Sunday B and I decided to try a new running route. We didn’t want to go too far since we had done long workouts the last two days. While we had been running south previously, we headed north and did a nice 3.25 mile loop by the Venetian Bay. Before knowing the name, I already commented that the area, filled with homes on the water and little boats on docks, reminded me of Venice. It was funny to see a place that reminded me of Europe all the way in southern Florida! My legs felt like lead during this run, but I was glad we got it in because the rest of the day was spent lazy on the beach and watching football. Go Pats!
B’s parents have 2 beach cruisers at their place and I knew I’d have to get out on them at least once during the weekend. Saturday was the coolest day of the weekend so we slept in and rather than going to the beach we jumped on the bikes to explore more. B’s sister C and her husband R had ridden bikes to the Naples Pier when we were running and I asked B if we could do the same. The route was very similar to our run the day before and it felt cool to recognize where we were going. When we got to the Pier we parked our bikes and walked out to the end. It was pretty chilly on the water with the wind but it was filled with tourists, fisherman and people getting in a little fitness like us. In the end, we got in over 8 miles of cycling and our quads were tired!
B and I spent a long weekend in Naples, FL over MLK. We got in late Thursday night and slept in on Friday. With a half marathon next week, I was planning to do my long run the next day, but B suggested that we do it Friday because of all the eating and drinking we would probably be doing that night. It ended up being a smart plan. We went out for 9.5 miles and he showed me the area. B was kind enough to slow it down to my pace (he runs over 2 min/mile faster!) and we chatted the whole way. It was the perfect way to check out the town and beach. The weather was significantly warmer than home but a slight breeze kept us surprisingly cool and comfortable. We were so happy we got the run in and then relaxed on the beach the rest of the afternoon. Lovely start to our mini vacation!
This blog served as my day-to-day training record for the New York City Marathon with a little bit about how I have fun in the city. I finished my first marathon in 4:17:48 and had the time of my life. I also raised over $2000 for Camp Casey. Post marathon this blog will follow just some of my continued healthy endeavors and races and will provide me with a place to record great running articles, quotes or facts I read. Enjoy!