Oh, summer in Florida. It comes in around March and lasts until November. This meme from ABC says it all . . . Oddly enough, this year our summer is not only lasting a long time but the heat of the day is hitting the 100s; typically we are past this point and it isn't quite so hot. I can say I felt it strongly this past Sunday during my 18 miler. Rewind. 16 … [Read more...] about Long Runs, Humidity, and Mind Pain: Or, Marathon Training!
At this time I'm beginning training for my next, fourth, marathon. I say beginning but I am already at a base of ten for my long runs; tomorrow will be a 12 miler. I have been running my long run during the week in the early AM, which enables me to enjoy the weekends with the family and only have to squeeze in four miles on Saturday Sunday; much more doable than … [Read more...] about Running Early, Running Long: How Early is TOO Early for You?
Happy Thursday! Soooo . . . I'm heading out for my first trail run of the season tomorrow. I'd planned to go last Friday BUT the rain was so bad I knew the trails would be a mess. So, I'm going tomorrow to a trail not far from home, and my plan is five miles. My hope: no bugs, not too much water, and a nice quiet time spent in the woods! I haven't been on a trail run … [Read more...] about Trail Runs, Puppy Collars, Change of Plans
For my mom's 70th birthday I gave her a gift she'd talked about for years: a return trip to Key West. When we were younger, we went often. She was in her forties and I in my twenties. We camped once; hotel-ed it a few times; and this time around rented a room in a guesthouse. Key West Express We headed out to Key West via the Fort Myers Key West Express Ferry. The … [Read more...] about Travel Tuesday: Key West, Florida
Several weeks ago the girls and I headed to downtown Tampa for the Art of the Brick show. This free event, brought to Tampa by Jeff Vinik, owner of the Lightning, runs in Tampa until September 4th on Wednesday - Sunday from 10AM to 6PM. Housed in a warehouse near Channelside, The Art of the Brick was a perfect way to spend a few hours surrounded by what I can only call … [Read more...] about Art of the Bricks: Fun for the Whole Family