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A Paradise Eight Miler

Hello from paradise!!

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(Totally sporting my new belt today! heh)

My dad and I had the best run ever this morning!! I am SO excited to have finally gotten in a solid long training run. We did 8 miles in 1:07! :)

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It was one of those perfect running days. The weather is GORGEOUS, the course was flat (and along the beautiful water), I wasn’t bundled up like a snowman and dodging ice, piles of snow, branches, cars, etc., and my legs felt great. I love when running just… clicks :) I seriously felt like I could have run way longer!

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Here are our stats!

  • Mile 1: 8:42
  • Mile 2: 8:24
  • Mile 3: 8:19
  • Mile 4: 8:40
  • Mile 5: 8:39
  • Mile 6: 8:44
  • Mile 7: 8:36
  • Mile 8: 7:47 (!!)

YAY! As you can see we started to seriously pick it up the last mile, ending in an all-out sprint :)

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I feel so much stronger than I did in the fall when I was training for the Army Ten Miler. I think all the strength training, hill running, and stretching has really paid off! In the Army Ten Miler, I maintained exactly a 9 min mile pace the whole time and finished in 1:30:01. As long as my knee holds up okay I’m on the right track to beat that time at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in a month! We’ll see… fingers crossed :)

After our run, my mom, dad and I headed to downtown Tampa for brunch. We sat right out on the water and it was so beautiful! 009

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There were all sorts of people out tooling around in their boats. I think I need a friend with a boat!

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Although this one might be a bit over the top ;)

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After brunch, we walked along the docks for awhile in the sunshine, deciding which boats we would like to buy when we’re millionaires ;)

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I’m thinking this one, heh. Or maybe a super fast one. I like fast boats. :)

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And now I’m sitting in my backyard on a blanket and blogging! Nothing makes me happier than being outside on a beautiful day :)

Have a great night! I hope it’s nice where you are, too! I hear D.C. has been gorgeous this weekend as well (bout damn time)!

Comments

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    Wow, that was one speedy run! I wish my dad would run with me. Tampa does look like paradise today – enjoy the winter sunshine!

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    Great run! way to rock the end

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    Wow you are speedy!!

    Nice job on the run! Today was perfect running weather!


    Nice job on yours too girl!! :) -Anne

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    I think it is so great that you can run with your Dad! My family has always been pretty unhealthy (except my mom) and I can’t wait to someday run with my kids. Theres something about running with another person that just bond you :)

    ~Christie


    I definitely agree :) It was great having company! -Anne

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    Wow those sights are beautiful! Right now I am wishing I lived there!

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    Wow those are some great stats on your time!! I ran 11 miles up here in DC area today. Beautiful weather and planning to stay like that for the next few days.


    Yay I hope it stays like that for when I’m back :) -Anne

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    Adventurer says:

    Sounds like a career day! Well done on the run, and loved the photos from the Tampa Bay harbor. Awesome!

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    your pictures are gorgeous! all that water! the weather has been AMAZING in DC this weekend! Nothing compared to Florida of course, but I think the giant freeze is finally gone!

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    I can’t wait to run in shorts & t-shirt!

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    Congraulations on the awesome run! You’re pretty fast :) I too had a nice run in the sunshine this weekend, but I don’t think I hit 7:47!

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    I am so jealous!! Glad you are having a good time though. Just wanted to volunteer that I’ll be your friend with a boat. It’s totally covered, don’t worry.


    Since when do you have a boat?!?!? And why have I not been invited to hang out on it yet?! Is it fast?? :) Hehe -A

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    Love the blue dress! So Cute

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    FANNEtastic run splits!!!!!!!!

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