Thursday, September 20, 2018

Disney Cruise Day 3: At Sea Day

Our first full day on board the Disney Fantasy was an at Sea Day. It also happened to be formal night and our plans didn't include a whole lot of anything, which I loved.


We did sleep in a little bit after a late night at the adult club, then we decided to grab breakfast at Cabanas. Leisurely eating breakfast while relaxing and people watching was so nice and definitely something we haven't had a chance to experience in a little while.


Mickey waffles and museli are a favorite of mine on DCL.


Our first "activity" for the trip took place mid morning in La Piazza. We are huge nerds and LOVE Disney trivia, so we played as many rounds as we could on this trip! We also won!


Between lunch and the next round of trivia, we explored the ship and took a few pictures.


I also had my first specialty coffee from DCL (EVER...can you believe it?) and it was delicious! My new barista friend also gave it to me as a "gift" from Mickey for my birthday! Now that's a way to get the cruise started off just right! :)


Before dinner, we played another round of trivia...this time, it was Disney music trivia. We also saw a guy we recognized from the adult club the previous evening and he was alone, so we asked if he wanted company. He was a super sweet guy from London and we loved making a new friend! In fact, we continued to play trivia as a "team" several times throughout the cruise! He also loved our team name, by the way (Idiots on a Cruise prevails)!


As I mentioned before, formal night was also this evening and I'm so glad they decided to put this on the very first full day on the ship, before everyone was sunburned with weird tan lines and such.


Our dinner that evening was in Enchanted Garden. This restaurant is so pretty...I love the atmosphere!


When you start off in the restaurant with your meal, it's day time. As the meal progresses, the sun begins to set and the flowers begin to awake. By the time dessert has come around, it's night time and the stars are out. It's such a neat experience!


After returning to our room, Jason surprised me with a room full of decorations for my birthday the following day!


It was such a fun surprise! I loved it!

After a relaxing day at sea, we slept peacefully and prepared for our next relaxing day at sea! Take me back, please?!

That's it for today! Thanks for following along with our recent cruise vacation! Stay tuned for more next week! :) 

What's your favorite part of an at sea day?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tips to Keep the Excitement in Running

Let's face it - after running for a while, we all get to a point where we feel tired, worn out, or simply burnt out. I have certainly felt that way many times over the past 10 years or so since becoming a runner, and have found a few tips that help every time I feel that "slump" coming on. Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite tips with you to help keep the excitement in running!




#1 Change It Up
Do you continually run the same route over and over again? Well, maybe it's time to branch out and explore...find a new route! Do you have a national park near your home? How about a gorgeous lake or a pretty school campus? Seeing new things or running a new route is always a plus for me. Add some variety to your running routes and it will make a world of difference, I promise!

#2 Register For A Race
Are you currently registered for a race? Having a race to train for and look forward to always gives a little extra motivational push for me and it's a great way to add some excitement to your training plan! Finding a local or even an out of town race can be a great way to give a little more excitement to your running regime!

#3 Find A Friend
Having a friend or a buddy to share in the miles with makes all the difference in the world. Branch out and find a local running group! It's not as intimidating as it seems, I promise. Running with a friend helps the miles fly!

#4 Cross Train 
Mix it up! Add a little variety to your training plan with a cross training day or two per week. Do you have a local gym, a spin studio, Orangetheory, a pool, or even access to YouTube? The list could go on and on. There's so many ways to incorporate cross training into your routine and your body will thank you for it, too!

#5 New Shoes
Ok, who doesn't love a run in a brand new pair of cushy running shoes for the first time? Or what about a cute new outfit to add to your running wardrobe? Yes, this one is totally superficial and I'm not encouraging you to go out and buy a new running outfit every single time you feel like you are in a slump, but it doesn't hurt every once in a while! Sometimes, you just gotta look for the little things....

Last but not least, REST.  When your body is telling you it's tired and you need to rest, go ahead and do it. I'm sure you've heard it a million times, but it's SO important to listen to your body and take those rest days when needed. When your next running day comes around, you'll feel refreshed and excited to run once again!

Running is such a fun sport and when that sparkle of excitement dims, it's sometimes hard to find it once again. So, I hope these tips have helped if you're needing to find that excitement once again!

How do you keep the excitement in running? 

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