Running the US: Key West, Florida
This is the latest installment in Team Casual Runner’s stories of adventures and explorations while running and training on on their travels. You can also check out some of the Team’s other Casual Running adventures from the road, including Jennifer’s run through Central Park during her trip to New York City, Mike’s trip to Hilton Head Island, and – COMING SOON! – many other adventures and travels to fun running locals around the world.
After enduring a ridiculously long winter, I was lucky enough to schedule a business trip to Key West, FL. I swear there was a legitimate reason for the trip! It wasn’t just a boondoggle!
In any case, in March 2015 a colleague and I headed down south for a day of meetings. Since there are not a lot of flights in and out of the small local airport and we weren’t sure how long it would take to complete everything that we needed to do for work, we scheduled an overnight stay and planned to catch a flight home the following morning. This gave me an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunrise run along the beach—one of my favorite types of runs!
My hotel, the Double Tree Resort Grand Key, was located on the east side of the island close to a point where I expected to have a great view of the sunrise. I figured it would take about 10 minutes to walk there so I timed my departure from the hotel to get me there just a few minutes before sunrise. Since I wanted to do a long run that day anyway, I figured I could do some warm-up stretches while I watched the sun illuminate the sky.
But what I ended up doing was just watching the sky and appreciating life.
I do not usually get too introspective on my runs, but this happened to be my mom’s birthday, and ever since she passed away more than 20 years ago, certain days just get to me.
I think she would be pleasantly surprised by the experiences I’ve had since I last saw her. I don’t know if she ever would have expected me to start running or to travel to the places I have. Watching the sunrise I was reminded to treasure the moments we experience and the people in our lives while they are with us, because just like the colors and cloud formations that morning they won’t be around forever.
Anyway…the sunrise was everything I expected, and I was glad I got an early start to my run since the temperature heated up quickly as the sun rose in the sky.
After months and months of fighting through snow drifts and trying to carefully avoid icy spots, the freedom of wearing just a tank top and not having to carefully place every step was just what I needed.
And, since it snowed the day after I returned from this trip, the memory of running on the beach is what got me through the next 2 months of attempting to train at home.
The road for Casual Running can take us to many wonderful places, and you can check out some of the Team’s other Casual Running adventures from the road, including Jennifer’s run through Central Park during her trip to New York City, Mike’s trip to Hilton Head Island, and – COMING SOON! – many other adventures and travels to fun running locals around the world.
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