The Beaches of Punta Cana

Running when on holidays is tough. For one, who want’s to run in 30°+  heat? OK, you can get up early enough to run in the pre-dawn 25° but then again, who wants to get up at 5:30 to run at 6am when you are on vacation? Me!

I managed to run all 7 days, keeping my run streak alive and keeping close to my Boston marathon training schedule. I even managed a few afternoons in the gym, for some core workouts, spinning and cross training. But don’t worry, i still managed an awesome vacation with loads of downtime, afternoon naps and even a few Mai Tais! I actually broke my streak of no beer during training. How could I not? It’ so good once it hits your lips! But just a couple. And I came back from a week away of buffet and great restaurants only 2 lbs heavier. I can tackle that this week!

Most importantly, I got to run on a beach again. I ended several of my runs with a few km on the hard packed sand, barefoot. So nice. Mainly though, the mileage (102kms over the 7 days) was done on a monotonous 1.6 km loop around the property. It was 1.4 actually but a slight detour up a 100m hill to the front entrance made it exactly 1 mile. Definitely good mental training!

I used the said hill for some repeats on the last day, literally 1 hour from departure I threw in a 2nd run encompassing 1 lap of the property plus 11 repeats of the hill as hard as possible up the short but steep incline. Then I rushed back for a shower and packed up, and we sadly headed home after what was a wonderful sunny week away. Yes, I heard the weather in Toronto was beautiful, but sorry, it was better where we were!

We landed at 2:30 am Friday night, and got to our own beds at 4:30am! We had too much to do Saturday to sleep in much past 9 so we didn’t catch up much and then Sunday morning we ran the Achilles St Patty’s Day 5k race. You’d think this would have been a disaster but I managed a personal best 19:25. I guess the hard work is paying off. More on this race later.




Beaches RunnerAbout Beaches Runner
Crazy mad runner, wanting to be fitter and faster but too busy to do it right. Still, I keep trying.

Comments are closed.