Monday… Rest day… yes I did say earlier that I would relax.
Well, I started with a small cooked breakfast, got my towel and went to laze by the pool. So far, so good… 10am came and I was up playing ‘shuffleboard’, and I was scribbled down on a pad for something – not quite sure what!
Off I go to join Joe (or Jo-A as they call him here!).
Over the loudspeaker I hear ‘Jo-A, Blinky Where are you… Don’t be lazy, be crazy and come over to crazy game’
Another game completed, now I’ll go get a drink and relax…
‘Aqua aerobics, come join us’ shout the animation team ‘Emma number 2, Blinky – come join’
Well, it would be rude not to!
Needless to say I’m exhausted by lunch and we escape to the beach to relax after lunch. Relax I did indeed. Just lying in the sun topping up the tan and day dreaming… of running 🙈
Git back to room, showered and I couldn’t stay in any longer. Running kit was on and I was out the door!
I ran the length of the complex, out past the security guard and onto the open road. It felt good to leave the hotel grounds… I had checked at reception yesterday if it was safe to venture out and I was told ‘yes, it’s safe to run outside, can’t get lost, only one road, it goes to airport (eventually), no other roads’ I asked if there would be much traffic and was informed that not many people have cars, the only vehicles on this road were transporting tourists on day trips, so maybe 5/6 a day.
Away from the complex and therefore the sea front, there was no breeze. I was out in the heat and it was a struggle to breathe well. The air felt very thin and my phone was saying 35+ degrees. Maybe I should have left it a little later to run!
The road was a long one and I ran until I hit 1.6 miles then turned and ran back. I didn’t fancy going further as it was just me on a lonely road in the middle of what is usually dessert land – a little greenery there now though after the hurricane in August (previous to that, it hadn’t rained on this part of the island for 2 years!)
On my way back, I notice a herd of cows… I quickly crossed to the other side of the road and kept running, a little afraid they might chase after me (but managed a quick photo of them!).
Sweat was pouring off me at this point.
The security guard wished me well as I came back onto the complex, I ran to my apartment block and as I got there one of the employees taking cases for the new arrivals stopped and cheered for my final few meters…. he made me feel like I had run a really big event!
‘I only did a 5k run around’ I said to him ‘not a marathon! But thanks!’
‘Lady, you run any amount and you fantastic. Weather so hot, you have strength and big smile. No stress!’
Wanted to hug him, instead I went into my room and lay on the cold tiles… tomorrow I will rest!