Returning From Cruise Control

We’re back.  We had a great ten days in the Caribbean in spite of my sinuses causing me problems about half the time we were away.


The good news we saw some great places and did a lot of fun things.  In spite of not feeling well the days we were in port, I got up, out and did an excursion wherever the Emerald Princess took us.   Sometimes we gotta do what we gotta do, right?  You never know when an opportunity to visit places like Grenada, Dominica, St. Thomas and Aruba may come your way again.  I can tell you this though.  If Cheryl has her way, more opportunities to see the world, up to and including Tahiti, will come our way sooner rather than later.


The excursions provided great workout opportunities.  The up’s, down’s and rolling hills of our island destinations provided great core/balance training for me.   I even participated in an onboard 5K benefitting The Koman Foundation our last full day at sea.


I am also pleased to say I experienced minimal pain while we were away!!  I would describe any pain as the kind we all know after taking a long walk, hike, working in the yard or hard workout in the gym.  As of now, my daily activity involves more muscle tightness than pain.  That’s great as far as I’m concerned.  I can handle a lot of tight so long as there’s little to no pain.


This made it possible for me to return from the cruise and take part in the annual Reindeer Run on December, 10.  I am pleased to say was able complete the entire race in an easy jog mode and was comfortable the entire time.


As much as I enjoy cruising, I am glad to be home and back in a regular routine.  I love food.  But I can honestly say I was way tired of eating by the time we disembarked from the ship.  It feels good being back in the gym 2-3 times a week.  Kristina had me standing/balancing on a board, for brief periods of time, this week.  We’ve gone from being unable to do this at all to balancing for 3-5 seconds at a time.  That’s a big improvement for me.  And I like it!!  See.  You can teach an old dog new tricks!!


Several people have asked, “What’s next?” since my last posting on November, 20.  In answer to whether I’ll try to go back to New York for anther marathon in 2012, the answer is yes, God willing, Dr. Weatherwax feeling this is a good goal and I’m healthy enough for my body to absorb the necessary training/preparation.  How many more marathons do I have in me?  I have no idea.  But I know I mentally have what it takes to answer the challenge at least one more time.  Hopefully my body will respond positively as well.


I’ll be at the Season’s 52 Park Avenue 5.2K in Winter Park January, 21.  For details, go to


I have also been in contact with the West Volusia Runners about participating in the Swamp House half-marathon on March, 11 2012.  Several of my partners-in-crime are planning on taking part and have encouraged me to be there as well.  I received a very positive response to my inquiry last night.  I’m looking forward to training/preparing to take on 13.1 miles of fun  Hope others, who read this, will enter too.  For those who think 13.1 miles is more than you care to take on, there will also be a 5K.  You can find all the information you need at


I spent last evening with a group of students for Florida Technical College talking about overcoming challenges.  Thank you to my friend, Shelly Lewis, and her students.  Hope you enjoyed the night as much as I did.


Dr. Weatherwax said it well yesterday.  “You are moving well.  Your body is in a good place.  It has to feel good to continue getting better.”  It sure does.  Yeah, baby!!