Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been silent on social media for awhile and that the blog has been silent. We’ve been on vacation! The past few months have been absolutely insane; we’ve been very busy and the weather has been unspeakably awful. Needless to say, we were eager to spend a few days in the Palm Beach area with Sheila’s family.
Although I tend not to fear the worst about safety concerns with regards to social media, I have heard far too many horror stories about nefarious individuals learning that folks are out of town via social media and breaking into their empty houses while they’re gone, and that’s why we didn’t post any pictures or share about our trip after we left last Friday.
Having said that, we had an excellent trip, and I’m excited to share it with all of you!
After dropping off Butters at his grandmama’s house, we headed out in the early afternoon. We had a longish layover in Atlanta, so we decided to find some supper. I remembered that my buddy Ken used to rave about a restaurant called One Flew South at the Atlanta airport when he used to travel regularly for business, so we decided to check it out.
The service left a bit to be desired, but the food and ambiance more than made up for it! We split some sushi and a cocktail.
Our flight to West Palm Beach went well, and Sheila’s parents picked us up at the airport. Her sister arrived shortly thereafter. Since we were all exhausted, bedtime came pretty quickly!
Sheila’s dad played some golf while the rest of us hit the beach. When we arrived, I noticed that a half marathon had taken place earlier that morning. I should have run it, but I had no idea that it was going on. Darn!
Normally, I love going to the beach. Other than running on a nice, secluded trail, there’s nothing more relaxing in my mind than chilling at the beach all afternoon with a great book. Unfortunately, either windblown sand or suntan lotion (or perhaps both!) got into my eye and irritated it pretty badly. When I got home and saw the condition of my eye, I was pretty scared that I had suffered another corneal abrasion. Fortunately, my eye cleared up by Sunday night. Praise God! Other than that, I enjoyed our time at the beach. The 7-Eleven by the beach had two flavors of Gatorade that I had never seen before—Green Apple and Blue Cherry—and I was glad to have the opportunity to try them.
In the evening, we enjoyed a delicious dinner while listening to a Beatles tribute band and doing a bit of dancing.
We started off the day with some bagels at Brooklyn Bagel Factory. Afterwards, we stopped by a local farmer’s market at which I had one of the best drinks that I have had in months. When I saw a vendor offering a drink consisting of mint leaves blended with lemon juice and ice cubes, I knew that I had to try it. I was not disappointed! I can’t wait to make this again at home to rehydrate after long training runs in the summer heat.
In the afternoon, Sheila’s dad played more golf and we swam in the pool. The soundtrack at the pool was incredible and I felt the stress of the past few months fading away as I plowed through The Fellowship of the Ring.
After he finished, Sheila’s dad and I enjoyed the final round of The Masters before heading out to dinner at Duffy’s, a local sports bar. Although I did my best to make good food choices for much of the trip, I decided to treat myself to my first burger in months. It was worth it!
Sheila’s dad started off the day with an early morning round of golf while I started off my day with a run! Heading into the trip, I told myself that I would run if the opportunity arose but that I wouldn’t allow myself to get bent out of shape if our schedule didn’t allow it. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I had the chance to run.
Running in the Cleveland cold hasn’t been much fun, but running in the Florida heat and humidity was brutal. In an effort to travel light, I didn’t bring my hydration belt or Yurbuds, and I really could have used both of these items on my run. Fortunately, I had some beautiful scenery to keep me company!
Running without water or music in the 82 degree heat was rough. I forgot how difficult running in heat and humidity can be, but I was proud that I pushed through the 4.5 miles that were on my training plan for the day. I was amazed when I got home and saw my time!
Relaxing in the pool after my run was a great way to cool down!
In the evening, we saw some beautiful homes and historic sites in the Palm Beach area and enjoyed dinner at City Place.
Sheila’s sister and I headed to the gym for a workout while Sheila and her mom spent some quality time by the pool. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do, but when we saw these cool Expresso Fitness machines, we immediately ran over to them!
This was the most fun workout that I’ve had in a long time. I absolutely love to run, but let’s face it; once the joy of the first mile wears off, some of the middle miles can be a tough slog before the last mile and the accompanying joy of finishing well come around. Our time on the Expresso Fitness machine was great from start to finish! This machine had a screen that simulated various environments and we had to use the movable handlebars to steer through the course. Although this looked and felt like a video game, this machine was no joke—some of the inclines made my legs beg for mercy! I selected a variety of courses that made me feel as if I was riding through the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. We rode for over an hour.
We spent the rest of the day packing up before we headed out! Sheila and I had another layover in Atlanta, so we hit up Grindhouse Burgers and enjoyed one last vacation meal.
My mom picked us up at the airport, and we were soon reunited with Butters! They must have had a lot of fun together, because he fell sound asleep shortly after we got home.
This trip was exactly what we needed. I’m so grateful that we were able to fit it in amidst our busy work and class schedules, and I’m very thankful that Sheila’s parents blessed us with such a fun trip. It feels great to head into the final stages of half marathon training and the end of the semester feeling rested and recharged!