What comes to mind when you think of Puerto Rico? Perhaps crystal blue water, rice, beans, old forts, fish, beaches? I had zero expectations about what our trip would look like, but had seen a few pictures from Theo, Laura and Ashley’s trip there last month so I knew we’d enjoy ourselves, but I was nervous about food…hey race day priorities people!
Thanks to Yelp and Laura we found a variety of food options that allowed me to feel good and David to go to town! But of course all of that was really a sideshow to taking in the great vistas! A picture never quite does nature justice in my opinion, but I’ve tried to capture some of the great scenes.
From the El Morro Fort and from the plane…maybe I had my phone on after they said to turn it off…I’m such a rebel.One of the amazing views from hotel Caribe Hilton! The Hilton was the host hotel, so it was great to see all the runners hobbling around the pool and in to the ocean later in the day for recovery. Hot as it was everyone looked happy. We could have sat by the water for hours just listening to the waves crash on the rocks is so soothing!
The timing of our trip and my speaking engagement at the Expo didn’t allow us to do some of the day trips we thought looked interesting like hiking in the rainforest or kayaking in the bioluminescence, which was probably good for not over doing it, but we still ended up to walking a ton every day while exploring Old San Juan on Friday with Laura and Cornonado on Saturday.
One of the many towers in the fort built for protecting the island. I’m not usually a history buff, but this was really neat to see. The views from every side were phenomenal…I’m not sure in the US it would still be standing as this is prime real estate!Brick laid streets and brightly colored buildings caught me by surprise as they reminded me a lot of Italy. Meanwhile we always tend to get excited about kitties and this one was amusing as he was positioned in front of a cannon.
Now you’ve seen a few of the sites so here are some of the great places we enjoyed eating! All of the prices were extremely reasonable for getting such great fresh foods and the serving size made my tummy very happy.
- St. Germaine had amazing fresh dishes that were really creative!
- La Madre was on tap for Cinco De Mayo, but it was in no way your typical Mexican restaurant. It was Mexican with a twist…of some sort. I had a HUGE salad with avocado dressing and tilapia.
- Somewhere in there was also a salmon burger from Punk Burger and a Falafel salad from Pure and Natural.
Eating out is really not something we do a lot of, but it wasn’t really an option here. I am SO GLAD we were able to experience a variety of small local restaurants because for once the eating out left me feeling good rather than weighed down and groggy!! Mind you it takes some hunting to find these off the beaten path places that aren’t serving the standard fried meat with rice and beans, but oh the flavors were well worth it. I won’t apologize for enjoying meals full of veggies or being a picky eater if it means my stomach doesn’t hurt!
Next up the actual race report…I have so many emotions about the day, mostly pride, that I wanted to take time to do it right. Hope you enjoyed our little tour of Puerto Rico! Have you ever been?
I am grateful for the opportunity to experience another new place and to have the added good fortune of doing it with David and friends.