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Of Boxing and Oceans

Finding a good training buddy can be a challenge, finding fun places to train can be an even bigger challenge. Fortunately for me, on my current contract, not only have I found a wonderful training buddy, but we regularly make time to train in fun places. Boxing drills on the beach in Mystery Island, Vanuatu is an amazing way to start off any day! We like to mix it up with punching drills then sprints in the sand and push-ups on rocks. 

Haida Adventures

I am so very happy to be on vacation right now and back in my hometown of Masset, British Columbia. Taking advantage of the peace and quiet to write lots and do a lot of training on the beach. Distance runs in the morning and speed runs at night. Where is your vacation bliss?!

   
    
 

New Definitions

‘Is that a rain cloud? Does it look like stormy weather coming?’ I asked.

‘No!’ she said, ‘in Barbados, a cloud like that just means a little drizzle. Just like a red traffic light means look both ways’.

‘Where I’m from, red lights mean stop’ I said

She just laughed at me.

Redefining life and traffic laws….

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Dream it | Do it

Never ever lose sight of your biggest dreams…
Climb higher….
Reach further….
Achieve greatness….
Because you can…
And you will….

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Wanderlust……

Finding myself in a cave in Bulgaria.

Never stop dreaming.

Choose Your Own Adventure

I love a good adventure. In fact a good adventure is my favorite thing in the world. You all know how I get in slumps with training while working on the ships. Well sometimes you just have to make your own new adventure!! One of our lovely ports of call on the Carnival Imagination is Santa Catalina Island, and the city of Avalon. A gorgeous little Californian town, in which I’ve found an epic training run that I do every week. After a short tender boat ride to shore, and a warm up walk down the pier, off I go. It starts off tough with a stair climb, I haven’t counted the stairs yet, but there’s a whole bunch! Up all the stairs then up a windy curvy mountain road until you feel like you might die. At the top of the hill/mountain is the Catalina zip line adventure and then it’s back down the hill to the bottom again. At that point I do the stairs one more time then run along the coast until I feel like it’s time to come back. It’s tough and fun and a really nice change from treadmill running like I do the rest of the week! For me, It’s all about finding new adventures to keep myself motivated!!

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Wine n Dine Half Marathon!

Well those of you who have been following along with Facebook or Twitter will know that the Wine n Dine Half Marathon took place last weekend and it was glorious! This race was super exciting for me. Not only did I get to run with a bunch of my old friends, but it was a DISNEY RACE!! Which of course is my favorite type of race. We all know Disney knows how to put on a show, well they certainly also know how to put on a race!! This particular race is the finale to a magnificent event that Walt Disney World puts on in Epcot, called the Food and Wine Festival. Food and Wine is pretty much the greatest festival ever. They have booths set up all over the World Showcase from different countries and you can taste different food and beverages from each booth as you wander around the park. They also have live entertainment almost every night, this year some of the highlights included Wilson Phillips, whom I did not get to see, and Hanson, whom I did indeed see!! This magnificent event goes on for just over a month and culminates in the Wine n Dine half marathon!!! The race begins at the Wide World of Sports and goes through both Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios before ending in Epcot with a giant party and much exultation! I have been looking forward to this race for months and I’ve been training hard. I did, however, have a few trepidations.

1. Running outside!! I’ve been training strictly on a treadmill for the last 7 months. How am I going to react to running on real life land, have I been training g hard enough? I try to vary my treadmill incline and speed enough to mimic land, but maybe I didn’t train correctly or enough.

2. Temperature!! I spent the last 3 months in the Baltic, training in the cold, how will my body react to the high temperature and humidity of Florida?! Especially with all the signs proclaiming ‘EXTREME HEAT WARNING!! STAY HYDRATED, THIS MAY NOT BE THE WEEKEND TO RUN YOUR BEST TIME’

3. Time!! This was a night run. Start was 10pm. Sure I do training runs that late, but my entire race history, be it marathons or triathlons, is all morning. I know how to prepare for morning races, I know how my body reacts, nights races are a whole other ball game, I’m not sure how best to prep.

So I went into the race, not expecting much, but expecting to do the best I could do. As expected, the first 3 miles were the worst. I always fight through those. Between mile 2-3, a ruthless cramp almost crippled me, but I ran through it. I love running outdoors. After the amount of discipline I’ve developed to run on a treadmill for endless miles, it was like a vacation to run outside, so many things to look at, so many people to race!! Turns out I didn’t do so badly in the training department. Once that pesky cramp worked itself out, I ran like there was no tomorrow. I felt amazing and turns out, I ran my best time ever! 2:05!! And I had a blast!!! Great success!!! And at the finish line, not only did I get a massive giant medal, but also a glass of wine!! Best. Race. Ever!!!!

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A Celiac Abroad

I have an amazing tale of gluten-free excellence to pass on from Rome. I spent the entire Mediterranean season hearing about how delicious all the pizza and pasta in Italy was, and never getting to try any, as that is generally a giant pile of gluteny death for me. On our last Rome stop, my Russian friend Alexey and I were walking to the Trevi fountain and happened to turn down a fabulous side street that had a small sign advertising….wait for it….RUSSIAN MENU AND GLUTEN FREE MENU. We both almost had heart attacks. For one, Alexey could read the menu in his mother tongue and I could order something traditionally Italian. We scurried off to the Trevi fountain, after promising the lovely Maitre’d that we would most certainly be returning. A few coin tosses and some priceless photo stops later, we returned to the restaurant, and the waiter proudly informed me that EVERY PIZZA AND PASTA on their menu could indeed be made completely gluten free! After I recovered from the shock and amazement, of course I ordered a pizza, Alexey happily read his Russian menu, and we shared some crisp Sicilian pinot grigio. Let me tell you right now, that was hands down the most amazing pizza I’ve ever eaten, on my last day in Rome, I finally got to experience what my friends had been going on about. It was an absolutely unforgettable day in Rome!

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Postcard from St. Thomas

 

He extended one hand and pointed towards the horizon…..’see that boat over there with the brown stripe?? That’s where I live’

The Cruise Life

I feel like I need to take a moment to just address how much fun I’m having!! I love working on a cruise ship so far, and sometimes we even get off the ship and enjoy ourselves……like this:

Reunited with one of my best friends!! Best place for a reunion is the Bahamas, hands down!!

Least co-ordinated jumping of all time

My beverage came in a monkey head!

I’m on a boat!

Are you ready for another fun post about the amazing adventures I had this summer? I’m trying to get them all posted before I start on all the fun things happening in Florida! So one of our members at the golf course has a boat that is moored in the Oak Bay Marina and one day he offered to take a few of us out for some drinks, tunes, and open ocean. It was an amazing way to spend an afternoon and we even took a dip in the ocean! Here’s a few photos!!

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