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#tbt Florida, Part I

As I watch the snow pile up outside my window, it seems like a perfect opportunity to blog about my recent trip to Florida. Ahh, sun… how I miss thee…

I have never been a Florida person. Never in my past did I wake up and say “Ooh! Let’s go to Florida!” No, there are far too many other places I want to visit in this world than the place where old people go to be eaten up by sinkholes.

Well, that all changed last year. Some great friends of mine purchased a vacation house in Naples a few years ago. They had invited me down in the past, but with school and work and tight finances, it just never worked out. Then he asked again last year, as we were being stared down by two nasty winter storms and my marriage had begun to fall apart. I desperately needed a change of scenery (and warmth!) My answer this time? “Yes, please!”

It was love at first sight. So naturally, I got invited back again this year and didn’t even have to breathe before saying yes. But, one of them had just been transferred to Miami for work – so I got to see two great (warm, sunny) places. AND my aunt and her husband just relocated to central Florida this past summer – three places! Two weeks! Adios, frozen tundra!

I traveled with my mom this year, stopping in Miami first. The weather was darn near perfect – low 70s, no humidity, perfect sun. Heaven.

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We visited Miami (South Beach) last year and I didn’t really care for it – it was just too frenetic and jam packed and honestly, kinda trashy – but I must admit, I LOVE Coral Gables. I could totally move there.

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Two of my favorite places in Miami are in Coral Gables as well – Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens and Matheson Park Beach.

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On Friday we drove across the Everglades from Miami to Naples, stopping half way through to check out some gators.

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Saturday morning I had my race, which I totally kicked ass in.

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And then we got to see some seriously cool cars at the Cars on 5th show along Naples’ main street, had some super yummy gelato at Adelheidi’s and walked along the (unseasonably chilly) beach. It was “cold” enough that we had to turn on the heat in the house in the evenings, but out in the sun it was darn near perfect.

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The couple we stayed with in Naples is the couple we got our Westies from over 11 years ago (how is it possible that that much time has passed???). They are true dog lovers, with 6 pups of their own, who stay with them in Naples all winter.

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And all of this was while it was near zero at home. 😂

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Part II will be coming later 🙂

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What happens when you miss your long run?

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Yep, pretty much.

Under the advisement of my PT I sat out today’s 11 miler and honestly, I couldn’t have picked a better day to sleep in in the bone chilling air conditioning. I woke up at 8:00am, checked weatherbug and saw that it was 79 degrees with a dew point of 79 (and sunny), rolled back over, and pulled the sheets up over my head and smiled.

He thinks it’s just a stress reaction, but there’s no need to make it worse. And while I sit here under the umbrella on my deck, enjoying the muggy, sunny remnants of summer, enjoying my third donut (don’t judge), I look forward to next weekend’s rejuvenated long run.

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Summer runnin’

So, how long does it take to adjust to the heat? Because it’s been weeks and I’m starting to wonder if it’ll ever happen for me.

I went out with the intention of doing 3-4 miles and ended up covering 3.6. My quads are in good shape – I powered up all the non-super-sunny hills without a problem, but I’ve definitely got to work on strengthening my hips and lower legs.

My shin splint decided to come out and play after my last run, so I was a bit conservative because of that, but the power just wasn’t there today.

It’s turned out to be a gorgeous day today. I’m enjoying my post-run snack (almonds, a slice of bread with University of Delaware honey, and a super cold glass of chocolate soymilk) out on our deck, admiring our little veggie garden.

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It’s not much, but it’s ours, and it’s doing surprisingly well. Although something keeps eating the newly formed buds off of our pepper plants and another something just started digging in our red beauty pepper pot…

Growing up I was always surrounded by green – my parents have always had wonderful gardens, even when we lived in a townhouse – and I really missed that green space when husband and I moved here. It’s a rental, so we can’t do too much with it, but the veggies add some green to an otherwise blah backyard and we get to enjoy the veggies we grew! I’m really looking forward to the day when we have our own property large enough for a respectable veggie garden. There are so many more things I want to try growing 🙂