I really like to look at palm trees when I run

Hmmm so I re-read my post from yesterday and decided I sounded a little like a snob/a-hole in it. I apologize and promise that I am not like that at all! I have nothing against boxed hair dye!!! I just shouldn’t have been using it because I had no idea what I was doing! 

About a week ago I wrote that Fort Lauderdale is sometimes referred to as the Venice of America because it’s really easy to get around by boat, kayak, paddle board, etc.

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Well, last night as I was trying to distract my mind from the pain task at hand during speedwork I started thinking about this a bit more.

When I got home I looked up some stats and it turns out we have over 300 miles of waterways in Greater Fort Lauderdale!

We also have 23 miles of beach!

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This probably doesn’t surprise you since I do basically every run at the beach.

Let’s talk about last night’s run specifically… it was SO HOT because there was no breeze except for a tiny little bit along the water.

When I got home my body felt like a thermometer that was about to burst from reaching its max temperature!

It’s a good thing I really like the sight of palm trees or I would probably do the rest of my runs this summer on the treadmill.

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I think I’m getting better at taking pictures on the go! I’ve really been working on it so that my pictures aren’t all blurry action shots or sweaty selfies at the end of a run.

Actually, to be honest I just kind of just snap pictures mid stride these days and hope they come out good… but I do sort of have a weird formula I use for increasing my chances of getting a non-blurry pic. About 3% come out decent : )

I think I’m also getting better at speedwork. I used to kind of just go all-out (balls to the wall?) which meant I gassed out and didn’t really gain anything from it. These days I’m really working on doing speedwork in a much more controlled manner.

That’s helped me with my breathing a lot. I’m happy to say I no longer hold my breath during speedwork! That was ridiculous. I do not recommend it!

If you have a Garmin have you upgraded to the new Garmin Connect Modern yet?

– I don’t like it. I miss the simplicity of the old interface.

Have you ever been to Fort Lauderdale / Miami / south Florida? 

If you are a blogger do you ever have trouble coming up with a title for a post? 

– I had no idea what to call this one and it just sat there without a title for a long time.



  1. June 18, 2014 / 6:56 am

    New blog follower 🙂
    What marathon are you training for? What plan are you using? I had a baby 8 months ago and have gotten back into running and it’s so hard with the heat. I live in Mississippi and it’s pretty darn hot and humid here. Ugh. I admit that I do a lot of my runs on the treadmill just to stay cool!

    • June 18, 2014 / 8:11 am

      HI MIchelle! I am training for the Portland Marathon and I have a coach who writes up a plan for me on a weekly basis 🙂

      Congrats on your baby, how exciting! I definitely understand your pain about the heat and humidity. When there’s a breeze I actually don’t mind the heat at all, but on stuffy nights I burn up!

  2. June 18, 2014 / 9:54 am

    FYI I didn’t think yesterdays post came off snobby. I would do all my runs at the beach too, I would probably jump in the ocean mid run each day. I love the beach pics, the sunset one is awesome. Speed work is definitely something that you have to work at, plus you remind me I need to start doing that again. I haven’t upgraded my Garmin connect, but based on your thoughts I’m glad I havent. Never been to Miami :(. I never think about my post titles too much, just throw something out there and go with it. Content I sometimes struggle with just so the post flows well and doesn’t sound boring.

    • June 19, 2014 / 7:08 pm

      Trust me, on super hot days I have definitely thought about jumping in the ocean! But the idea of doing the second half of my run all soggy isn’t appealing.

      All of those inclines are acting as a great speedwork for you! When you run on flat land again you’re going to zoom on by everyone!

  3. June 18, 2014 / 10:26 am

    Yes, more pictures please. I have been to Tampa Bay for a Psychology conference a few years ago (during Gasparilla) and it was so beautiful. I think I could live in Florida, minus the fact that I would miss the mountains. I would love to do the Florida Ironman and go to Disney World.

    I still can’t believe you are going to be running the Portland Marathon. This is so very exciting. We will definitely have to meet up, if possible.

    • June 19, 2014 / 7:10 pm

      I would love to meetup at the marathon!! I didn’t realize you were running it!

      You should come do a runDisney race 🙂 After the Princess Half being kind of a letdown I thought I wouldn’t do another one, but now I’m thinking about doing the Wine & Dine 1/2 at some point and also the Expedition Everest Challenge (probably next year)!

  4. June 18, 2014 / 10:38 am

    I did not think you came off snobby in any way. Your hair looked good to me. It’s funny how self critical we always are. I want to run on the beach! I ran the stairs of the Capitol (Denver) today though and I get my trails so I think I have little to complain about.

    • June 19, 2014 / 7:11 pm

      So true, whenever I read my posts I think “why did I write that?!” I just should not go back and read them after they go live.

      I would love to have your trails! I think California must be a great place to live as a runner because you get the beach and nice trails!

  5. June 18, 2014 / 11:10 am

    This is funny because I only ever saw palm trees ONCE in my life. We were driving route 1 from San Fran to Monterey and there were palm trees in Santa Cruz. I took a ton of pictures, it was so cool! I have never been to Florida but I planned a fake vacation to Fort Lauderdale last summer. I think we might go to FL this summer if Paul’s surgery ends up being pushed back until Aug.

    • June 19, 2014 / 7:12 pm

      That is so crazy! One time!!!

      It would be so great if you could come to Florida, but I saw you wrote that Paul is also interested in Seattle which would be super cool. I had a blast in Seattle a couple years ago!

  6. June 18, 2014 / 11:55 am

    I would totally run on the beach every day if I had that option – I love looking at palm trees and the water and the sun….
    I knew exactly what you meant about the box dye job – I did the same (well, a friend did it for me) a couple of times and it never worked out well!

    • June 19, 2014 / 7:13 pm

      Yep, and once the dye is on there is no turning back! We tried to “fix” my hair one time after a dye and well… obviously that only made it worse! The risks you take when you are young… haha

  7. June 18, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    Sometimes I have trouble with post titles because I think “have I used this before?” lol

    You know I know SOFLA! haha…I’ll be in Boca/Delray in a couple weeks, actually! I’m hoping to get a new-to-me Garmin this week so that I can ACTUALLY monitor my pace on my speedwork for marathon training. This should be interesting.

    • June 19, 2014 / 7:14 pm

      I think you will really like having a Garmin! I try not to obsess over it too much during a run (except for speedwork days), but I love looking at ALL the stats after 🙂

  8. June 18, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    You’re hilarious. 🙂 I don’t really put too much thought to blog post titles. I read an article somewhere online that went on and on about how important it was and even offered tips on the best ways to title posts to get more views–eh, too much work lol!
    I’ve been to Disney World and that’s as much Florida as I’ve gotten. Your pictures do some convincing though–those views and beach look beautiful!

    • June 19, 2014 / 7:16 pm

      Ugh yes, SEO tips, so fun. I have to worry about all of that at my job, so I don’t worry about it for this blog since this is supposed to be for FUN.

      Come visit and let’s go to a Heat game together next season 😀 Just kidding!

  9. June 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    Have never been to Fort Lauderdale or Florida, or even North America yet! It looks awesome though! 23 miles of beach? Wow. 🙂
    I don’t usually get stuck on the titles – but sometimes the blog post content is irksome if I am drawing a blank, or if am pretty sure I ramble and bore readers so I am a bit hyper-aware of this (but then keep on doing it anyway!), oops…

    I agree with the others above – didn’t come off as snobby at all. More like ‘oh the crazy/silly stuf we used to do as teenagers hey’. 🙂

    • June 19, 2014 / 7:17 pm

      Come visit me! You can stay at my condo, we’ll run at the beach every day and I’ll make you relive every moment of your 50K twenty billion times while you tell me every single detail over and over 🙂

  10. June 20, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    Garmin Connect Modern? sounds fishy. never heard of it. now i’m scared.

    i hate blog titles. so much pressure. and you know…my lack of a single creative bone in my body.

  11. June 22, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    oh girl I feel so boring sometimes I often have trouble titling and sometimes writing a post lol I love all the beautiful views, it just looks so serene and wonderful…mostly because I can’t feel how darn hot it is. You know I use to hold my breath a lot when weight lifting, as soon as it gets hard. It’s a bad habit I am breaking, but I have to think to breathe deep sometimes. I guess it’s kind of a natural reaction…weird, huh?