Fort Myers is a great place to visit, the weather is mild (my dad thought it was "too cold" today when it was 60) and I get to see my folks. They've been kind claiming that I look slimmer, which is probably somewhat true. They've also been accommodating to find vegetarian friendly restaurants which in the past they weren't interested in my food preferences. Even more excitingly my dad and I have been able to get some exercise together.
My dad doesn't run, but he bikes. We had gone for a bike ride on Saturday and today I was looking to get in my long run for the week (5 miles) We loaded up my dads bike and headed to John Yarbrough Linear Park. It's a straight park along a canal and very flat.
|beautiful day and my awesome new running shirt (thumb holes!)|
The trail was busy but not packed and I only saw 2 other runners. The run north was very windy which made it tough to keep pace but I chugged along. There lots of very cool/different looking birds, it was a shame that my dad was far ahead on his bike because he's been studying the south west Florida birds in his retirement.
When I reached my 2.5 mark my dad was on his way back south. We stopped and chatted for a few minutes before he took off. I made a very sad attempt to try to keep up. But it didn't happen.
The only reason I did catch up, was because I found him on a bench. Conveniently he was sitting at the 4 mile mark. I shouted out that he had roughly 11 minutes left of waiting and began doing some fartleks.
I was sucking wind but was pushing myself with random burst until I finally reached the end. I was excited to find that I managed a 10:00 mile for that last mile. Hello former easy pace!
I couldn't tell you the last time I had a milkshake (unless you count fraps). It was worth every single calorie. Delicious.
Overall, I am very happy with my run. The wind for the first 2.5 miles was pretty tough, but I managed some negative splits on the way back. My overall pace was 11:00 which is currently my fastest pace post injury/LPM training. I feel very optimistic about my former pace returning soon!