A Running Vacation – A Runcation

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted an article, there are a couple of reasons for this.

1. The last two weeks I’ve been on a vacation (runcation) with my wife which consisted of 7 days on a cruise ship. It was awesome.

2. I wanted my last post to sit and stew for a while because as I’m sure you can imagine, this last week has been a little tough.

The Runcation

As the name would lead you to believe our vacation was in fact a cruise that involved running. More aptly, the “Run For Fun Cruise”. This cruise started in Fort Lauderdale and took us to Princess Cays in the Bahamas, then to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and finally to St. Maarten which is a small island owned by both the French and the Dutch.

It was a beautiful trip with even more beautiful people.

I convinced my wife to take this trip because of the company we’d be keeping, and it despite the slightly higher cost, I think it was a good choice. My friend Bruce Van Horn spoke twice on the cruise and we got to hang out with more people from our neighbor Canada than I’ve ever met in my life. It turns out they are actually as nice as people claim them to be.

The Healing

The other reason we decided to take this cruise is because it covered the week where the anniversary of Layla’s passing would occur. We knew it would be a really tough week and we thought maybe it would be a little easier to bear if we could spend our time together on the ocean. I also think this turned out to be a good choice.

As we’ve done since day one my wife and I took this time to lean in on each other as opposed to away from each other. It’s been our key to sanity and healing and if I only had one piece of advice for other couples going through something difficult it would be lean on each other. You have to go through the tough times together.

I want to end this post by telling my wife how much she means to me and how proud I am of her in the past year. She’s a rock. She’s my rock. And without her I would never be able to wake up everyday and do what I do.