Holiday Fitness, Week 7: A Little Break

Last week was really all about making a weekend beach trip happen. I’ve been traveling all over lately, and while I love having seen so many places, I have missed having some down time where I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything.

When my friend Hilary Isaac of ToughGirl invited me to join her on a trip to Boracay, I gladly pounced on the opportunity. We flew using SkyJet vouchers she’d received as part of a hosting job, and I locked down a hotel located on Station One, the quiet part of White Beach. It was three days of sun, sand, and no agendas whatsoever.ย 

What I didn’t realize was how active we’d still be once we landed on the island. Walking was our preferred means of transport — we managed to walk 12 kilometers on our first day!

I also invited Hilary to try stand-up paddleboarding, which I’d learned to do last year. It’s a great way to be out on the water, get a great tan, and work out your arms, legs, and core. With both of us being fitness-minded people, I was glad to have a companion on the trip that appreciated moving as well as being still.

After watching a lovely sunset from a beachside bar, we grabbed a wrap and the island’s special chori burger en route to getting back to the hotel and melting into our beds.

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vitamin sea

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the endurance athlete and the bikini athlete enjoying an SUP session

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I have missed this sunset!

I couldn’t resist getting up the next morning to run along the beach, even though it was drizzling. Besides, if I were going to lie in the sun all day I should at least get a workout in. I managed an easy five kilometers before breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hilary, as a physique bodybuilder, had her own workout on the beach featuring a random T-rex that popped into frame. If you’re interested in building strength and shaping your body, you should go check out her blog at

It was wonderful to catch up with a dear friend and get a little break in before I start on my Ho Chi Mi half-marathon preparations. Nothing like walking around alongside a bikini athlete to kick your butt into gear and get you working a little more intensely toward your own fitness goals. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Vacation’s over!

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Time to get to work.

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About Noelle De Guzman

Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer and recreational athlete with over 12 years of experience in wellness and endurance sport. She believes sport and an active healthy lifestyle changes lives.

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