Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cruise Running


No, I’m not referring to the nutball above rapidly making his way to the next Scientology meeting.  Rather, Mrs. Evolving’s company is hosting a Bahamas cruise this weekend, and she has been kind enough as to bring me along to serve as her personal cabana boy.  Neither of us has ever been on a cruise before, so it should make for quite the adventure.

When faced with the prospect of a first-time cruise to sun-drenched islands aboard a giant floating buffet table with countless possible activities, what would a normal person do?  Clearly not falling into the normal category, and afflicted with a bad case of the need-to-runs (decidedly preferable to a bad case of the runs) I quickly made my way to the website, skipped past the assorted decadence, and went directly to the description of the workout room in search of treadmills.  In reading about the workout room, I stumbled upon a reference to the running track located on one of the many levels of the ship.  An outdoor track on the deck of the ship.  Perhaps this is common knowledge to the cruising veterans of the world, but that has must-try written all over it.

We’ve all seen the ‘you know you’re a runner when’ lists, and we’ve probably contributed to a few, but this was one of those moments when the chocolate of the list hit the peanut butter of reality.  4 kid-free, worry-free days at sea, and I’m most excited that I’ll be able to stick to my training plan with a 4-miler on Saturday and a 14-miler on Sunday while Captain Stubing guides us across the waves and Isaac whips up a cool recovery shake.
"Your wife just left the ship and headed for the beach ..... but you keep right on running my man"

I’ve already shared my nerdtastic fascination with Garmin route maps from random outings, and if the satellites cooperate this one should be very interesting.

With October just days away the Fall races are finally getting underway.  Just 6 more weeks until mine, and I’m already getting excited.  As for this weekend …. To those about to race, I salute you.

26 comments:

  1. Enjoy it!

    How awesome.

    Just a FYI - other travelers don't understand the fact that the cute little loop IS A TRACK - like one you run on.

    So stay alert.

    I've had many a stumble running those damn things. It's more like a game of frogger.

    I'd personally take the treadmill, but of course you KNEW I'd say that. ;)

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  2. Ha! That will make for quite the interesting Garmin readout. I hope the satellites cooperate as I would love it see it!

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  3. Have a great trip. I've never been on a cruise either so I didn't realize there would be a track!

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  4. Another plan would be to run at each port of call. Then on board you could enjoy the recovery drinks (pomegranate margaritas?).

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  5. like someone said above, it can be super hard to run on the track on the ship. If it's rocking at all, it can make you stumble and you do have to watch out for people walking or hanging out there.

    I've only been on a cruise once since I started running, and the treadmills were being used by a bunch of teenage girls when I went in there. I like Kovas's idea of running in the port of call!

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  6. I never noticed that huge gap between Isaac's teeth before.

    I can't wait to hear how it is running the outside track on a ship. Can you pee over the side because I would HAVE to do that. I think it's on my bucket list and since I skydived already, that's next.

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  7. Can't wait to see Garmin map from that run.
    While I am not much for cruise ships, I would not mind hopping tropical islands.

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  8. Haha I've totally done this! I went on a cruise in the midst of marathon training and tried to run on the track on board...major FAIL. The rocking of the boat makes for a rollercoaster in your stomach. Plus, the track is so short! Good luck and enjoy your cruise!

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  9. That track goes right through the main outdoor lounging area, plan on running early in the morning, before the deck is crowded with partiers, you wont be able to run when people finally wake and want to "play"

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  10. I think I could manage four miles on the track but fourteen???? Dude.

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  11. I can completely relate to this...I'd have done the same thing in trying to figure out how to get the runs in. Glad you can make it a win-win!

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  12. 14? that's bad**s! Mine is going to be in 6 weeks too! Good luck to us! =)

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  13. Ok, since I have a BSc. in Astrophysics, my only piece of reasoning is:
    (1) you are on a moving object
    (2) when running you are a moving object
    (3) when running in the direction of the moving object your GPS speed will appear to be your speed plus the objects speed
    (4) when running in the opposite direction of the object you are running on your GPS will appear to be the object speed minus your speed
    (5) your GPS distance and track will look like you were using the hot-dog-shaped spirograph
    (6) Gopher was annoying, and I preferred Fantasy Island when Barbie Benton was on

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  14. (7) I believe everything I stated was already stated by Suzi in one sentence

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  15. My in-laws will also be on a cruise to the Bahamas this weekend! I can't wait to see what the Garmin map will look like. Have fun, and good luck!

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  16. You are dedicated! I'd likely get the miles done before or after the trip, just to have my feet on the ground. Maybe, you can do part of the run on the treadmill on board, part on the track on deck and part at a port of call. That should make for interesting Garmin data. Good luck and have fun!

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  17. I would probably have checked for treadmills too...and the track would have made me smile. Reading the above comments, it sounds like the track may not be the best idea...whatever you do, have fun and enjoy figuring out how to get those miles done :)

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  18. Wow I really hope the garmin read out works, that would be super cool to see. :) Jealous of the cruise. :(

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  19. You had me at "4 kid-free, worry-free days at sea!"

    Enjoy!

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  20. Never been on a cruise! I hope you have a fantastic time! can't wait to see Garmin's map!

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  21. I would do the exact same thing!

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  22. How I miss the Love Boat.

    Can't wait to hear about you kicking all those mai-tai drinking lazybones off of your track!

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  23. If your training does not degredate on this trip you will be the biggest stud on the planet. Sounds tough. I bet the treadmills are facing to the ocean so shouldn't be too bad. You can do it!

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  24. looking forward to that garmin route map.

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  25. definitely looking forward to the recap on this one!

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