On the run in Naples, Florida

I have always told Mal that I’m glad she’s from South Florida and not from somewhere with a frigid climate. That sentiment rings especially true when it’s cold in the Washington, DC area; and it has indeed been freezing here. So we were happy to be able to take advantage of our long MLK/Inauguration Day weekend and fly down to South Florida to run the Naples Half Marathon on Sunday January 20.

We ran this race in 2011 and enjoyed the flat course and scenery. We knew what we were in for and even though we weren’t anywhere near where we should have been, training-wise, but we felt good about giving it a shot. Plus, the fact that there was a good chance it was going to be a brisk 65 degrees at race start helped in the decision-making process…!

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I was wearing my awesome Christmas present from Mal – yes socks can be an awesome gift when they are RG3 “No Pressure No Diamonds” socks!

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We were ready to run!

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Making our way past mile 10 and on the way to the finish:

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No, it wasn’t our best time, but we didn’t fly down there to break any of our records. It felt so great running in warm weather, on a flat course lined with palm trees and scenic waterfront views. We had fun going to the beach after the race and soaking up the warm weather before flying back to DC on Monday.

Our flight landed in DC in the afternoon and we were welcomed home with temperatures in the mid-30s. Back to reality…

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Running this weekend

I always tend to be excited for weekends, especially three-day weekends. This weekend, however, is going to be special. We are heading to south Florida, where Mal is from, and running a half marathon in Naples, Florida!

We ran this race 2 years ago and it was a great experience: perfect running weather, flat, scenic course with some combination of beaches, water and palm trees the whole way. Here we are with our finisher’s medals:
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I’m bringing back the “Race Recap” series so be sure to check back here next week for the 2013 edition of the Naples Half Marathon Race Recap.

Also, Mal and I are making one of our favorite dinners tomorrow so I’ll be posting “What’s for Dinner: Healthy Turkey Enchiladas” tomorrow night.