hiked as a family for awhile so this hike was a must-do for us!

It was so much fun!!! We only hiked 2.8 miles round trip, but there was a fair amount of rock scrambling on our trail. But our view at the end was worth it!

Since I went for a long run on Friday and I knew I’d be putting my legs to work later yesterday I woke up early thanks to the time difference and got in 45 min on the elliptical and some upper body weights before the hike. Today I woke up early again and hopped on the dreadmill treadmill for a 5k with a negative split goal. I put some walking on either end and did some more arm weights since I’ve been neglecting my poor arms recently.

Time to go clean up for a night out on the town!

Mileage – 3.1, walk, weights

QOD – What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

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