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5.0 wonderful miles on my favorite running trail on Earth!


Florida Christmas is the best kind of Christmas – even better than a White Christmas! 


The Husband didn’t want to run, so he rode a bike alongside of me.  It was like I had my own support crew on the run! It was so nice to have someone else carrying my water bottle – except he would stick it out and then bike faster so I had to catch up for a drink!


My favorite running trail goes along the intracoastal waterway and through several mangrove swamps!  It’s so pretty, and I always feel so invigorated after a run at my in-laws’ house. 


Here are my statistics:


  • Distance: 5.0 miles
  • Duration: 48:06 minutes
  • Mile 1: 9:43
  • Mile 2: 9:44
  • Mile 3: 9:43
  • Mile 4: 9:41
  • Mile 5: 9:15


I booked it at the end, imaging the finish line at the Disney Marathon looming over my in-laws’ house! The big race is so close!


Before the run, I had whole wheat toast with cream cheese:


And afterwards, I had a big bowl of banana oatmeal.


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  brown sugar, salted pistachios, and strawberries


The salty + sweet combination of the pistachio and the brown sugar was DIVINE!  So delicious.


Time to drive back to Orlando… see you at the airport!



  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) December 24, 2009, 11:21 am

    I’ve always had white Christmases — or, at the very least, cold Christmases — it might be nice to head South one winter to see what it’s like! 🙂

    Have a safe flight!

  • katherine December 24, 2009, 11:33 am

    Sounds like a beautiful run! We always used to open gifts the night before Christmas and then we’d fly to Florida to spend the holiday with extended family. As much as I love waking up to snow, I LOVE spending several days in the sunny warm Florida weather!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama December 24, 2009, 11:39 am

    The trail looks beautiful! I would run a lot if I had that to look at everyday!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans December 24, 2009, 11:50 am

    What a beautiful run! I love those white sand beaches! Safe and happy travels!

  • Erin December 24, 2009, 11:52 am

    Have a safe flight — I can’t believe how warm and beautiful it looks. We still have 2 feet on the ground here, melting slowly.

  • Julie December 24, 2009, 11:59 am

    Such a gorgeous run.

    Eee! The airport!! Yay! Have fun!

  • Kelly December 24, 2009, 12:35 pm

    That is a gorgeous running trail!
    I live in Boston so I always have a white Christmas, I don’t see what the hype is- I’d MUCH rather be in Florida!

  • Susan December 24, 2009, 12:39 pm

    What a beautiful place to run. No wonder you love it so. Travel safe!

  • Jolene ( December 24, 2009, 12:55 pm

    Beautiful running location! See you at the airport 🙂 You must be so excited!!!!

  • Kristine December 24, 2009, 1:07 pm

    Yay for a great run!! Florida looks beautiful, but I can’t imagine a hot Christmas!

  • Kelly December 24, 2009, 1:31 pm

    Florida looks awesome! I hate to be cold so a hot Christmas would be IDEAL! 🙂

  • Bronwyn December 24, 2009, 1:37 pm

    That trail looks awesome.

    A warm Christmas might be nice… but I think you’d be hard pressed to take me away from our White Christmas. I love it, so gorgeous outside!

  • girlxoxo December 24, 2009, 1:39 pm

    That does look like a gorgeous place to run! Merry Christmas.

  • Karla December 24, 2009, 2:05 pm

    I’m not used to white christmases! I like it better without snow I think 🙂

  • Anne P December 24, 2009, 2:33 pm

    I’m soooo with you on the Florida Christmas!! 🙂

  • Katie December 24, 2009, 3:05 pm
  • Jenna December 24, 2009, 3:34 pm

    have a great christmas eve 🙂

  • Danielle December 24, 2009, 3:36 pm

    Ooooh, we have some pistachios at home that I’ll have to try on my oatmeal when we get back. Yum!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 24, 2009, 3:55 pm

    Your trail looks incredible! It’s icy and freezing here and looking at that makes me super jealous!

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  • Rachel December 24, 2009, 4:33 pm

    I can’t wait to get to Florida tomorrow night!

    Don’t worry about the Disney marathon. I think you’ve provey you can do anything if you just want it enough 🙂

  • Carolyn December 24, 2009, 8:14 pm

    Beautiful scenery!! You’ll have even better, soon!

  • Jenny December 25, 2009, 12:22 pm

    That running trail is beautiful!

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