Monday, April 23, 2012

Almost "Blown" Away

So the hubs and I spent the weekend celebrating our 3rd anniversary in the place where we got married - Pensacola Beach, FL - we had a great time.  We were able to get some beach time in, and I believe this may be the first time we've come back without sunburns!  Friday was a pretty laid back day - we did the beach, then I took a nap, we showered and met some friends for dinner at The Grand Marlin (phenomenal restaurant) then we went for drinks at a local hot spot that was PERFECT for people watching.  I took some pictures but I'll spare you - let's just say it was a 50+ crowd, many of whom needed to get a room.

Saturday morning we woke up to some very dreary weather.  We headed out to breakfast, grabbed some snacks for the hotel room, and went back to just relax.  We know the General Manager of the hotel very well so I went down and chatted with her and showed her pictures of our house and Guinness (if you're in the Pensacola Beach area I highly recommend the Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach - great hotel, great staff, and all the rooms face the ocean).

Remember me talking about my 409ers?  Well one of them (we'll call her K) lives in Fort Walton Beach and she and her parents were hosting a spring beer tasting Saturday night, so J and I drove over and spent some time with her friends and family.  We got to meet her adorable daughter as well as her husband.  We tasted lots of yummy beer and some that were not so yummy.  It was a great way to spend a rainy Saturday evening.

Sunday morning I ALMOST didn't get up for my run - my throat was hurting and I couldn't breathe out of one nostril, but J convinced me to stick with it so I went for it.  It was WINDY!!! (hence the title of the blog post) At first I got a little chilly and then as I ran I warmed up a bit.  I had mapped out my route before leaving home so I knew how far I was going, and the run was pretty good!  I went a little over 3 miles in until 40 minutes.  I'm still kind of stuck on W5D2 of C25K but I had much less walking today.  I may try it one more time tomorrow and see how I do.

On the beach after my run
 J met me in the lobby for breakfast, where we saw dolphins out in the ocean :) We took a quick walk on the beach before we headed back up to our room, packed, and headed home.  We also saw some manta rays, and the Blue Angels flew by our hotel.  We had a great time and will be back next year for our anniversary.

So my first 5K is in less than a week!!! 

The sign alerting motorists of the run

I'm a little nervous about it, and my goal is to finish in under 45 minutes, so hopefully I can still stick with that.  I downloaded an interval timer app onto my phone to help me with my run/walk method so we shall see!

Until next time,



  1. Sounds like a great weekend!

    I think you will absolutely finish the 5k in under 45 minutes! It seems like you average a 12 or so min/mile pace, and usually race day puts you at a faster pace due to adrenaline! You will do great!

  2. Running on the beach sounds great! We love to go to the gulf. Pensacola beach, Orange Beach or Destin! Good luck on your 5k and I think you'll have no problem with your goal. I have the same for my race on the 5th.

    1. I absolutely love Pensacola Beach - we vacationed there quite a bit before the wedding and thought it was the perfect place to get married :) Thanks for the well wishes!

  3. You are going to do an amazing job at the 5K. Look at all you've accompished already. I have no doubt you'll blow your goal out of the water!!!

    Glad you had a great anniversary trip.

    1. Thank you! Hoping my shins won't get in the way on Saturday


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