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11 April 2011

Travel Running I

I had a great long run on Sunday in sunny Florida (although it was still dark when I started). I love running in new places, and with the beautiful weather and 35k on the agenda I was going to take advantage of the location. Just a few steps from the beach, my journey began in […]

I had a great long run on Sunday in sunny Florida (although it was still dark when I started). I love running in new places, and with the beautiful weather and 35k on the agenda I was going to take advantage of the location.

Just a few steps from the beach, my journey began in Hollywood and went up to Dania Beach, all the way up to Port Everglades. A portion of the run was done on the Broadwalk, some through the State Park, and the beginning and end on A1A.

Starting at 6:30am I left our hotel in darkness, quickly turning to the beach so I could see the ocean. At about 6k I took a few pics:

 


I pushed on through the path all the way up the coast, at times running on the thick sand of the beach (a real workout). It was relaxing to see the sun come up over the ocean, and for a good ten kilometers I didn’t see anyone other than a lone security guard way out by Port Everglades.

 

I returned by the same path, although once past the Broadwalk I turned back to do a second loop of the Broadwalk, then returned to the hotel. It was that last stretch that was tough – partly because of terrain, I think, but also a result of the distance and the climbing temperature. I hadn’t eaten nor hydrated particularly well either. Thankfully there were several water fountains along the way.

It was a decent run, all-in-all, and I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery. That was my longest run prior to May’s marathon, and I’m glad I got to do it in such a nice location.

Today’s tip: when on vacation be sure to scout out places to run before your arrival. You may find a local running group to join for the day, local trails and scenic routes. These factors often lead to a more pleasurable and exciting run while away than just slugging it out in your hotel’s fitness room on the treadmill.

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