A Paradise Eight Miler

Hello from paradise!!

(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! 🙂

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!

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 🙂

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!

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

Although this one might be a bit over the top 😉

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

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

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)!

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