Thursday, August 12, 2010

Travel Challenge

Thanks for all the kind and encouraging comments yesterday! I've decided that because I'm going to be out of town this weekend, I'll extend the giveaway through Monday. So if you haven't entered yet, go here to do so. What do you have to lose?

Today is a busy day. Woody and I are taking a Bolt Bus to Boston this evening to meet up with my family for the weekend to celebrate my Mom's birthday! Her birthday isn't until September, but since my sister's second child is due early October, we decided to move the trip up. Thankfully the weather is supposed to be pretty nice this weekend, which is a huge relief during the brutal summer we've been having! We've never been to Boston, so I'm very much looking forward to this trip!

I'm also interested to see how this bus thing works. Gracela has taken Bolt Bus to D.C. and has been happy with it. I hear they are nice, comfortable buses, and they have wi-fi! I love the idea of taking mass transit on trips, other than planes. I'd love to take the train too. We would have done that for this trip if the price difference wasn't so incredible! This country really needs a great rail system, that doesn't cost a fortune, and a high speed rail that would easily take the place of air travel. Especially now that one airline is even charging for carry-ons, isn't it the perfect time to focus on trains?

Anyway, we get back Monday evening and I start my new job first thing Tuesday! I tend to indulge a bit too much when on vacation, especially when visiting some place I may not go again. Since I usually don't feel very healthy by the end of a trip like that, I'm determined not to go overboard this weekend! I will have ice cream, don't get me wrong, but I'm going to stay on track. I am challenging myself to follow three 'rules' so I can start my new job feeling good, healthy, and confident (because when I feel good and healthy, I ultimately feel more confident): 1. Choose healthy options at meals, stick to my normal breakfast and forgo meat (seafood is okay). 2. Only indulge in a few select treats (like ice cream) not dessert at every meal! 3. Workout at least two times. Either in the hotel fitness room or with a run in the neighborhood. I'm sure I'll feel great if I conquer this challenge.

My workout this morning was not the best, but I did get it in. My legs were feeling a bit heavy and I was having trouble walking in a straight line on the way to the gym (perhaps it was from a combination of a bad night of sleep and waking up at 4:50am?). I felt like I had to work a bit harder to get the same RPM as usual on the bike. Needless to say, I spent a little more time stretching and I'll have to find a way to stretch on the bus this evening. I wonder if they stop at all along the way - it's a 4hr drive!

Even though I won't be here tomorrow, I will take advantage of the free wi-fi on the bus, and I'll have a 5 for Friday post ready for the morning. Hope you all have a great day!

Have you ever taken a train or bus on vacation?
workout stats -
18mile bike
wobble board to strengthen my ankles
3x10 lat pull down
3x10 seated row
foam roller and stretching


shelby @ eatdrinkrun said...

I love the Bolt bus! The only bad thing about it (versus the train) is sitting in traffic, but hey, give me wifi and an outlet for my power cord and I'm happy to sit there. :)

Have fun in Boston! If you're up for eating lots of seafood, you're going to the right place!

Silly Girl Running said...

Have a great trip! :)

Leanne said...

First of all, Bolt Bus is great--I have taken it many times and it is comfy and clean. My one recommendation is to get there early because people start lining up early to get good seats!

I like your travel fitness rules of thumb, too. I travel a lot and it's interesting that I am sometimes healthier on vacation than I am in normal life--there's something about being OFF my routine that keeps me ON it, at least workout-wise (if that makes sense). I do tend to enjoy big dinners and plenty of wine while on vacation, though, so maybe my turbo-charged workouts are to make up for that! I am lucky in that I am not a sweets/dessert person :)

Have a great trip!

Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner said...

Bolt bus is great and when I took it we stopped. Just make sure you're back in time, they'll leave without you! Enjoy your mini trip!

Julie said...

I agree - Bolt bus is awesome. Pretty comfy and WAY nicer than the Chinatown busses. And you really can't beat the price.

Have a great trip!

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