Sunday, July 17, 2011

Running on Vacation

I took a break from work and headed to Destin, Florida for a week. Being a beach bum is definitely the life for me! I've been to Destin once before and already knew what my daily routine would be, wake up, head to the beach, enjoy the sun and surf, head to dinner, and repeat. But this visit, I wanted to incorporate running into my routine. Taking a truly leisurely vacation, with no agenda or schedule, made waking up early to workout pretty enjoyable. The temperature hit nearly 90 degrees each day by 8am, so I got going about 7am most days. The first day, I ran on the beach. I ran in my shoes on the flattest part closest to the shoreline. It was pure torture! I knew running on the sand would be challenging, but I didn't consider the sun reflecting off the the water would make me that much hotter. Plus, wearing shoes was a mistake. I was paranoid about stepping on something sharp like a jagged seashell, but the beach ended up being pretty clear. By the end of the run my shoes and socks were soaked. Running on the beach was not an enjoyable experience for me. After that, I decided to stick to the road! Here's the nice asphalt trail near the house we were staying in.

It was very well populated with runners, walkers, and bikers getting their cardio in for the day. Here's the view of our lovely vacation home from the trail. The house was AMAZING! It had an elevator that we made sure to make use of it every chance we got.

I got in a total of 10 miles for the week. Not too shabby for being on vacation. I wasn't able to incorporate a long run as part of my half training (3 weeks to go). So I have to get back on the ball this week and try to get in a 10 mile run before the race. Chicago has really been affected by the heat, so it's been challenging to get in even shorter runs. The recent rain has cooled things down again. Hopefully this cool down will last through race day!

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