I clearly announced my presence to the couple walking ahead of me.
I let them know I would be passing "on your left."
I know I was heard because the dude grabbed at his wife's arm (she apparently was less aware that others were sharing the track and that some people would be moving a little quicker than she).
Still, I learned that you can't take anything for granted when trying to get in a run on a cruise ship track.
I could see it all happening in slow motion. The walker wife instinctively pulls away from her walker husband's well-intentioned cue to move aside out of the jogging lane.
Instead, she suddenly moves in the other direction . . . and right into me.
Me: What the eff! (internal voice)
Them: Ohmigawd. I'm sorry. Are you all right?
As I tumbled to the ground, I wondered how I let this happen.
A moment earlier, everything was awesome. Gliding around the track, enjoying the breezes and sun of the Caribbean is a nice way to start your day on a cruise.
One minor scrape on my arm aside, I was fine. But it could have been worse. The couple was very apologetic, and I am sure they learned a few things, too. Mainly about sharing a public space with others and how to better communicate with each other. OK, maybe I'm just a little bitter. But I swear I saw the end of my happy trip flash before my eyes as I flailed my way to as soft a landing as possible.
I learned to adjust my expectations for how my runs will go on a cruise ship jogging track.
In fact, you have to tweak several things about your typical land-based workouts.
So drop down your weight and focus on perfect form and more reps. The motion of the ship actually can add a wrinkle to your workout by helping you focus on stabilizer muscles.
Stay on your feet, have a great workout, and always travel happy!