Monday, January 24, 2011

Week 3 (running in Antigua!)

I didn't do a whole lot of "training" during our week in Antigua, but we did manage to run 6 mornings out of 7. We looked at some maps online and did a bit of exploring off the resort. The heat and humidity were a shock to the system and we quickly found ourselves huffing, puffing and sweating profusely. We didn't get very far, but it was still nice to see a little more of the island.
 
After almost every run, I took off my shoes to run a few laps barefoot on the beach. I felt it in my feet and calves by the end of the week, but loved every minute of the wind in my hair, salt on my lips and sand in my toes. After that, we marched straight into the surf for a refreshing swim. No better way to start the day!




Monday - 5.1KM (3.2mi) - 28:54 - 5:40/KM (9:07/mi)

Tuesday - 6.2KM (3.9mi) - 36:05 - 5:52/KM (9:22/mi)

Wednesday - 4.5KM (2.8mi) - 24:54 - 5:32/KM (8:54/mi)

Thursday - 7.6KM (4.7mi) - 43:37 - 5:46/KM (9:14/mi)

Friday - does this count as cross-training?


Saturday - 6.7KM (4.1mi)  - 37:36 - 5:38/KM (9:02/mi)

Sunday - 19KM (11.8mi) - 1:44:36 - 5:30/KM (8:52/mi)
(The freezing cold "welcome home to reality"  run.)

Total Week 3 Mileage: 49.1 KM (30.5mi)
Total time: 4:35:42
Average pace: 5:38/KM (9:03/mi)

It's not much, but it was a planned recovery week and totally worth it! 














45 comments:

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I'm really trying hard not to be jealous. It's just super hard not to ...

Glad you had such a great vacation!

Runners Fuel said...

I love all the photos. There isn't a beach around here where I can run barefoot without stabbing my foot on some glass.

the dawn said...

so fun!!!!

and that trike on the water? yes please!!!!

man...i have to admit that i prefer the cold and layers to the heat and sweat. but that's me :)

good work getting some good running in on vacation!

Heidi said...

Sounds like a great vacation. It may be cold at home, but hey, look at how much faster your pace was. Heeheee.

Jogging with Fiction said...

your pictures are awesome and make me cry a little in my cubicle while I look out the window at 2+ feet of snow

Chelsea said...

Oh, the swim after the run was a great idea! I remember looking wistfully at our kiddy pool in the front yard this summer after a particularly warm run. :)

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Oh, my, it looks and sounds just wonderful!!!

Still Running said...

Anything other than lying on a chaise lounge counts as cross-training when you're on vacation! Glad you had a good time.

Nicole @ "Haute Runner" said...

Amazing!! I can't believe you ran almost every day you were there! Oh wait- I can...

Stacey said...

Wow! Looks fabulous!
Crazy how the humidity affects you, isn't it?!
Glad you had a great trip!

Jess said...

I'm always impressed when people manage to keep up their training while on vacation! Awesome job!

Pretend this is real said...

What a beautiful place to run! The pictures are awesome.

Jim ... 50after40 said...

WOW ... great pics, that looks awesome!

ajh said...

Love the running on the beach! Is that "bike" as hard to ride as it looks?

ShutUpandRun said...

Looks so gorgeous there. I am amazed you put in 6/7 days of running, who cares about the distance. Just awesome. And yes, the humidity will kick you in the butt. When I go from CO to Mexico it is ugly.

destination262 said...

Omigawsh, your pictures are gorgeous! I bet it was nice change to run in the warm weather! Glad you were able to get a few good easy runs in. Looks like you two had a fun time in paradise!

Boris Terzic said...

I am jealous, that like a great place to run/explore.

Wifey said...

Wow! Looks BEAUTIFUL. I could so use some beach right about now. So glad you had a great time.

Um, and yes, that big ol' 3 wheeler on water definitely counts as cross-training!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Richelle said...

Wow... looks like you had a great vacation! Isn't running on the beach fun?!

Heather said...

what great pictures - you did great getting some miles in on vacation! :)

Her Name Is Rio said...

I didn't expect to see "heat" and "humidity" on a running blog this time of year! Looks like a wonderful time!

Nicole said...

I want you to know that i looked at every picture of your vacation & pretended i was playing at the beach with you! :)

way to be ontop of that running while you were living it up!

Marci said...

Those pictures are awesome, you must be in shock with the weather here!

Jason said...

gorgeous gorgeous photos.

way to go on the runs for 6 out of 7 days. It really does open up your eyes to more of what is around you.

Julie D. said...

So awesome! So jealous. I'd kill for a beach run right now! :) So glad you had a great trip.

Char said...

You can't underestimate the energy-sapping effects of heat and humidity. My running always goes way downhill over Summer and as soon as it cools I feel like I'm fit again.

EndorphinBuzz said...

Looks like you had an awesome time in Antigua. Way to go keeping the training up even on vacation!

In 83 hours I land in Miami ;) I do not think I will keep such a hard training regimen as you but I'll try to take pictures to keep you all updated :)

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

BEEEEautiful!!! Great job running on vaca!! And the sand in your toes, wind in your hair?? Amazing!! I need a vacation!

Aneta said...

thats really good for vacation running!

Denise said...

not much?? um, you were on vacation and you ran 6 out of 7 days!!! that's great!

Indi said...

so very, very jealous!! How wonderful and nothing, and I mean nothing beat the feeling, and enjoyment of waves lapping at you tired feet!!

Laura said...

Great job and nice pics.
I am so over winter.

Morgan said...

SO JEALOUS!!!! Glad you had a great time chica! Isn't it funny how shocking it is to go from negative temps to 60*+!!!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

LOVE the pictures!! It looks like such a beautiful place! And nice work running every day - you are definitely committed!

Amy said...

Antigua looks amazing! I'm super impressed that you got a little running in (almost) every day!

dietitianontherun.com said...

30 miles during a vacation week? "not much"? On the contrary, I find that very impressive! And yes, that crazy bike-in-the-water thing is definitely cross training, at its best ;)

gmontalvo13 said...

your workout sounds super fun!

lindsay said...

30 mi on vacation is awesome!! I tend to slack off even more then when I'm home. Not sure how that happens since you have more spare time on vacay... Hmm

J said...

So jealous you got to run in warm temps!! IT was so cold here while you were on vacation! Great job getting those runs in on vacation!

fancy nancy said...

Ok so I am officially over the moon jealous! First you get to go somewhere warm and beautiful. Next you are so hard core you do your runs there!!!

I am so not worthy!

MCM Mama said...

So very jealous! We have a vacation planned to St. Maarten soon, but I doubt I'll be running since Beer Geek is not a runner.

Johann said...

Everything just perfect! Not much training...running 6 out of 7 mornings... Love the photos!

Fair Weather Runner said...

all i have to say is "i want to be at there." sigh. looks like a fantastic time, and congrats on running on vacay! i'm impressed. i'm going on a week long vacay in a week, except to a colder climate (i realize now this was a dumb choice) and i'll totally use you as inspiration. so thanks! :)

Meg said...

I'm so glad you had fun! I'm sure the water was warm and inviting! Good for you for taking it easy and enjoying the down time...but still running. YOu two know how to enjoy life!

Aron said...

LOVE all the pics and NICE job for all the running you did on vacation! Way more than I have ever accomplished ;)

Just posted your long ago requested post!