Run: Sarasota (25.25 mi)

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We escaped the cold once again for Thanksgiving break. This time its Florida. Actually, I usually call it Flo-Ri-Da now cause I am down with the hip hop scene, yo. Kim’s sister lives here so we are staying with them for a few days before heading to our next destination.

Back to running, I took Saturday off as it was a full travel day and I was wiped out by the end of it. Luckily, I snapped back with a full night sleep and was up and out of the house this morning before anyone woke up. Grabbed my trout vest, a full bottle, my iPhone, 2 stick of Blocks, and a $20 bill. Had a new pair of LunarElites to break in today on this last long run before NF50. Instantly, the humidity was kicking in. The grass is soaking wet here in the morning and even in November, you can feel the heat.

No real plan on where to run to so I looped this massive sub-division they are in and headed due west towards the water. Pretty much all sidewalk/road running along busy divided 4-6 lane roads. Got out to the airport and checked Google Maps. Wasn’t going to easily be able to get to the water from here and if I did, I would be out of range for a return run home given the distance I wanted. Could call for a ride but that’s not my favorite thing to do. So I made the turn and headed in a big rectangle back towards where I came from.

By then I had drained bottle a couple of times and tap water wasn’t doing it. So I popped into 7-Eleven and broke that $20 on Gatorade, a Snickers and some Band-Aids. My nipples were now getting ripped up from the soaking wet trout vest. I was pretty wet from the humidity sweats. Noticed this plaque on the front of the store. Now I can say have have been there. Famous landmark.

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I was starting to hope my family wasn’t mad at me for being out so long but I told them I needed to get this done today in order to enjoy the vacation. Then went out for breakfast and let me continue on the run. I passed by this place and was hoping that my wife wouldn’t ever need their services. Is this really something you want ASAP? Maybe a pizza would be better served ASAP?

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Started noticing all the utility poles had this curious sticker on them…

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Along the next road, I noticed a guy parking his truck then going down to a river area with a tackle box and an odd shaped pole. The closer I got the clearer the view. He had a tackle box and a riffle! This is Florida — so I guess anything goes. What’s he hunting anyway? Then I started to noticed that many of the lakes or ponds were surrounded by fence. That’s a curious sign…oh…guess you don’t want to swim in there!

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Came back by the house at 25 miles and really thought about spinning another mile to show that I can run a sub-4 hour marathon on any old day but decided that was just chasing lame numbers so I called it. My ankle wasn’t too bad. Figure it was from all the flat sidewalks versus the cambered roads I usually am on. Shoes held up just fine and didn’t rub or cut one bit. My hips were fatigued. These are my normal hot spots and they were back today. Glad to get them sore a bit so I knew I did something. Showered, iced, and Kim delivered me some Chipotle. All was good.

We then drove down to Siesta Key to hit the beach. It was packed. The holiday crowd was already here.

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The kids ran around on the beach for a few hours while the rest of us watched, drank, and hung out. Reagan was having a great time as always! The world championship of sand castle building was going on but you had to pay to get in so I opted not to.

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Finally, the sunset and everyone (not just us) gravitated towards the water’s edge to photograph each other and enjoy the view.

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I went 25.25 miles with an elevation gain of 113 feet in 03:40:11, which is an average pace of 08:43. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.