Finally had the chance to venture off our resort property yesterday and experience real Mexico. It was definitely a surreal experience. I know for certain that I’ll think twice before complaining of anything when I’m back stateside, but the biggest thing that stood out to me was the fact everyone was so happy – even if they were living in a hut on the side of the road or walking for miles and miles down a vacant highway. The kids laughed and smiled, and the adults went on about their day-to-day lives with smiles on their faces as well. Made me really be thankful for all that I have back home, and it was definitely a great reminder that I’ve got it pretty damn good.
Other than an eye-opening experience or two with the locals we also visited the ruins at Tulum and Coba (there are some photos of both on SnapChat and Instagram), and I’ll be sharing those in a separate post a little bit later. If you’re visiting Mexico I’d definitely recommend visiting at least one set of ruins. They’re gorgeous, and I always love being able to see a part of history and then be able to see “I’ve been there” when you see it in a movie or mainstream media. Tulum was the prettier of the two in my opinion (my parents thought the opposite) because of all the ocean views it afforded. The ruins were definitely smaller and less intact, but there was a gorgeous beach right off the ruins which made the trip worth it to me. The waters in Tulum are the prettiest turquoise color that I’ve ever seen. Coba was the bigger of the two we visited, and I even got to climb to the top of one of the buildings (probably about 200 or so steps up). The view from on top was gorgeous, and while the climb up wasn’t too hard the climb down was a little harder. I may even include a video or two from my climb down when I upload the post on the ruins later this week, so keep an eye out! Next trip I definitely want to check out 2-3 other ruins because even though it was quite the drive from our resort, it was well worth it. Like I said if you’re planning a trip to Mexico, include a full day to visit these spots – it’s well worth it. Take it from me though that you need to leave EARLY and plan to spend the bulk of the day driving. It gets much, much hotter at the ruin sites (other than Tulum) because of the fact they aren’t near the ocean – so bring plenty of water and enjoy it.
Speaking of enjoying it – my time here in paradise is coming to a close so I’m going to close my Mac and turn up the tunes and lay by the pool and drink probably one too many beers. Follow along on SnapChat @TheKentuckyGent or on Instagram for some boozy poolside fun.
In keeping with typical fashion this week – today’s Thursday Things is a of a different sort. The internet down here isn’t reliable (or fast) enough for me to read all of the blogs that I do every day normally, and like I said yesterday – I’m on vacation. Not 100% vacation from all things “work”, but I’m trying to take a break from some of it. Since I didn’t get to read my usual blogs and can’t share my favorite posts from the week I’m going to share my favorite things about Mexico this week (so far).
Our resort is gorgeous, and it’s beyond huge. We asked to be moved to a closer building because the walk was a little much for my parents, and the staff kindly agreed. We’re now less than 100 feet from two of the pools.
Which leads me to me next point – the staff down here (and everyone we’ve encountered) have been incredibly welcoming and friendly.
The language barrier has certainly lead to some interesting conversations (or attempts at conversations), but none-the-less they’ve been great.
Even the other folks vacationing have all been incredibly easy to deal with – which was a nice surprise, but I mean who can really be salty about being down here?
Like I said yesterday I’ve also loved falling asleep early + getting up early.
The sunsets and sunrises down here are definitely something worth waking up early for – what’s not to love about seeing the sun come up over the ocean?
There are several pools on site – which means none of them are too crowded. I’ve never once had to wrestle someone for a chair to lay out in, and for that I’m enterally grateful.
Staying on a large compound has its advantage though, like having 9 restaurants on site + a grocery store. We didn’t leave the resort until yesterday to run errands in town, and it has been so nice not having to worry about leaving. If you ever travel down to Mexico, I’d recommend a resort that’s set up similar.
Wel – that’s all I can think of for right now. I’ve honestly not done much besides lay out by the pool and go for walks on the beach , which I’m more than ok with. We didn’t make it to Tulum yesterday, so we’re headed out today bright and early. Be sure to follow along on Instagram throughout the day to see some snaps!
When on vacation I love falling asleep early and waking up just as early, which has happened every day since arriving at The Grand Mayan in Riviera Maya. With that comes blog posts coming at you on little bit different schedule than usual, and for that I do apologize. Since I’m on vacation though – I hope y’all with bare with me because spending time on the beach and catching up on some sleep are taking priority this week. I promise to be back up and running at full steam ahead as soon as I land state side, scout’s honor.
Yesterday was spent walking for close to 3 hours up the beach to the right of our resort, and I snapped some photos while out on the walk. If you’ve yet to visit Mexico – I’d say add it to your bucket list. I was a little hesitant about coming down based on some things I’ve heard; but everyone we’ve encountered has been incredibly hospitable, and the views they’re beyond gorgeous. Keeping it short and sweet again today – headed down to the front desk to pick up a rental car to make the drive down to Tulum to do some exploring. I won’t be posting on SnapChat while I’m down there as I already exceeded my data allowance (whoops), but I’ll be posting a ton of them once I’m back on WiFi at the hotel, same goes for Instagram- stay tuned!
This week’s Tuesday Tip is a little different than usual, for a few reasons. Most of all because it’s coming at you from Mexico (I’m sitting on my balcony over looking the rainforest and drinking my coffee), it’s coming at you later than usual (sorry, the sun down here really takes it out of you, and I was passed out by 9 pm), and it’s more of me saying endorsing wanderlust instead of a tip.
In other words if you have the chance to travel, do it – even if you can’t afford it at the moment. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right? Not going to lie travel has always scared me a bit because of the monetary value that’s attached to it, but at the end of the day something we’ve all got to ask ourselves is if the experience is worth the price tag attached to it. In my case, it is.
I’ve only been in Mexico for one full day so far, and I already know that this trip was 100% worth the price tag. If for no other reason than getting out of my comfort zone which forced me to think outside the box and look at things in a whole new light, and when you’re a self-employed, creative type that’s worth just about anything. Maybe you can’t or don’t want to get away for a full week, maybe you’re not wanting to travel outside the country, and that’s all ok – there’s plenty of places for a weekend getaway within a few hours of all of us. All I would recommend is going somewhere you’ve not been before. We’re all guilty of sticking with what’s comfortable, what we’re used to, and by doing that we do the same things over and over again. Part of the fun in traveling somewhere new is figuring out what to do, where to eat, and a long list of other things.
Whether it be the Aquarian in me or something else entirely I’ve always enjoyed trips that included beaches more than any other trips, and the beaches here in Riviera Maya are NO exception. Crystal clear water with white, white sand beaches. What’s not to love? It’s been a balmy 80 degrees here every day with a constant breeze from the ocean, and this is about as close to heaven as possible. If you’re considering giving into your wanderlust sometime in the near future – I’d recommend Mexico. It’s a short jaunt from the mainland, and it’s actually a cheaper trip (from Kentucky) than Florida, and the folks down here are beyond hospitable. It’s a win, win in my book.
Looking for more wanderlust inducing ideas or tips on how to travel and do it right? Then check out my buddy’s blog, Leave Your Daily Hell. Besides being a great writer and all around swell guy – he is one of the biggest driving forces behind me wanting to travel more and more. And that’s all for today y’all, keeping it short and sweet so I can start to soak up some rays. Be sure to follow along on Instagram and SnapChat at “TheKentuckyGent”. I’m planning out a trip to Tulum tomorrow, and I’m SO excited to do some exploring.
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Believe it or not – I’ve been running for close to 10 years now, but never once ran competitively in high school, much to the chagrin of my uncle (who happened to be my PE teacher). My first go at running competitively was during the Papa John 10 Miler here in Louisville. I had a friend (Kathleen) that was running the Triple Crown, and I thought it sounded like a challenge – so I agreed to run the last leg of the event with her, the 10 miler.
Without my friend I don’t think I would have ever ventured out my door that day to compete in my first competitive race, which means I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to y’all about fitness. She’s married now with a gorgeous little baby and some beyond adorable fur children, but she’ll always be one of my real champions for getting me started on a life long journey of pushing myself to be the best possible version of myself.
In my head 10 miles didn’t seem that long at all, but in reality I was young and naïve. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My shoes didn’t fit properly, and my clothing was definitely not race appropriate. Now by that I don’t mean I was wearing anything inappropriate, but what I was wearing definitely negatively impacted how I ran that day. But at the time – I didn’t know any better. Maybe you’re in the same boat as I was then, and if so today is your lucky day!
Something that I have learned over the last few years of running competitively would be the importance of well-fitting, moisture wicking clothing when training, running, or doing any kind of exercise in general. Comfort plays a big role in training for me, especially now that I’m getting into 20+ mile runs as the marathon gets closer and closer. There’s absolutely nothing worse than your shorts riding up or even worse starting to chafe you around mile 10 or so. Because once it starts, it doesn’t stop until you stop running. I’ve been that fool on more than one occasion that’s tugging at the inseam of his shorts while running because things started riding up and my thighs started to chafe. It’s the worst. Not only is it embarrassing, but it also will negatively impact your pace and put a real damper on your mood – just take my word for it.
The gear that I’m wearing today from Champion’s Spring 2015 line have chafe resistant seams, and let me tell you they’re literally life-savers. Those seams coupled with Champion’s vapor fast drying technologies and ultra light fabrics make for much more comfortable runs, because after all shouldn’t it be about #AllGainNoPain?
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