Yeah, we run in paradise around here.

Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery.

birds

I haven’t much felt like running, as you probably already knew if you read my last post, but I still managed to somehow squeeze out around 24 miles last week although a lot of it was walking but the highlight of my week was Sunday.

On Sunday my sister and law and I went over to the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail and while MacGyver fished, we walked.  It looked like this:

Courtney Campbell TrailIt really makes you want to come run this trail doesn’t it? Because if it doesn’t then you’re not normal.  Come on down.  I’ll just wait for you, right here, under this palm tree.

We walked about four and a half miles of the trail although the entire length of the trail from Clearwater to the other side in Tampa is ten and a half miles long.  It’s one of the most scenic trails you will ever run on and I highly recommend it.  I’ve actually seen dolphins while running this trail and (what I believe was a devil ray) sailing out of the water.  It’s truly epic.

It is hot and muggy in Florida, I’ll give you that but seriously, we run in paradise around here.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?

I ran OVER Tampa Bay, and I took pictures.

Once again I ran the new bridge ya’ll and it was even better than the first time and I didn’t think that was even possible. It is now my absolute favorite running route, for real.

We had a cold front that blew through last night so when I woke up this morning it was only 63 degrees! Yeah, I know! Because it’s going to be breezy and cooler today, I could leave a little later so I headed out at around 7:35 and I got to the bridge at 7:50.

Courtney Campbell Trail Bridge

I mean really, does it get any better than that? Seriously, I live here. I am a lucky girl! # Blessed.

I ran the first mile while taking quite a few pics and I wanted them to be really good so I stopped quite a bit. Otherwise, they would have been blurry because I’m a bouncy runner.

Tampa Bay Running Bridge

This first part of mile one takes you over the bridge which is epic. I finished mile 1 in 11:40. I wasn’t worried about time, I just wanted to enjoy myself and take lots of pictures.

Courtney Campbell Causway Trail Bridge

Tampa Bay

I ran mile 2 in 9:29 while admiring the beautiful sunrise. It was breezy today and cool and I ran the first 4 miles in a jacket. Can you believe that? A Jacket. I’m still shocked.

Mile 3, I stopped to take some more pics. I really couldn’t help myself.

Trail Bridge

Tampa Bay running path

Tampa Bay running trail

I still managed to finish mile 3 in 10:10 but by this time, I really had to pee. Bad. Don’t you hate it when that happens, it’s so hard to get back in the rhythm because all you can do is look for a port o potty or bathroom or whatever.

There was no bathroom anywhere near so I kept going and I took some more pictures. (Aren’t you lucky?)

Running in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Running

I finally spotted a port o potty and jumped in, (sorry, no pictures) and I finished mile 4 in 11:58, now I needed to get home so I decided to only stop for the best pics and try to make better time.

Mile 5 was finished in 9:07, Mile 6 in 9:03 and I took these shots:

Hogans Beach Tampa Bay

The place on the left with tiki huts and the red and green is Hulk Hogan’s restaurant, (Hogan’s Beach). I’ve been there once and it was really good. I’d definitely recommend it. You can even go there by boat which is pretty cool.

Tampa Bay Causeway

This is another restaurant on the causeway. I’ve eaten there before too but apparently it wasn’t all that good because I cannot for the life of me remember the name of this place.

I finished mile 7 in 8:50. Mile 8 was the home stretch and I had to run back over the bridge. I decided to slow it down a little and cool down at the end so I ended mile 8 at 9:30. My total run time was 1:19:47 for 8 miles. The time could have been better but the scenery was unbeatable!

I took a little video at mile 1 but it’s kind of shaky (because I’m such a bouncy runner) and it was seriously windy but you can see for yourself. I hope it doesn’t give you a headache.

I wish I could have taken every single one of you on that run this morning, it truly was the highlight of my day and I would have loved for you to see it.

Where did you run today? How was the scenery?