Running in Central Florida

Good morning from the Sunshine State! After a very long travel day on Friday, SL and I finally made it to Florida. Saturday was a total washout so my long run had to wait until Sunday morning. I have been sort of dreading this run for a couple of reasons; 1) It was my first long training run without Mugsy and 2) Central Florida is HOT this time of year…hot and humid.

golf cart path

Thanks to the never ending New England winter, I have not had to deal with a hot run and luckily, Sunday morning’s weather was not as hot as it was scheduled to be. I woke up at 6:45 and threw on my shorts and tank top. This was a long-run first for me as I have had to bundle up on my long runs at home. The temperature was a perfect 64 degrees as I finally set out.

out and back

Mile 1 – 9:19

Mile 2 – 9:15

Mile 3 – 9:10

I opted for an out and back route for this run mostly because I was unfamiliar with the area and did not want to get lost. Normally I am a fan of loop courses because I feel like with out and back runs I get really bored as I turn back. This was exactly what happened to me on this run. I also think not having a running partner slowed me down a bit as well.

Mile 4 – 9:14

Mile 5 – 9:37

Mile 6 – 9:55

It was around this point I saw a bunny! I actually saw another one right after a took a picture of this guy.


By this point my out and back course got a little messed up as I took a turn to add more mileage and got a little lost. This completely defeats to the purpose of an out an back course in the first place. Ugh…slow down city.

Mile 7 – 10:42

Mile 8 – 10:22

This was by no means my fastest run but I felt proud of myself for finishing 8 miles by myself. I also forgot to pack myself fuel which may or my not have contributed to the major slow down. In the end though, I still felt great and strong and hungry.

breakfast of champs

Breakfast of champions anyone? Hooray for free hotel breakfasts! I had 4 mini belgian waffles (made with one of those cool flippy hotel waffle makers), 2 hardboiled egg whites (SL had the other two) and an orange. Note pictured  – half of a Naked Green Machine juice and a gallon of coffee.

My training schedule for this week is up in the air due to vacation and travel. The JCC Triathlon by the Sea is less than a week away and I feel prepared so I am not going to stress about following my training plan to a tee. I am going to enjoy the last few days of vacation and do my best come Sunday!


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