What a trip

by Joanne on May 25, 2010

We made it.  We are in South Carolina after a long drive from New York to Myrtle Beach after a half marathon.  Speaking of which, look at the goof ball who made the Sunday paper

Newspaper photo

No wonder I get bugs in my mouth when I run!  I was happy to learn that my 97th place was out of 543 runners. 

Sunday’s car ride wasn’t the easiest. My left hamstring kept cramping.  We stopped about 3 times between 1 pm and 8 pm when we finally stopped for the night.  All three times I got out of the car, I moved like I was about a hundred and two.   What was so amazing was that Monday morning, I was fine.  Completely 100% A – OK!   Maybe it was my post race nutrition?  I’m pretty lucky since I don’t sweat a lot.  I’m not so sure my electrolytes suffer major depletion during  a run but to be on the safe side, I did make sure to replenish.

  • Immediately following crossing the finish line, I had 1 Hammer Electrolyte capsule with bottled water.
  • 45 minutes later, when we got home (after a lot of chit chatting at the race site), I ate an apple.
  • 30 minutes following the apple, I ate an Egg Beater omelet:  1 cup spinach, 4 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 onion-chopped, 1 cup Egg Beaters.  Finished with 1 TBS goat cheese and 1 TBS salsa.
  • In the car, I shared an Electrolyte replenish drink with Ted.
  • We shared dried fruit and nuts and an energy bar.

We finally stopped for dinner and a room at 8 pm, just before turning onto route 95.  It was not good. The music was too loud.  The wine hit the spot. The margarita which we shared was good but the bar tender coated the rim with SUGAR and not SALT.  What’s with that?!!! She must have made a mistake. That’s just not right.

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Joanne’s chardonnay, the shared margarita and Ted’s Bass ale.


The salad greens were fresh.  The dressing, simply oil and vinegar – no cheese crumbles.


A “curly” piece of salmon, raspberry sauce on the side.  Corn on the cob, which I usually don’t eat but that was all they had by way of veggies. 


Ted’s  burger, chips, and pickle.  He said it was okay.  JUST okay.

We spent the night in a not so glamorous motel.  Our choices are slim when travelling with Shane.  He cost us $15. extra bucks to stay in a Motel8 and listen to the rumble of the big rigs all night.  Apparently the rumble of the 18 wheelers agrees with Ted because he slept ok.  Shane was pacing all night and that kept me up. I was out the door at 2AM with Shane. Then again at 6 AM.  We were on the road by 7 am.  I had an apple to wake me up. 

We stopped for breakfast at 8:30 am.  Starbucks coffee first then on to Cracker Barrel for a healthy dose of carbohydrates and protein.



Cracker Barrel was very quiet. I asked the host to see if anyone knew how to get coffee out of a white sweater since I dripped the Starbucks on myself before we walked into CB.  I just should NOT wear white!

Ted had “Eggs in a Basket” which were two whole eggs cooked in the middle of sourdough bread.


We shared a HUGE bowl of oatmeal to which I added raisins and sliced bananas.


For my protein, I had plain Egg Beaters with dry wheat toast.


The car snacks were fruit and nuts.  We shared a granola bar and stopped for lunch once we were near my parents house.  We went to a Fish Restaurant in Murrells Inlet and had a terrific lunch.  No photos. I was just too hungry.

We were at my parents and settled in.  A bit of grocery shopping, I made tacos for my parents dinner (Ted and I weren’t hungry) then we took off for a 12 1/2 mile bike ride to the beach. 

The bike ride was just plain SCARY! 

  1. We had to cross and ride along route 17, a VERY BUSY highway.  
  2. When we were approaching the beach, the wind was ferocious and almost blew us off our bikes since it was blowing at us from the side.
  3. When we turned at the beach, we hit sand.  I blocked my fall but Ted went down. Now his back brake is rubbing on the tire.  He’s going to try to fix that today. He suffered no injuries nor bruises.  Good thing!
  4. The sun was setting as we rode like maniacs to beat the darkness on the way home. 

Crazy ride!  We’re going again tonight.  I guess we just love the challenge.  The roads are so flat, there are no hills to endure so it’s simply a matter of wind and speed in this area.   We’ll be practicing our spinning for sure.

This morning, Shane and I went for a  3.1 mile recovery run at a slow pace of 10.2.  We terrorized some guy whose dogs got loose. Shane stood there staring at the guy and the dogs like they were crazy. His dog was freaking out at Shane.  I was proud. 

We had to take the computers to Litchfield Plantation where the signal is stronger for work emails and faster computing.  I don’t mind it since I get to enjoy the worlds BEST COFFEE!


Ted is working away so he doesn’t use too much vacation time but will enjoy an afternoon of golf with my dad. 


It shouldn’t be that hot today.  I’m hoping my mother is feeling well enough so we can go to lunch and mosey around a few shops. 

What do you like to do THE MOST when on vacation?  I like to shop.


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  • At 2010.05.25 10:49, Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said:

    I haven’t been on a vacation in awhile, but I like to eat! 🙂

    Cracker Barrel breakfast looks really delish. I love eggs in a basket.

    .-= Jenn (Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog)´s last blog ..Overambitious Taste Buds =-.

    • At 2010.05.25 19:32, Joanne said:

      It was such a nice presentation. Ted enjoyed it.

      • At 2010.05.25 11:44, Dawn Hutchins said:

        Wow looks like you guys had a great time! Let’s see…I love relaxing, eating out and drinking good wine when on vacation.
        .-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..Pumpkin Vanilla Oatmeal =-.

        • At 2010.05.25 19:37, Joanne said:

          The wine is a must. We limit ourselves to one or two glasses on the weekend but enjoy all good wines presented to us when on vacation.

          • At 2010.05.25 12:50, Lindsay said:

            You’re a celebrity with that paper cameo! How cool is that?!?!?! Beach riding really is tougher than people realize. The winds can be crazy! I think my favorite part of vacation is seeing new things.
            .-= Lindsay´s last blog ..And The Thunder Rolls =-.

            • At 2010.05.25 19:38, Joanne said:

              Yeah, the paper cameo. Could have done without it.

              • At 2010.05.25 13:29, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                Haha, fantastic picture!! 😀

                While on vacation I love to eat.. and read. And eat. And read 😀
                .-= Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear´s last blog ..Lobster Spaghetti =-.

                • At 2010.05.25 19:38, Joanne said:

                  I always bring books with me but then never end up reading them because I’m always on the move. 🙁

                  • At 2010.05.25 14:50, Hannah said:

                    Congrats on making the paper, that’s so cool! You deserve the accolades- I could never dream of running a marathon, and seriously respect anyone who can/does.

                    • At 2010.05.25 19:39, Joanne said:

                      Haven’t done the marathon yet but half is okay at this point.

                      • At 2010.05.25 15:24, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

                        Look at the smile in that picture! Sounds like a good time. Sorry your bike ride was so rough, though.
                        .-= Lori (Finding Radiance)´s last blog ..No refined sugar day 1! =-.

                        • At 2010.05.25 19:40, Joanne said:

                          not as rough as Teds 🙂

                          • At 2010.05.25 20:25, runnerforever said:

                            It had to be fun to make the paper even if finishes never are glamour shots haha. I hate when the hammy is hurting on a long car drive, happens to me all the time. Oh, and favorite thing to do on a vacation is definitely trail riding!
                            .-= runnerforever´s last blog ..Ready to Pay Attention? =-.

                            • At 2010.05.25 22:55, Bela said:

                              Congrats on the picture in the paper!

                              I like to suntan at the beach on vacation, that is one reason why we always take beach vacations….LOL
                              .-= Bela´s last blog ..Back From My Trip Over The Border =-.

                              • At 2010.05.26 09:32, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

                                oh this is a great post…..first of all love the pic of you in the newspaper! how great and you had a great time overall-good for you.
                                it must have been hard to be in the car for so long after your event-time to get stiff for sure.
                                i hope you continue to have a marvelous time with your parents. look froward to hearing more!
                                .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Continue the Feelings =-.

                                • At 2010.05.27 22:26, Steve said:

                                  Congrats on the picture in the paper!

                                  I like to suntan at the beach on vacation, that is one reason why we always take beach vacations….LOL
                                  .-= Bela´s last blog ..Back From My Trip Over The Border =-.

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