Two runs in absolute paradise!

Happy Monday! I have a confession to make.

Pelican

We’re on a little vacation 😉

MacGyver’s parents are staying at our house in Venice so we came down Friday nite…..and we’re still here. We might come home tonite. Or not. Anyway, let me tell you about my favorite two trails and two runs this weekend, okay?

First, let’s talk about Saturday. That morning I got up early to do a long run but I had inadvertently screwed up the internet the night before so by the time I got frustrated trying to fix it, it was already 10:30am. I finally left to go running on the Legacy Trail around 11:00am and it was already getting hot! Not good conditions for a long run but I thought I’d attempt it….

Legacy TrailThe Legacy Trail is one of my favorite places to run in Florida and I’m always looking forward to running it when we come down here.

Legacy Trail

You Can’t beat these views!

the Legacy Trail

There’s water all around, wildlife, sun, lots of people and gorgeous views…

Despite all of that, the long run was a fail! I did manage 7 miles at a 10:45 pace but I did quite a bit of walking. That being said, 7 miles is still 7 miles. Take note of that and never sell yourself short. If your out moving instead of sitting on the sofa, it’s a great day. Am I right?

Moving on….

On Sunday I was determined to get up and run, and to go long regardless of what was going on. I managed to leave the house by 7:30am and decided to take the short portion of the Legacy Trail and head down the Venetian trail towards Caspersen Beach and then back.

41 bridge

Running over US41, this bridge is short but steep.

 

41 bridge

Does anyone know why they put these cage things over the bridges, I mean other than to keep people from falling off. Why do they need to cover the entire thing? I’m just wondering.

The Venetian Trail is a long trail beside the canal leading to the Gulf of Mexico. I took lots of pictures but to be honest, most of them look the same. So I’ll spare you by not posting them all.

The Train Depot

The Train Depot

Leaving the Legacy Trail and entering the Venetian Trail

Leaving the Legacy Trail and entering the Venetian Trail

The Venetian Trail

More water views!

Pictures on the Venetian Trail

This is one of two pics where I tried to get all artsy but it’s impossible to do that while running! For me anyway.

Venetian Parkway Trail

The second artsy attempt. I tried a wave effect because…water. Big fail.

I ran 13.1 miles. A practice half marathon if you will. I also took pictures the entire time.

The Venetian Parkway

And I didn’t stop once. I finished in 2:15:20, with an average 10:21 pace. Not bad for a little training run. The best part of the entire run was my surroundings. It’s just beautiful, and so relaxing here.

After I got back, my Mother-in-law and I took the dogs on a one mile walk and then I spent several hours working around the yard. We also took a little boat ride at sunset to check out a few houses that the parents are interested in. It’s been a lot of fun and MacGyver isn’t ready to leave yet, so I’m working from paradise today.

Venice, FloridaTry not to feel sorry for me.

Did you do a long run this weekend? Or a race? Tell me about it!

10 thoughts on “Two runs in absolute paradise!

  1. Beautiful pictures! The weather here has been awesome running weather so I’ve been taking the dogs out quite a bit. I took our puppy out for her first solo run the other day and she ran beautifully! Stayed right by me most of the way and didn’t make to I many stops. I see many more miles in our future. 🙂
    Awesome job on the 13.1!! Sounds like you’ve been getting in a lot of good exercise and sunshine!

  2. I’m pretty sure it’s so people can’t *jump* off the bridge but I could be wrong.

    Going to attempt a run Tues. See how my toes are and if the trip to the chiropractor yields good results (I think it did) and what else I need to work on/correct.

    I need to visit Legacy Trail one day.

  3. Good for you! Congrats on your training runs. Michigan just got a foot of snow last night and I am a wimp so I will be treadmilling it today. Enjoy the great weather down there!

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