Destination Run: Miami

There’s nothing like that one warm day after a string of wintery days…that abnormally toasty day in early, early Spring, when EVERYONE goes outside, everyone is in a good mood, and there are puppies everywhere.

Today is not that day. Tomorrow isn’t looking good either.

I’ve been feeling pretty sick over the past couple of days, so I’m sitting here dreaming about an ice-and-snow-less day. After traveling to Miami, a lot of late nights at work, starting Ironman training, and planning/hosting my fundraiser (on top of my ridiculously long daily commute) my body is officially saying “SLOW THE F DOWN”.

Not good when you’re trying to prepare for 140.6 miles.

But, I knew this would be a challenge and so far a challenge it has been.

Since I want to pretend that Spring is closer than it is, let’s imagine we’re all back in Miami, where I was a couple weeks ago.

Scenery was alright I guess...

Scenery was alright I guess…

Since this Saturday was sort of a long run fail, my Miami 8-miler two weeks ago was my last long-ish run. I’m nervous that I’ve only been running about twice a week – fine for now for Ironman, but not so great for “Operation PR at the NYC Half Marathon”. Which is also why this sickness is stressing me out…but as my wise coworker told me, there’s no use trying to train through sickness and derailing my training later. Rest right now will only do me good.

So, let’s go back in time and relive my lovely little jaunt through Miami. I love running in new cities – I think it’s the best way to explore. I bring you: My Miami Destination Run!

Not a bad place to be on a Friday night...

Not a bad place to be on a Friday night.

For some reason, I became really motivated on Friday night after I arrived. I knew I would be busy with work (you know, that whole Miami Marathon thing) so I opted to lace up my Launchs (did I tell you I finally bought a new pair? I was in dire need!) and headed out through downtown Miami for an easy 8 miles.

Our beautiful hotel, the InterContinental Miami, was situated right on Biscayne Bay. There wasn’t one straight path along the water, so when it stopped I would run toward the city to explore, and then catch the waterside path again as soon as I could.

Just your average map, nothing to see here!

Apparently I started out in the middle of the bay. Thought I would have remembered that…

I ran about 4 miles down to Key Biscyane and back. I saw a lot of fancy homes, gated communities, people on date nights, and puppies. Always puppies. +1 for Miami already.

UNRELATED: A coworker introduced me to “Boo the Dog” today. If this doesn’t make you giggle then I just don’t know about you.

Back to the run. It was so perfect. (Are you surprised?) The sun had set; the temperature was pretty ideal. There is nothing like running outside in shorts and a t-shirt after months of freezing cold runs. Nothing, I tell you! The breeze from the water was blissful and I could see the sparkling lights reflected in the bay; I was in heaven.

I got back to my hotel and still needed to tack on another quarter mile-ish, so I ended with a quick out and back to the American Airlines Arena, where the Miami Heat play. It wasn’t my fastest run (there was a lot of traffic so running along the street included getting stuck at stoplights) but for a Friday night after a day of traveling, I felt great.

Stoplights...I swear

Mile 6 is what happens when you forget to stop your watch at a stoplight.

Although my splits are allllll over the place, I  loved this run. Overall, Miami was a totally “runner friendly” city.

And just like that, my 8 miler was complete before the weekend officially began!

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9 Comments

    • February 7, 2013 / 8:20 pm

      I love it because you see so many parts of a new city that you probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise!

  1. February 5, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    I’m going to do a mental exercise and pretend I’m in Miami running this with you. It sounds MUCH nicer than running around here right now!

    • February 7, 2013 / 8:21 pm

      I love a good mental exercise :) P.S. I’m so over this Winter.

    • February 7, 2013 / 8:20 pm

      So jealous! Can we go visit?

  2. February 6, 2013 / 7:39 pm

    Doing any work out in a different place is the BEST!! It is nice getting out of the same mind frame as the “usual”!!

    You are going to have a lot of runs, rides, and swims in the next 6 months: embrace the good ones and forget about the bad ones!!

    • February 7, 2013 / 8:22 pm

      It IS! Shaking it up a bit keeps it interesting :)

      Also, you may have to remind me again to forget the bad ones, haha

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