I know that the wedding recap is supposed to come before the honeymoon one, but I don’t have my pictures back yet from my photographer so that one is just going to have to wait.
We decided to not take any downtime between our wedding and honeymoon, and I must say I do not regret our decision. We were still on cloud nine from the best day of our lives as we hopped on our plane in Charlotte the next day. We flew from Charlotte to Miami, then Miami to Cancun, and we were in Mexico by 6:30 that night. I love that it was a relatively short trip, only a few hours and we crossed over to central time so it felt even shorter.
On our ride from the airport we were talking about how crazy people were driving in Mexico. The speed limit signs were in kilometers, so I was trying to convert in my head what speed we should be going (“if a 10k is 6.2 miles, then 90km is…”). We gave up but decided that our shuttle driver was going REALLY fast. Before we knew it we were being pulled over by the police!
What an interesting start to our honeymoon. The driver just got out, walked back to the police car and paid him 500 pesos right there. No ticket or anything… a slightly different experience than in the U.S.
We stayed at the Valentin Imperial Maya in Riviera Maya. I can’t recommend this place enough. It is all inclusive and the staff is AMAZING.
When we got to the hotel we were so excited to explore! We were greeted with champagne at check in and then got taken away on a golf cart to our room (this resort was HUGE).
The room was all decorated for us in true honeymoon fashion…
Thomas went into the bathroom and said “We have a DUVET!!!!” I was confused as to why there would be bedding in a bathroom, and walked in started cracking up when I realized he was talking about the bidet. He’s so silly.
We walked over to the main plaza where we saw a mariachi band performance and enjoyed a yummy Mexican buffet for our first dinner. They said they do these buffet/performances twice a week, and they just so happened to be having one the night we arrived. We even got called on stage and had to dance with a bunch of other honeymooners.
We spent the next few days laying by the pool, going to the beach, drinking margaritas and enjoying each other’s company. It was so nice to just relax and not have to worry about work or wedding planning or anything.
We did get some good activities in. This resort was adults only so the games and activities were super competitive and a lot of people got involved. We played a lot of water polo and now I understand why people say pool running is such a good workout. I was exhausted after every match! On the very first day, Thomas got a little too into water polo and lost his wedding ring. We were walking around the pool searching for it and slowly people started asking what we were looking for. Word travels fast and before we knew it we had a full on search team and we found it on the bottom of the pool! I needed a few drinks after that…
The days were long and slow, just the way we like them, and we typically ate dinner pretty late. The food was AMAZING. Since it was an all inclusive resort, we overate at pretty much every meal. Which I’m totally fine with. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style and dinners were all formal and seated meals with several courses. This was my FAVORITE lunch combo…
We were in a building of “swim up suites” with our own personal lazy river. This was a much more quiet environment compared to the main pool with the swim up bars. The service here was awesome – as soon as you stepped out of your room a waiter would come over and ask to bring you drinks or anything you needed.
On Wednesday we did a fun excursion for my birthday (my birthday was Thursday, but the Steelers were playing on Thursday and I wanted to make sure we were back in time). We took a catamaran out into the ocean and went snorkeling. We saw a ton of sea turtles that swam right up to us and let us pet them! The snorkeling instructor was giving them hugs and it was the cutest thing ever.
They fed us lunch on the boat and then it turned into a full on booze cruise. They found out it was my birthday and made everyone on the boat take a tequila shot with me. The staff was awesome and watching drunk people dance on a boat that is swaying back and forth is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen!
Thursday was my birthday, and we spent the day hanging out at the pool/swim up bar, playing water polo, and meeting a lot of new people.
I chased some lizards around but Thomas wouldn’t let me keep one as a pet 🙁
Thomas loved taking me out to my birthday dinner because he didn’t have to pay for anything! And I could have ALLLLL the wine I wanted 🙂
The Steelers played later that night and we headed over to the sports bar to watch the game with some friends that we had made during the week. They were Patriots fans, and the Steelers unfortunately lost, but we still made it a great night! They have a DJ in the plaza until 1 am every night, so we spent the rest of the night dancing and trying to forget about the game.
The last few days were spent just like the others… pool, beach, food, more food, lots of siestas and fiestas. Overall, it was just a great 7 days with my amazing husband. I still just can’t believe how blessed I am to be married to this guy!
Now, in RUNNING news…
I got in TWO 3 mile runs on this trip without any pain. I’ve been very good about my rehab exercises for my IT band, and have been stretching/foam rolling/strength training my hips and legs almost every day.
It’s been 5 weeks and I am FINALLY able to start easing my way back into training, which is so exciting. Originally my goal for Richmond was to break 4 hours. I know that isn’t going to happen now, and I’m okay with that. I still think I can run the race if I am careful enough with the rest of my training to keep my IT band strong. The tough part is going to be finding the balance between overdoing it and not doing enough.
Married friends – did you honeymoon? Where to?
Ever been to Mexico??