The Honeymoon!!

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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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 🙁

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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 🙂

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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??

About Maddie @ Dixie Runs

I'm Maddie. I'm a long time runner who has finally decided to start training for my first marathon. I do a lot of running with my 3 year old redbone coonhound, Dixie. This blog is about our running adventures and a whole lot more.
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26 Responses to The Honeymoon!!

  1. Looks like an amazing trip! And I am so glad that you were able to get in some pain free runs:) We got married in November and didn’t go on our honeymoon until January (we went to Hawaii and wanted to be able to got for 2 full weeks). Coming back and getting back to real life was SO hard!

  2. What an amazing honeymoon! Congrats again!

  3. Taylor says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful honeymoon! Can I ask what this place is called? It sounds like it would be a great place to vacation.

  4. Suzy says:

    I love that part of Mexico! I’ve been there twice. I tried to catch and keep lizards too. I love all your photos and I’m so glad you had so much fun. I’m crossing all my fingers and toes so that you can keep running!

    • I remember your story and I wanted to go to the ruins so bad just so I could run and jump into the ocean like you did 🙂 Unfortunately we were being too lazy/spending too much time at the pool to actually leave the resort.

  5. Wow! That resort sounds incredible! So happy for you too! 🙂

  6. Ariana says:

    We went to the Poconos for our honeymoon. We’re not big into beaches and didn’t want to travel far, so we loved our little mountain getaway!

    Also, super weird, but I had a dream that I saw you running with Dixie! Haha! I think my biggest tip to you as you continue training is to slow down your easy runs. If your HM pace was 8:45, then a 9ish minute pace is way too fast for your easy runs. You’re basically doing all of your runs at race pace! Try running at a 10 minute pace, especially for your Saturday long runs, and that will help take some strain off your legs. I promise you won’t lose your speed.. A good example is one of my awesome runner friends who runs 3:28ish marathons and trains at a 9:30 pace for her long runs.

    • That’s so funny about your dream!! I’m really working on the slowing down thing. It’s hard to make my body run at 10 minute pace because it doesn’t feel natural to me, but I know it’s what I need to do! Thanks for the advice 🙂

      • Ariana says:

        It won’t feel natural at first, but after about 2-3 weeks, you’ll settle into the pace and gain your form in that pace and it will feel more comfortable. I am definitely more comfortable at a faster pace, but I don’t think I would’ve been able to pull off the higher mileage had I been doing fast runs. I still have one run a week that is around a 9 minute pace.

  7. Your honeymoon sounds so fun!! The resort looks amazing and it’s extra special that you got to celebrate your birthday there as well. All those margaritas sound delicious. For our honeymoon, Ryan and I stayed at Turkey Run and hiked for a week. We wanted something super relaxing and not a far trip from where we lived so we could go right after the wedding. We then took a honeymoon part two to Seattle in February (and that’s when we decided to move here!).

  8. I freaking love Mexico, and I love the shenanigans and obvious amazing time that you all had. And I’ve totally tried to do the conversion in my head before, and the same way, lol. It’s like doing race math.
    For our honeymoon, Alex and I spent 3 nights each in London, Paris and Rome. But we get mini moons when we go to visit my parents in Mexico during the winter 😀

  9. This looks magical, and I LOVE your suit for the first day! Also, from your last post, who altered your mother’s dress? I’m looing to do something similar, but I don’t know if I should go to a regular tailor or what…

    • Maddie says:

      I went to a local tailor that I’ve used forever! She did my prom dresses in high school and I’ve always used her. Definitely go to someone who has a local shop with a lot of experience. It was a tricky dress because it was so much lace, but she ended up making the straps out of the extra fabric from the bottom of the dress, so I loved that she didn’t add any new material and it was 100% my mom’s dress.

  10. This looks amazing!! I’m so glad you had the most fabulous time, and I hope your transition back to reality isn’t TOO depressing 😛

    I’m really glad you are running pain-free now! It sounded like a little break was just what your body needed. Time off from running is usually the biggest help for developing injuries. I totally get that fear that you’re not doing enough and won’t be prepared for the race, but please remember to take it easy and don’t rush back into anything. Taking care of yourself is more important than meeting a deadline. There will always be other races, so make sure your health always comes first.

  11. Love the photos looks like you had an amazing time! Our honeymoon was at Disney world we had a blast and it was right after the wedding. Why wait honeymoon right away! Good luck with you’re it band ice had those issues they ate no fun

  12. heather says:

    Wow what an amazing honeymoon. It makes me happy to see new love!!!!! I have been to Mexico and it was ok. I am right there with you running, coming back from an injury and wanting to be exactly where you were when you were injured. I just keep saying, you will get there. Thanks for sharing your trip

  13. Sounds like the perfect honeymoon + birthday combo! Everything looks so beautiful and relaxing!

    When I went to the DR last month all of the mile signs were in km and I realized that running has made me smarter because I could actually do most of the conversions in my mind! It made me feel so cool, haha

  14. Looks like you had the best time on your honeymoon, which should always be the case. I’m glad you and Thomas had a great time!!
    I’ve been to Mexico just once, while on a cruise. We went to Cozumel and enjoyed swimming with dolphins! I was in middle school at the time and HAD to get my hair cornrowed. It was the highlight of my trip!

  15. Allison says:

    What an amazing honeymoon, AND your birthday happened down there, too? How fun is that – happy birthday!!! We backpacked through Costa Rica for two weeks on our honeymoon – it was a blast! I’ve been to the Riviera Maya before with my family, and it was one of my favorite vacations. Great pick!

  16. You look like you are on cloud nine in all of your photos. Super cute outfits btw. ☺ Mexico is one of my favorite vacation spots. I love the food, culture, temperature, and margaritas! I’ve never done the all-inclusive thing before, but unlimited wine and margaritas sounds pretty great to me! My husband and I are already talking about taking Axel there for his first trip out of the country. It won’t be for a while though.

    We honeymooned in Bora Bora and it was simply amazing. I wish we could have honeymoons every five to ten years. We definitely splurged!!!

    Can’t wait to hear about the wedding.

  17. Shawna says:

    first time reader here — and your honeymoon looks like a blast! so glad you guys found the wedding ring — that’s a fun lil story to remember. 🙂 i haven’t been to Mexico at all but this makes me want to go for sure. congrats!

  18. Ahh how fun!! Congratulations on your marriage!!! Thank goodness Thomas found his ring, that could have been a disaster. My family vacations at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico all the time. We love it there!

  19. Sarah says:

    congrats on your wedding!! It looks like you guys had a beautiful honey moon. We went to Sonoma/Napa for our honeymoon and loved it but Mexico is on our list of places to visit for sure.

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