Friday, April 27, 2018

Detours when Exercising on the Road and Friday Faves

My first full day in Delaware started with a morning swim.

The Marriott hotel that we are staying in while mrC attends his recurrent training has an indoor pool that looks like it's the same size as any other hotel indoor pool, which according to my quick online research averages around 17 feet. Using that number in my workout (40 laps), I probably swam 400 meters in 30 minutes. It felt good to be in the pool, but I'm really missing the 25 meter length of the lap lanes at our fitness center.

I realized yesterday that there are a lot of variables that can affect a workout when traveling. Just going to swim I had to 1) adjust to the length of the pool, 2) deal with the fact that there was no changing room or toilets at the pool ---> hello changing under a towel!, and 3) time my workout so that I didn't miss the breakfast service window.

Traveling presents other obstacles I've talked about on Instagram and in previous blog posts, but what it boils down to is that you have to figure out a way to make it work. Whether you go outside or inside or stay in your hotel room, there are plenty of ways to workout when you are on the road. It might not be exactly what you planned, but you can't wait for everything to be perfect. You might be waiting forever!

It was such a pretty day that I decided to take a walk after my free breakfast of scrambled eggs and chicken sausage. There's a Wellness Walking Trail that I found when we were here last year not far from the hotel. From the hotel, the entire loop was 3.21 miles and took me about an hour.

Most of the trail loops around the hospital campus maze of parking lots and buildings, but one section passes by this small lake. It was still a bit chilly for me at 60 degrees but a great follow up to my morning cardio workout.


I have some Friday favorites for today:

1) These athleisure shoes are so comfortable and make me feel like I'm not wearing sneakers because they are so stylish.

2) This book: Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen because so many of us struggle with food issues ---> what to eat, how much to eat, what to avoid eating, when to eat, our feelings about what we're eating/not eating...

3) Being reunited with Jane's Krazy Mixed up Salt because it just makes everything taste better, especially my eggs.

4) I'm so happy that we upgraded our GoPro because it takes amazing water photos (see above) and I don't have to mess with a waterproof case.

5) Spring. It was so nice to see signs of Spring. I know many of my US friends have been waiting a long time to see this and I forgot how much I like daffodils.

Have any Friday favorites?

Has Spring arrived where you live?

I'm linking up with Lacey and Meranda and Rachel for the Friday Five 2.0!


  1. Those sneakers are cute! I would like a pair of athleisure sneakers. Maybe that will be one of my spring wardrobe purchases. Happy Friday!

    1. Good luck! There are so many cute choices available. You might end up with more than one pair :)

  2. Spring is trying hard to arrive here. The daffodils are blooming -- unfortunately the weather sucks at the moment but you can't change that so like exercise & travel, you just have to go with the flow (or complain -- and that does actually get pretty old).

    1. So true! I don't normally miss Hong Kong when I'm back in the US, but this cold weather (and my lack of proper gear for it) has me longing for the warmer temps there.

  3. I love discovering new fitness trails. How lucky that there was one so close to the hotel. Boo for not having a changing room at the pool. What's up with that??? Thanks for linking up with us.

    1. The options at this hotel are much better than last week in CT ---> except the changing room thing!

  4. Yes to the daffodils! Our backyard is blooming. Sadly, the cool temperatures are back for the weekend!

    Enjoy your stay!

    1. What is up with these cold fronts? We were here the beginning of March last year but the temps now feel almost the same as then. Crazy!


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