I certainly did not get all of the miles in that I had planned last week, but I did get in all of the fun and if not more that I had planned. I was on my annual cruise vacation all of last week. This is not your normal cruise though. This is The Rock Boat. It’s 5 days of music, sun, more music, some alcohol (okay, let’s be honest, a lot of alcohol) and so much fun with friends. This was my 10th Rock Boat and we went out of New Orleans. A bunch of us even went down a few days before we left to extend the vacation a bit, which is why I also tagged on running the MS Blues Half Marathon.
While in New Orleans I felt fast! I am not sure if it was the change in the air or what, but I just felt on fire for my runs. The splits and average paces were some that I had not seen in some time. I wasn’t complaining at all, but when I was suppose to be going easy, it certainly wasn’t the case on paper. I certainly loaded my workouts to the front of the week, but that’s all because I was enjoying my vacation so much at the end of the week! I always work out on vacation, but it was actually nice for a change to just not workout a few days while being on the boat. Something I usually don’t do.
My biggest goal of the week was to do my long run of 16 miles. This time last year is about where I lost it for my 2017 marathon training and I was determined to not let that happen. I figured if I got in that long run and a few other shorter runs, I would be okay. It certainly loomed over my head and while I would say it did not ruin my vacation, I was more than thrilled to have actually completed it and then I felt like I could really relax now and enjoy those adult beverages.
Monday: 4 miles, 43:24, 10:51/mile
Tuesday: 1.5 miles, 16:41, 11:07/mile (treadmill)
Wednesday: 6 miles, 1:02:17, 10:23/mile (33 laps)
Thursday: 16 miles, 3:02:13, 11:23/mile (88 laps)
Saturday: Partying way too hard
Sunday: Recovering from the way too hard partying
Total Miles: 27.5 miles
Overall, I did 121 laps on the boat. It’s actually not a record for me, but the 88 at once was. For that long run, I broke it down into 2 mile increments (11 laps). I would stop for about 60 seconds each 2 miles to grab water and refuel. I started the run as we were pulling into Progeso and watched the sunrise over the pier. It was certainly the hottest run I had done in some time and down 3 bottles of water and probably could have gone for more. It was a fast run based on my time and overall it felt pretty good. I didn’t do any walking until mile 12! The rest every 2 miles I think helped in how I felt, so I can’t judge this run as being great looking at the numbers, but I was pleased with how I did. Considering all of my friends were off drinking and I was just running lap after lap, I can’t complain too much with finishing 16 miles on the boat.