Well, I left frigid, snowy Upstate New York for FOUR gloriously sunny warm days in Florida.
I took lots of walks, saw sunrises on the ocean, explored the nearby sights, took boat rides, visited with my friends and ran a half marathon. I felt renewed (and even safe from COVID.)
Now this week, back to reality….
- Monday – #nevermissamonday. The temps dropped again and it was in the teens. Still had to get it done and ran during lunch (in the ‘hood to save time).
After work, I headed out to meet a friend for a walk.
Then I rushed home because my Mah Jongg group had a Book Club ZOOM. We all read The Vanishing Half. And I hadn’t seen them in forever. (They play online on Friday evenings. I am waiting until we can play in person again.)
- Tuesday – One day of sunshine. That was it. I woke up to snow. I wondered if it would stop in time for me to run during lunch. Nope, it continued snowing all morning. I thought about skipping the run. But Wednesday and Thursday would be too busy to fit in a run so I just threw on my trail shoes and off I slid, I mean ran. And running in the fresh snow was actually fun. Not even as slippery as I thought. As always, I was glad that I didn’t chicken out and stay inside.
However, the highlight of my day was that:
Later I met friends for a long walk before dinner.
- Wednesday – I was nervous that I would get a reaction to my shot but all I felt was a slightly sore arm (even less sore than shot #1). Relieved, for sure.
No time for running but I did get in a bike ride during lunch.
- Thursday – Early morning flight to Fort Lauderdale. I was shocked when I landed, the pilot said that it was 88 degrees. I rented a car and drove to my hotel in North Boca Raton. I quickly changed my clothes and headed off to meet two college friends for dinner in Deerfield Beach. We had great food and view of the ocean. It was so much fun catching up.
- Friday – I got up early to catch the sunrise. It was about a 10 minute drive and it was lovely but too cloudy to see the sun.
I decided to stay there to do my last run before my race (and to get acclimated to the Florida heat and humidity.) I was illegally parked so I split up my run.
I finished up on a trail outside my hotel.
Afterward, my friend Barbara picked me up and we spent several hours on the beach. Hot but heavenly.
I obviously packed a lot of activities into my day. Again I had to rush back to my hotel to change and meet my friend Fonda (sister of a tennis friend) at Morikami Gardens. I had never been there even though I come to this area most winters.
Our next stop was my favorite bird sanctuary, Wakodahatchee. And it did not disappoint except for no alligators this time.
We ended the day with dinner at a restaurant with outdoor dining – shrimp tacos and key lime pie (my 2 Fla favorites).
- Saturday – Another morning drive for an ocean sunrise. Again it was cloudy but still worth the drive.
This morning, I had plans to hang out with my friend, Michelle, whom I had taught French with many years ago. We met at another Bird Sanctuary (Green Cay) and chatted away the time.
After our meet-up, I checked out of my hotel and headed south toward Fort Lauderdale. I decided to stop on the way in Pompano Beach and visit Hillsboro Lighthouse (by boat). They only offer tours once a month and today was the day. I arrived at 11:30 and there was ONE seat left on the last tour boat – 3 pm. I took it but that meant I had to re-arrange my plans and check into my hotel after and go to the expo first to pick up my race stuff. It was held at a mall in a former Neiman Marcus store…well organized and lots of booths and samples. The only thing I bought was another pair of Goodrs (cuz I don’t have that many lol) but I did a lot of food and drink sampling (all done safely with bars and cans/bottle etc)
Then I headed back to Pompano for my boat tour. It was awesome and of course, I climbed the 195 steps to the top of the light house. (I think it’s my 4th Florida Light House).
I still had time left on my parking meter so I decided to have dinner there at an outdoor restaurant overlooking the ocean and the pier.
Finally, I arrived in Fort Lauderdale to check into my hotel. It was an early night, getting my #flatme ready and preparing to get up around 3 am.
- Sunday – Race Day. The race started at 5:45 am (ouch) but they recommended that you arrive at 4:30 am. When I got up, it was already 78 degrees with 95% humidity. This made me a little nervous to say the least. Not much I could do. Since I had gotten a discount on the race, I decided to purchase VIP (hotel) parking just to make things smoother. I got there probably too early but had lots of time to walk around (use the hotel restrooms) and chat with other runners. There was a staggered start and you wore a mask until you passed the start and then tossed it in the trash. Everything felt safe and was well organized. It was a pretty course with ocean views throughout (though I guess it was a lot nicer in previous years with more variety). It was VERY hard. My feet hurt. It was really hot and humid but I finished. No regrets. You were given another mask when you crossed the finish line. I sat for a while, met more runners and finally headed into the ocean to cool off.
After a hot shower and change of clothes, I met friends for an airboat ride on the Everglades. (Glad it was a boat ride not a hike cuz my feet were not happy with me). We were disappointed not to see any alligators (too hot and sunny, I guess) but we still had loads of fun.
On the way home, we stopped for dinner at a Greek restaurant (We ate outside and the food was delish.)
- Monday – Last day in Florida and I tried to make the most of it. My legs felt pretty good however I decided not to run but to instead explore a nearby nature preserve.
Afterward, I had reservations for a boat ride on the New River/Intercoastal. It was a 1 1/2 hour narrated tour…so interesting to hear and see where the millionaires live and boat.
I had lunch along the water and then headed back to eventually check out of my hotel and return my car. Unfortunately, my perfect vacation hit a snag. My second flight that evening got cancelled. That meant that I would be stuck in Charlotte NC for the night and would have to fly home the next morning. (This type of flight drama is something that I experience often.)
- Tuesday – I had luckily taken the day off from work to recover from my vacation. Instead I had to still fly home. It all worked out. It was cold, icy and dreary at home. I decided to stay in and do laundry. Starting my Quarantine. Not much of a problem since I work at home. It just meant that my walks and runs would be solo until it’s over.
- Wednesday – Back to work and back to squeezing a run in during lunch.
Sad to not be able to join anyone for a walk, I walked around my neighborhood before dinner.
- Thursday – Another solo run during lunch
And a lonely walk after work.
- Friday – Snow. Snow. Glad it was a scheduled rest day. I renewed my relationship with George during lunch. I’m weaning myself off Peleton and watched TV instead.
and got out for a snowy walk after work. Snow is much prettier if it doesn’t impact your runs lol
- Saturday – Being in Quarantine does have its advantages. I was able to join my Blogger friends for a ZOOM bike ride this morning instead of doing my usual Saturday long run with friends.
I took a drive in the afternoon in search of waterfalls. And I did find two.
- Sunday – A sunnier and less windy day so I postponed my run until today. Running alone is not much fun but I did get it done. (Funny thing was that the temp was 21 degrees and the date 2/21/21 but no, I didn’t even consider running 21 miles but 2.1 did enter my mind lol.)
Too nice a day to stay indoors so I decided to explore some new trails.
This Coming Week –
- Monday – run, walk
- Tuesday – rest day, bike, walk with friends
- Wednesday – run, walk with BFF
- Thursday – run, walk with friends
- Friday – rest day, bike, walk
- Saturday – LONG RUN
- Sunday – rest day, bike, walk/hike
I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.
Happy Running! How is your running going? Doing any virtual races? Any in-person races planned? Any warm weather vacations on your schedule? What is your preference, running in a snowstorm or running in humidity? Please share.