I've been working hard this week to get over my 6 hour jetlag from my trip. Easier said than done. I can somewhat will myself to be asleep by 11pm but I used to go to bed around 10 most work nights. Then, when my alarm goes off at 5 it doesn't necessarily feel like the end of the world, but by 8am I am feeling delirious and unhappy at work. By 11 I usually feel better and start to really wake up. It's a cycle and as much as I enjoy being on Hawaii time, I'm looking forward to feeling better all day.
Over the course of the past month, I was a total slacker on my running. I don't feel bad about this considering everything that was going on but I know a lot of you would not have taken a break. A few days leading up to the wedding I kept not finding the time or motivation to get a run in. I couldn't run the morning of my wedding because it would have made my face red for the day and I wasn't interested in that - it would be red enough without the added stress of a run (my face stays red after running for far too long). The few days between the wedding and honeymoon left me with so much to do and little motivation to get running.
Once we were in Hawaii, we were adjusting to the time change and walking a lot. I was exhausted the first evening and the next day. The weather left something to be desired the first two days too - they had on and off storms, a tornado, 3 inch hail!, etc - then I got sick. It started with a pretty spectacular cough on the Saturday of our trip. On Sunday when we were in Maui, I picked up some cough medicine. HUGE mistake! It took the congestion from my chest and moved it up to my head and I couldn't keep my nose from running. :( This made it difficult to do anything on the cruise ship because I didn't want to be that girl. Plus I started to get a fever. :(:( On Monday our plans were to take a bus to a small town in Maui and wander around until the bus would pick us back up 4 hours later. We had plans to sample beer and get lunch and enjoy some time on the beach. We ended up wandering around, eating at an overpriced lunch spot and sitting there for over an hour because it was in the shade but on the water and I felt awful. We picked up some more medicine but it didn't do anything. We finally picked up a third medicine before we headed back to the ship. I ended up going to sleep as soon as we were back (around 5?) and didn't get up until the next morning. My fever finally broke and I stopped needing constant access to tissues so we continued on with our plans. I still had a cough though and lingering affects from the head congestion.
So to not make this story any longer, I didn't manage to get any runs in while on my honeymoon, despite packing some clothes to do so. I finally jumped back in the saddle after a 23 day hiatus on Tuesday of this week. I got in a slow 4 miles with two of my favorite coworkers in the beautiful DC weather. I think it helped with the jetlag that day and made my legs super sore! I can still feel my thighs. I am planning to get out for another run this afternoon to try to loosen them up a bit and enjoy the warm weather.