A Great Weekend for Running and Community Service!

Phew, what a great weekend!

On Saturday Adam and I got up early to go to Oleta River State Park to take part in Royal Caribbean’s Give Day (Adam works for Royal) — it’s a corporate community service project day. This year the project was to help out at Oleta River State park with:

  • Adding a new playground
  • Planting flowers to beatify the park
  • Re-painting buildings
  • Picking up trash

We helped with the new playground and planting flowers:


The park itself is really gorgeous and huge! It runs up along the river and offers great biking and running trails along with kayak rentals.


We didn’t explore the park too much, but from what I could tell they had dirt trails and road trails that looked awesome. I bet it’s the perfect place for weekend running! I’d love to check it out some time, but it’s about a 45 minute drive from where we live so I don’t know how realistic that is.

My Give Day shirt — every year I get a new one and every year I lose the one from the previous year. I have no idea how that happens! Maybe I’ll be able to hang on to this one.


After we got home I took a nap and then got in 8 miles on the treadmill while watching Chopped on the Food Network! The show was a great distraction, but I was super hungry towards the end : )

I guess I must have really wanted to get home and eat because I ended up achieving a 2 minute PR for 8 miles, hah!


Yesterday Adam and I walked down to the beach for lunch. It’s still super packed with spring breakers, which is not surprising.

I probably won’t go running down at the beach again until next month when most of them will be gone. Even at night when I normally run, my route has been a little crowded.


We didn’t start walking home until around 2:30pm and it was brutally hot. A 5K was going on at 3:30pm and I didn’t envy those runners at all! I had thought about signing up for the race, but the idea of heat stroke stopped me from hitting submit!

When we got home all I could think about was fresh, juicy fruit, so we headed to the grocery store and I got some ingredients for a fruit salad.



Melons are my absolute favorite. I think they’re really only good during the summer, but I thought I’d give ’em a try now … they were okay, but definitely not the in-season ripe that I like them to be.

Oh well, in just a couple of months I’ll be able to overdose on cantaloup as much as I want! Honestly, during the middle of the summer I might eat two cantaloups in one day several times a week… they are SOOO good!

Do you have any foods you go crazy for when they’re in season?

Favorite fruit that you could eat all day long?

What tv shows do you like watching when you have to run on the treadmill?



  1. cheryl
    March 17, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Great job volunteering! It looks like quite a project! I am jealous of your weather–Yes, I think even the heat!
    8 miles on a treadmill is no joke!
    That’s the bad thing about “food shows”, they make you REALLY hungry, and they usually make whatever I made for dinner look like child’s play.

    • March 17, 2014 / 11:16 pm

      Oh, you nailed it! The dinner I made paled in comparison to the amazing items I saw on Chopped! Mmmm, would be so awesome to be a judge on the show! 🙂

  2. March 17, 2014 / 10:36 am

    Great job volunteering, great event and the park looked beautiful. Wow 8 miles on the dreadmill, that is awesome. That Spring Break crowd is still heavy, that would drive me insane.

    Crazy for Food – Watermelon, definately better when its in season.
    Favorite Fruit – Apples, just have a thing for them.
    TV Shows – Dont run on the dreadmill but I’m sure I could do Walking Dead or the regular shows I watch and be good with it.


    • March 17, 2014 / 11:17 pm

      I’m super weird about apples. I LOVE Fuij’s but don’t really like any of the other kinds. And I hate apple peels too, so I always have to cut the peel off, which makes eating an apple kind of a lot of work! Hah!

  3. March 17, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Mmmmm fruit! It’s so crappy in PA in the winter! When summer rolls around, I’ll be devouring strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon!

    • March 17, 2014 / 11:18 pm

      I’m allergic to strawberries 🙁 So sad, so true. But I’ll be right there with you eating blueberries and watermelon! The watermelon I got yesterday was definitely not ready for consumption.

  4. March 18, 2014 / 10:21 pm

    I love doing community service, especially if it involves real labor. 8 miles…girl, I need to get back to my long runs! Get it!!

  5. March 23, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    Cantaloupe and watermelons are my summer favorites too. I wish I could walk to the beach from where I live but it’s actually about a 30 minute drive. You’re so lucky to have easy access!