Sunday at Sea

This morning I got up early to to get my ten mile run in so I could have the rest of the day at leisure. I was on the track before 7:00 AM and was able to capture a picture of the sunrise. The sea, clouds, and awakening sun was a wonderful view to begin my run. Twenty four laps around was my goal for 10 miles. A friend who has sailed this ship suggested I start early as walkers begin crowding track as the morning progresses. I am glad I listened to him. For my first five miles it was relatively quiet, there were a few other runners and even a few walkers. The ship posts very clearly on the track that runners should stay to the left and walkers to the right. Just a few times did I have to announce “on your left” as I passed by. I didn’t find the repetition of the laps too monotonous. I broke it down into segments of three laps and would just think “three more laps and I am closer to finishing.” I also would pay attention to the others on the track and think “how many times have I passed her? Wow, how many times did he pass me? No wonder she was so fast, she only ran a mile….” Before I knew it I was done. What a difference a flat course makes! I was 36 seconds per mile faster than my ten mile run last week.

We were at breakfast before ten and at the pool by eleven. I love reading in the sun and took advantage of it. This morning we sat by the sports pool. Before we headed to lunch I jumped in the pool, showed my friend my flip turn progress, and tried a lap. Eight strokes later I was at the opposite wall. So tomorrow when we are in Haiti I will be doing an open water swim. Life is rough, I tell ya.

I have been trying to upload my sunrise picture, but it has not been successful. I guess even the most perfect vacation days may have a few clouds. Well, that will just leave me with more to share later. Now a sun chair is calling my name over the steel drum band playing pool side.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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