So Mexico wasn’t all just chillaxing and Pina Coladas on the beach.
I did manage to squeeze in a few workouts while I was away. Which after a week of wedding festivities was a much needed de-stresser. And oddly enough relaxing at the same time.
So you can bet that I was jumping with joy when I saw that our resort was offering daily activities –one of them being yoga overlooking the ocean. 🙂
I made sure to plan in a yoga morning around all of our fun excursions, because my body needed a little yoga love.
That view of the ocean was spectacular. And the sounds of the waves and the birds chirping were natures music to my ears.
As you can tell, my camera and the humidity didn’t quite get along so well. You will notice a few pictures are a bit blurry due to my camera lens being fogged up.
We managed to squeeze in 2 different yoga sessions while we were at the resort. Each class lasted about 1 hr 30 minutes and included a long savasana and lots of breathing exercises and stretching.
This yoga class was different than anything I had ever done before, besides a few downward dogs, we actually never left our mat.
He led us through several different stretches and yoga moves that could all be done pretty much with your butt to the mat.
Though it doesn’t sound like you could get a workout from sitting on your bum, whatever he had us doing left my abs killing the next day. And left me feeling amazingly refreshed afterwards.
My favorite part was at the end of the class the teacher would have us lay on our stomachs to do the savasana and he would walk around and give each person a 30 second back massage.
And then he would end the class by asking each of us to think of anything in the world that we wanted, money, happiness, sucesss… and just know that all these things we can have. He also reminded us to live every day as if it were our last and that the most important person in this world is you.
I appreciated this outlook on life and yoga. And will forever remember these two special yoga classes.
And now onto running…because this is a running blog afterall!
It didn’t take too long before J. Alabama and I were inspecting the resort gym. I was happy to see five treadmills sitting in a nice air conditioned room. The Mexico humidity was killer on this Idaho girl!
It wasn’t the best run I’ve ever had, nor was it the worst…but it was a much needed sweat fest.
I ran 3 miles in my vibrams on the treadmill and loved every second of it.
I have talked before about running in vibrams on the treadmill and I still really enjoy the feeling of my feet on the tread.
But running in vibrams on a treadmill in Mexico is kind of an oxymoron if you have a nice sandy beach and your own bare feet to take you on a run.
So J. Alabama without much convincing got me to run naked with him on the beach. Oh please….we we were not naked-naked but without shoes & without gadgets.
You know just me and the sand beneath my toes. It was glorious!
We ran up the beach through piles of seaweed, around small children, and through splashing waves for roughly 1.5 miles.
The freeing feeling of running barefoot in the sand and actually being able to feel the ground beneath my feet was amazing! I could see why people love this.
We were definitely a sweaty mess afterwards. But the joy of running on the beach is whenever you get hot you can just jump into the water to cool off.
Brilliant I tell ya!
So my REAL barefoot running experience was positive. I will definitely make sure to try this again the next time I find myself on a tropical and beachy vacation.
So there you have it… you can workout and relax all at the same time. Who knew?
I think the important thing for me was to not think about it has “having to workout”. But finding a creative way to get in a little extra movement in a fun and exciting way.
But now that I’m back and all the festivities are behind me, I’m hoping to really kick it back into gear. I really want to run marathon number 2 in October which means I have to really focus now.
What are your thoughts about working out while on vacay? Yay or Nay?