I was away on vacation from July 30 through August 3rd in San Juan, and we had an amazing time. Unfortunately I did very little running. I brought outfits to run every day but only used one of them. On Sunday morning we went down to the treadmill at our hotel but it was a very poorly ventilated, insanely humid room and I only made it 3 miles. We did a TON of walking while we were there and I sweated through all of my clothes and had to buy new ones, so that was somewhat of a workout. I’d like to do a quick rundown of the week:
Saturday – We checked into our hotel and the first thing I ate was a random chicken quesadilla which was really good. We went to our hotel bar for a drink, and then walked around some more and ended up at a bar called Sense 152, and went to La Barrachina for dinner (the birth place of the pina colada), and ate decent mofongo, and were exhausted. We called it an early night
Sunday – We woke up early to briefly use the gym, and did a long walk to some food trucks where I ate a really good chicken empanadilla. We kept exploring and got caught in some rain, and stumbled into a random pizza place, which was fine but probably our only regrettable meal. We went to Castillo San Felipe del Morro, which was awesome. We went to our pool, even though it was raining, and drank the bottle of champagne our hotel gave us. For dinner we went to St. Germaine for some awesome food and cocktails. I had a steak sandwich and 2 mojitos that were great. For after dinner cocktails we went to La Factoria, where we drank a lot and eventually went to bed.
Monday – We had a late lunch at Melt, which was very delicious, and we started walking to the beach, but Ti’s dad called to tell us he was in town and wanted to meet up. We ended up at Barrachina again, but I just drank pina colada there. We eventually walked to the beach at Condado Vanderbilt, which was a crazy adventure and I was on the verge of heatstroke at the end, but we spent a few hours at the beach and pool, and it was great. We went back to the hotel and went to our hotel’s wine and cheese hour, and then out to dinner at Restaurante Raices, where I had my best meal of the vacation, which was mofondo relleno de churraso.. Afterwards we met up with my moms friend Chris at Nonos, and then had some late drinks at El Batey, which was close to our hotel.
Tuesday – We woke up for breakfast a Caficultura, where I had an insane turkey sandwich, and then went to the beach at La Isla Verde, which was awesome. We went to wine and cheese again, and then got dinner at El Jibarito where I had arroz guisado and shrimp with oil and garlic. We had after dinner drinks at La madre, and again at Sense 152, and called it a night.
Weds. – We had our last meal at Casa Cortez Chocobar, which was perhaps fitting because it was my birthday and I had a huge chocolate shake to start the day. I also ordered an omelet that I had a really hard time eating even though it was very good. When we got home I was too exhausted and full and hungover to really even celebrate my actual bday, so that’s saying a lot for how much we enjoyed and indulged ourselves while we were there.
We had an amazing trip and ate all the great food and drank all the booze, and walked around a ton but we certainly did not help get ourselves in running shape. I have no regrets. Thursday night I got back on the horse and jogged 6 miles and it went OK. I am notnot in very good shape and I ate and drank a lot for a whole week, so that’s not helpful. I want to do a quick vacation run down since this is the spot where I write about things.
The next couple of days were crazy busy, and I didn’t run on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, so week 3 didn’t really happen. I worked on Friday and immediately after went to see the band Pinegrove in JC. On Saturday my buddy Tmack came up for the day and we went out and did fun things, and on Sunday Savy and Bootsy came and we saw Paul McCartney at night and ate all the food.
Last night, on Monday, I jogged 5 miles and it was tough. These first 3 weeks haven’t really been much on training but I still have a lot of time and I am going to get back on track. I have what I think is a good plan and hopefully the next 3 weeks or so I can be where I need to be. Alright, see ya!