Why can't we all live at the beach?
After a week in the sunshine and tropical warmth of Florida, it's always tough to come back to real life. I'm so grateful I was able to get away. There's nothing like a dose of Vitamin Sea to heal both body and mind. While I was happy to be away from the daily grind, I have to admit that I missed my family and my pup.
Being a goal oriented gal, I did have one goal for this week and that was to relax. Regular readers know that I've been struggling with my newish diagnosis of RA. Along with the physical symptoms, I've been on an emotional rollercoaster as I adjust to all that accompanies a chronic illness.
If only life could always be as easy as it is at the beach. Indulge me as I recap my week away.
I landed on Sunday in the bright Florida sunshine, got my car from the rental lot, and headed south across the Sunshine Skyway to my destination, Anna Maria Island. Traffic came to a standstill a few miles off the island. As my friend Mary Beth says, welcome to Florida in March! I got to my parents' place and just laid around that first day. It was kind of windy and cool, and it felt good to just take it easy that first day and soak up the warmth of the sun.
There was running.
I've been to Anna Maria many times, and I have running routes for a variety of distances. I don't run on the beach--I've tried that and it's not as enjoyable as you might think. I did some beach walking, though. I truly think that the beach is meant to savor and enjoy. There's so much to take in--the surf, the shells, the birds, and the people. People watching is always entertaining. Mostly, though, I just get lost in my head.
There was a lot of yoga.
There's a really great yoga studio on AMI where I have taken classes in the past. This year I opted for something new--I tried SUP yoga. The boards we used were special SUP boards with a yoga mat on top. When we SUP'd to the bay where we did yoga, we dropped an anchor. This held the board in place and gave it some stability. Our instructor, Rachel led us in a really nice class. She continually paddled around us to make sure we were all doing ok as well as snapping photos of us the entire time. Besides the experience of doing yoga on a SUP, I loved all the nature around us--birds were singing, the sun was shining--it was a yoga class like no other I have ever done. I was deceptively sore the next day--doing yoga on an unstable surface such as a SUP forces you to engage muscles you didn't know you had!
|Probably the best photobomb ever...|
One of the highlights of my week was kayaking with Mary Beth from Tutus and Tennies. Having spent a weekend together last December in Panama City Beach, I couldn't wait to see her again. She found an eco kayaking expedition nearby and we made plans to meet. While the group we paddled with was small, we were by far the youngest paddlers. The kayaking was easy. There were no manatees to be found--the water was pretty cold-- but we had dolphins swimming in front of us. MB and I kept falling behind the group while we talked--at one point, the guide paddled back to find us! It was a really laid back experience and so relaxing to be out on the water.
By the time we finished, it was early afternoon and we went to a nearby restaurant for a grouper sandwich and some cocktails. I miss her already!
And I basked in the attention of my parents.
The timing of this trip was perfect. Next week starts Grandmas' Marathon training! I don't know whether to be excited or scared. Stay tuned.
How was your week? Any getaways on the calendar? Have you ever done SUP yoga? Beach yoga? Running on the beach--yea or nay?
If you plan on going to AMI and want info on the SUP yoga class, the beach yoga class, the kayaking tour, or anything else, contact me at wendy(at)takinglongwayhome.com.
I'm linking up with Tricia and Holly for the Weekly Wrap as well as Amanda and Ilka for the Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup!
**apologies to Jimmy Buffett for using his awesome song title for this post. And yes, if we didn't laugh we would all go insane...