How were the flights? Oh, we road tripped it of course! Such is life being married to a pilot. The last thing they want to do is spend their vacation in an airport or hotel.
We stopped over in Sarasota for the night on the way down and back. M's grandmom "winters" there, and it helped break up the drive into manageable segments. Once we got to the keys we spent our first 2 nights in Islamorada, then camped for 5 nights at Bahia Honda State Park.
I ran a total of 36 miles, along with miles of extra walking, swimming, and boating.
I'm so used to running rolling hills now, I found it oddly difficult to do a completely flat run. It felt really monotonous and I struggled to maintain a consistent pace. Have you ever experienced that?
It was strange to find a flat run to be more difficult, but I guess it makes sense. At home, even when I'm not doing an interval run per se, I still am. I'm working harder on the ascent then getting a slight recovery coasting down the back. So I need to practice running flat courses now? Hmm, it never occurred to me....
Compounded with other factors that come with being away from home, my runs were a lot slower than I would have liked. The 8 minute mile is the new 9 minute mile...I get frustrated when my pace creeps up there on solo runs.
Running at Bahia Honda. Action shots courtesy of the hubby.
Friday: 6 miles @ 7:52 pace
Saturday: 7 miles @ 8:14 pace
Monday: 5 miles w/ stroller @ 8:50 pace
Wednesday: 10 miles @ 8:21 pace
Friday: 8 miles @ 7:58 pace