I'm visiting family this week in North Carolina. I was a bit unsure about coming here, as spending so much time with my family isn't always as nice as it sounds. Don't get me wrong - I love my family. But seeing them can still be stressful. I was also worried about leaving Hannah while I was away. She has a couple of my co-workers looking after her, but kitty is scared of strangers, so I feel bad about leaving her. Yeah...I'm a little too attached to my cat.
But I needed some time off, and if that means leaving Hannah for a little while and spending time with family, then so be it. And a trip to the beach makes everything seem a lot better.
It is beautiful here! I take a long walk on the beach every evening before dinner. And every day after lunch. And sometimes again after dinner. Or in the morning. What can I say? I just can't get enough of the ocean! I love the way it sounds and smells. I love seeing the sun rise over the water in the mornings.
My family rented a house right on the beach for everyone to stay at during the week, which is awesome because I wouldn't have been able to afford this trip otherwise. Since they are paying for the house, I just had to get myself here.
I've done a little bit of shopping. Money is a little tight at the moment, but I can afford a new swim suit and a small foam roller. I was super excited to find a sports store that had foam rollers. It may be painful, but I really notice a difference on days that I use the foam roller. My legs were missing it, and this one should fit in my bag when I head back home. I'm not really thrilled with the swim suit, but I didn't have much choice. It was the only one I could find that fit me, and I can't go back to Chicago without going in the ocean at least once.
I'm getting my workouts in each day. I have to force myself to do strength training. I just hate it so much! But I know it is good for me, so I do it. I have a couple of body weight workouts that I use when I can't get to the gym and have no equipment at my disposal. It is just weird doing the workouts outside, in front of other people who don't always know what I'm doing. I've gotten some weird looks doing lateral lunges and oblique plank dips.
Running is easy, though. I can run anywhere as long as I have my shoes. Most mornings, I hit the streets to get in a few miles, though I do like to finish the last bit of each run right on the beach.
I'm heading back to reality in a few days. I'm a bit worried about making it back home to Chicago in time for a 10k I'm registered to run this weekend. I have some awesome friends picking up my race packet for me, just in case. Even so, I'm considering deferring my entry due to a variety of things, and not just my flight schedule.
The race also conflicts with my last group long run for my training program with Chicago Endurance Sports. I wasn't initially concerned about this, but I missed last week's long run because I was stupid and forgot to set an alarm and overslept. I really want to see my pace group one more time before training ends.
Until then, I'm going to do my best to enjoy the rest of my time at Wrightsville Beach. I don't know if I'll be able to afford the time or the money to take a trip anytime soon, so this may be my last time visiting...well, visiting pretty much anywhere for the foreseeable future.
For now, I'm going to walk on the beach, listen to the ocean, and try to memorize as much about this place as I can.