Travel and Fitness: Running in the islands

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One thing I’ve always loved about running is how simple it is. It doesn’t require any equipment -- just a pair of sneakers and a stretch of road or beach in front of you. Of course, a little sunshine and a spectacular view doesn’t hurt, either. Except back when we were constantly pushing Hideaway further and faster south to escape the…

Key West Ragnar Relay: A team effort

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12 wacky friends. 2 vans decorated with Christmas lights and disco balls. 196.9 miles from Miami to Key West. No sleep. A lot of giggling. Screaming and cheering for teammates in the middle of the night. Scrambling for shade from the blistering Florida sun. Blasting Lady Gaga, Pink and Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" at each exchange point. Running until…

When life gives you snow…go skiing!

One of the things I love about cruising is that it forces you to let go of schedules and go with the flow. Planning, of course, is key to cruising comfortably, since you need to look ahead at the weather so you can sail when conditions are ideal. But it's just as important to keep an open mind about changing…

Fitness Afloat: Balancing meals on board

galley cooking hideaway turf to surf

Tasha showing off her culinary prowess

Tomorrow marks our 2-month cruising anniversary and we've learned an extraordinary number of things on this trip so far. We've learned new things about mechanics, electrics (more posts to come on this subject), weather, sailing, communication and cooking. And, as a result, our day-to-day lives have changed drastically from our New York life, which seems now like a distant past…

Travel and Fitness: Killing 2 birds with 1 stone

When I lived in Manhattan, I often worked 12 to 14-hour days, and therefore I struggled to get out regularly for a run or a workout, even though it was crucial to my sanity (and Ryan's - everyone's happier when I run). So, in an effort to squeeze in some exercise, I would duck out to the gym during my…

Fitness Afloat: Anastasia State Park

"Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun." Actually, it turns out it's mad dogs, Englishmen and me. It has been over a month of pushing our boat onward in cold weather, huddled next to our Coleman camping heater, doing long hours at sea or in the ICW, not getting to shore much and wondering if we…

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