Posts Tagged ‘FL’
I read this quote the other day and really inspired me and I hope it inspires you all too!
“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter is today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”
Well if that doesn’t sum up my running experience I don’t know what does!
The other day, when I got back from my second trip to Miami, FL, I decided to utilize my Friday afternoon off to run. So I got in my cute little Murano and I headed down the Valley so I could enjoy the fresh air and a nice trail to run on. As some of you may know I am not a HUGE fan of trails that you have to run so far one way and then just run back- I don’t like the backtrack. But on this particular day I was just feeling like the same old boring neighborhood run wouldn’t cut it so I decided to trail it.
I dropped my keys off to Tim at his office and parked my car then. With my tennis shoes laced up- I just took off. 7 miles later I was done.
Yes you read that right. I ran for 7 miles which was my October goal- and it only took me a little over an hour. I’m not sure if it was the nice cool fresh air or if it was just the fact that mentally I needed that run but I know my breathing stayed steady and my head stayed out of the game the entire time. Yes, unlike soccer where I had to have my head in the game the entire time or a ball would smack me in the face, running I have made the choice to take my head out of it . If I stand there and run run run and think think think about all of the running I am doing I literally drive myself crazy. That is when my breathing gets messed up and I think about how tired my legs are going to be or hell how tired they already are in some cases. It’s unlike any other “sport” I’ve done in the past but I find the less mental effort I put into it, the better off I am.
Instead I reflected back on work and life. I have been busting my butt at work and have had a ton of stuff to do. I have been given the opportunity to work closely with a lot of new people and it has truly been a wonderful experience. So I thought about how I felt proud of myself… I felt accomplished. I remember the first time I felt this way at Rubbermaid- my name was next to the #1 slot on our sales tracker. This time, my name wasn’t on a piece of paper that said I was number one but instead it was just inside my head that I knew I was doing what was asked of me and I felt like I was doing a fine job. Interesting how our concept of success evolves around time isn’t it?
So the October goal is DONE! I am a little nervous about November and December because the rain has already been slowing me down and the snow is on it’s way. Any suggestions on things to do in the winter to stay in shape and to keep enjoying running? I don’t belong to a gym or anything so creative solutions are what I am looking for! Let me know!
So I used to be a little embarrassed when people asked where I went to college and when I answered Miami they said LIKE FLORIDA? And I had to say umm no actually Miami of Ohio.
Yea I’m not embarrassed anymore. Miami, FL is gross haha. Sorry for those of you that live there but I was NOT impressed. So I went to Miami for work and was there at the beginning of last week. I just thought it was generally a little dirty and not impressive. I guess I have been spoiled since my trips to Florida have consisted of Disney World (where I got engaged so I loved it there) and West Palm, which is by no means dirty or unimpressive. So yea sorry Miami but I was NOT your biggest fan. Not to mention the song “I’m in Miami Bitch” never even came on the radio while I was in the rental… what kind of city is this?!
So I did manage to get a decent workout in while I was in Florida. I did 30 minutes of cardio but I find running on the treadmill just BORING so I did a 15 min run at 10 min mile pace and then did an interval for 15 minutes of sprinting for 2 minutes and taking a break for 1 min. I finished off the cardio workout with some burpees, push-ups, and dips. Every time I work out when I am traveling for work I just think about those people that travel all of the time and I can’t understand how they function! While the Sheraton airport hotel was pretty cozy and the workout room was more impressive than I imaged it being it was hot and gross in there. Miami heat for sure. But regardless it felt good to get a workout in before the workday started!
So part of our trip was to really start to integrate with a recent acquisition, which meant Cuban food…. I realized I am not a fan! The first night we went to this place that served us these decent deep fried ball thing that had potato and bacon inside. We also had these things that I thought were dried up banana peels but turned out they were dried up bananas haha imagine that? Little flavor but served with all sorts of sauces. For dinner I decided on pork chunks… yes the English version of the menu called it out… CHUNKS but I thought they what the heck I’d do it anyway. They were OK- I thought they were a little dry but it served its purpose of some protein and something to fill my belly! I also topped it off with Sangria, which was a little too sweet for me. After dinner we headed back to the hotel and like a good student I did HW until bedtime!
The next day I got more of a taste of the Cuban heritage. I somehow missed breakfast because of that workout but for lunch I got a turkey sandwich and skipped out on the bread. Yep you read that right I opted for a turkey sandwich at the Cuban restaurant at lunch. I’ll tell you what- I realized I don’t like to branch out much when it comes to food!
However what I did try and LOVE was this delicious mix of espresso and milk (and a good amount of sugar I would imagine by the way it taste) that was “made by love” as the barista mentioned. So that was the highlight of my Cuban adventure!
For lunch we all decided (well most of us but mainly me) on normal food and went out for a tasty seafood dinner. I had this amazing tuna appetizer that hot the hottest jalapeno peppers on it I have ever tasted. Mahi Mahi was on the menu for the main course and a DELICIOUS key lime pie was for dessert! All of that combined with a glass of wine made for a very good night! We drove a million miles to get there but the restaurant (which I, of course, forget the name of) was right on the water and had a beautiful setting. So that was the highlight of my trip in terms of the food but from a work perspective it was a great trip
From a falling in love with the city aspect- yea not so much! I think I am more of a Charlotte, NC kind of girl!