Epic Trail Run

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Meghann and I had such a good time on our trail run today!  The weather was gorgeous.  I love knowing I’m deep in the woods, with no civilization around for miles. 


From the park’s website:  “The largest of Orange County’s parks, Moss Park is an oasis of nature well secluded from the encroaching development of houses and strip malls in the area.  Natural Florida is at its best in the park, with plenty of heron, rabbits, and other family-friendly critters in plain view.”


It’s been a while since I ran with Meghann, and it was really fun to catch up!


Before we left for Moss Park, I had a BIG bowl of my normal Pumpkin Oatmeal (but with 2/3 cup oatmeal):


So, Moss Park actually is the location of my Olympic Triathlon (in 3 weeks!).  Before we started running, we walked over to the beach to check it out.  Staring at the dark, cold water kind of freaked me out.


Not really – I’m excited.


Can’t wait to bounce out of that lake like a BALLER and sprint down the beach towards the transition for bikes!


Meghann and I then proceeded to bang out 10.0 miles.  Our trail run took us through fields of sawgrass palms, through pine forests, and by several lakes.  We ran on rocks, mud, grass, and SAND.  SO MUCH SAND.


The trails in Moss Park are NOT very organized.  They aren’t marked clearly at all, and it’s really easy to get turned around in the preserve.  There’s a very loose map, but there are TONS of side trails that aren’t on the map.


We came in from that trailhead on the top right and looped all the way around the outside of the trail. 


We got lost around Mile 7.0 in the South Loop.   This was Meghann’s first time in the preserve, and I felt kind of responsible for getting us off track since I’ve been so many times! Ahhh! 


This was NOT a segment of the trail that goes anywhere:


Luckily, my Garmin 305 has a navigation feature, and I was able to use the compass to get us out!


We didn’t see any wild animals, but we did see lots of PAW and HOOF PRINTS!

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Here are our statistics:


  • Duration: 1:45:20
  • Distance: 10.0 miles
  • Mile 1: 10:10
  • Mile 2: 10:11
  • Mile 3: 10:17
  • Mile 4: 11:12
  • Mile 5: 10:10
  • Mile 6: 11:16
  • Mile 7: 10:19
  • Mile 8: 11:53
  • Mile 9: 10:06
  • Mile 10: 10:10


Afterwards, we drove back to the beach and had a picnic:



I brought a PB and raspberry jelly sandwich and 1/2 a cantaloupe:


Meghann gave me some of her Sin Dog cinnamon roll for dessert:


We had a two little visitors with us!  These are sandhill cranes.



Don’t worry, we didn’t feed them!  🙂


When I got back home, I had Greek yogurt and an orange.  I also had a handful of almonds.  My body was craving protein after that run.  I usually want carbs after a long run – strange!


Now – I’m going to RELAX.  I hope you’re having a fabulous Saturday, too.



  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 20, 2010, 3:38 pm

    I always seem to get lost on trail runs! Sometimes they’re so confusing, and the maps don’t look anything like the trails! A picnic on the beach sounds like the perfecting ending to an awesome run 🙂

  • Kelly February 20, 2010, 3:39 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun! Don’t worry about getting lost, at least you had your Garmin!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, Teenager with a healthy twist on life :) February 20, 2010, 3:40 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant trail run!!! 😀 The weather in NZ was perfect this morning for exercise too. I only wish I could’ve gone on a huge trail run like that.

    I reckon you’ll kick butt at that triathlon 😉

    Love the picnic idea too, have a great day!! 😀

  • The Hot and Fit February 20, 2010, 3:42 pm

    Wow I never did a trail run I would imagine my legs would be so filthy afterwards! Kudoos to you! I am sure you will rock the tri!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 20, 2010, 3:44 pm

    Congrats on the great run!! Sounds like some perfect weather for a run, that’s for sure!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 20, 2010, 3:46 pm

    wow, your day looks so fun and successful. Every year I go on a backpacking trip and it feel so great at the end of the day to chill after long miles on the trails.
    Good work!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 20, 2010, 3:47 pm

    that park looks so gorgeous. I’ve said this a million times before, but I’m JEALOUS of your florida weather! i’m itching to get outside and do something.

  • Lee February 20, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I’ve never been trail running. I’d probably get lost. That picnic looks really fun. I need some running friends!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 20, 2010, 3:47 pm

    p.s. Whats that sin dog cinnamon roll all about. I want it!

  • Chelsie February 20, 2010, 3:48 pm

    That looks like so much fun. I am so jealous of your warm weather and sunny skies. Trail running is something I definitely want to try when it warms up around here.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 20, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Glad you had a nice run…even if you did get lost! I think weekend workouts are supposed to be FUN!!!!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward February 20, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Sounds like you had an awesome run! You always seem to run into cranes. 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat February 20, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I get lost all the time on runs unless it’s the exact same path I always do. Looks beautiful in FL right now 🙂

  • Megan February 20, 2010, 4:02 pm

    For some reason when I see pictures of your trail runs in FL I get a little freaked out. Do you ever get scared that you might run into gators? The trails you run seem so out there, away from everything! At least you got a running buddy!

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun) February 20, 2010, 4:03 pm

    That looks like SO MUCH FUN! I have never been on a trail run…it looks like fun though! The picnic looked like so much fun too! 🙂

  • healthy ashley February 20, 2010, 4:09 pm

    How much fun!! And that water scares me!!

  • Jo February 20, 2010, 4:12 pm

    That trail looks lovely! We have some really beautiful countryside near where I live, I really must get out and explore it all a bit more with some trail runs of my own

  • Jocelyn February 20, 2010, 4:18 pm

    Hi Caitlin! Wow…you are so lucky to have trails/parks like that near you to be able to do such wicked trail runs :D:D Florida must be awesome for that! Every time I need some serious inspiration to get my butt off the couch and work out I turn to your blog lol.
    Thanks again for the comment about those nasty annon comments! I just need to learn to laugh it off 🙂
    Have a nice day!

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run February 20, 2010, 4:19 pm

    After that 10 mile trail run I think you are ready for the Gasparilla Half Marathon next Sunday 🙂

    Trail run looks fun, I have never done one.

  • Becky February 20, 2010, 4:20 pm

    Looks so fun! Perfect ending – a picnic lunch!

  • Matt February 20, 2010, 4:22 pm

    I love trail running! It is a nice change of pace from road running sometimes because it is more scenic and you are focusing on trying not to trip and fall on your ass.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 20, 2010, 4:25 pm

    That looks so cool! It looks like something from Troop Beverly Hills 😀

    How fun that you ended up at the beach, too!

  • Leena February 20, 2010, 4:28 pm

    Sounds like a great run! trail runs sound like so much fun! and a picnic lunch is a perfect way to end! hope your weekend continues to be great 🙂

  • eliza February 20, 2010, 4:35 pm

    Hiiii, looks nice there!

    So, I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I am moving to Asheville NC from Maine… yes I know I am soo excited!..and I will be moving in with my BF. I will be surrounded by new everything and was wondering if you had any advice for me! Thanks!

    P.s I read your blog religiously!!

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 20, 2010, 4:37 pm

    Oooh running on sand…tough! I don’t think I could do that at all :s Well done on the 10miles though! It must be nice to have company to run with – I always run alone cos I don’t know anyone else who runs :s
    Reading about all the animals and the trails etc, it makes me want to move to Florida!! Love the picnic on the beach after too, that looks so fun 🙂
    Have a good afternoon!

  • Lex (Sweettoothlex) February 20, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Oh my what a fun afternoon!

    but oh my gosh – those cranes are insane!! I live in Canada and have never seen anything like that!!

  • Jennifer February 20, 2010, 4:41 pm

    Your trail run looks so awesome! We have a few trails around here that my husband and I typically bike, but this gave me the idea to run them as well! Oh and thanks for your advice on the knees. I ran my first 8k race today and actually didn’t have much a problem at all! I just think I need to focus on resting after the day I do a really long run.

  • Kelly February 20, 2010, 4:47 pm

    That trail run looks like fun. Ok I’m totally not trying to freak you out before your tri or anything but anytime I read about open water swims down there in FL whether on yours or Meghanns blog, I wonder about gators. How do they keep them out? I would be peeing my pants.

  • kalli2fitandfortysomething February 20, 2010, 4:58 pm

    What a great day to catch up with Meghann, run 10 trail miles, and have a picnic! I love trail running much more than street running.

  • Whitney @ Whitney's Blogtastic Blog! February 20, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Can I please move to Florida! I counted that you had on three items of clothing. Here’s what I wore for my 10 miles this morning: Wicking long sleeved Tee, regular long sleeved Tee, Wool long sleeved shirt, ear-warming headband, gloves, insulating tights. I literally had double the amount of clothes that you had. I’m so jealous of you right now! 🙂

  • John February 20, 2010, 5:10 pm

    Nice run.I need to use our 2 trails this year because you’re right it’s a LOT better than running on concrete and pavement. And the nature’s ok, too 🙂

  • Anne P February 20, 2010, 5:33 pm

    That looks awesome! I’m soooo jealous of you two running without snow and ice!! Two more weeks til I get that, too 🙂

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin February 20, 2010, 5:33 pm

    Didn’t know that the Garmin had the navigation feature! I better learn how to use mine, just in case!

  • Kath February 20, 2010, 5:41 pm

    Love the picnic lunch!! So wish I could have lunch on the beach 🙁 And the fun visitors!!

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 20, 2010, 5:59 pm

    This has been such a beautiful Florida day if I do say so myself. 🙂 You have peaked my interest to do a trail run. I know just where to go, too… there are so many nice trails to run in Florida.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 20, 2010, 6:00 pm

    Not going to lie, trail run intimidate me a little.. looks like you guys had a fabulous time though! I would have def been scared of those cranes getting so close to the picnic- not a fan of birdies!

  • Melissa (Getting Fit If It Kills Me) February 20, 2010, 6:35 pm

    Love those cranes. 🙂 And what would we do without gps nowadays? You’d probably still be wandering around out there. Lol!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 20, 2010, 6:45 pm

    Your run looks like a bunch of fun. I wish we trails like that around here.

    And your picnic was a ton of fun especially with your guests 🙂

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 20, 2010, 7:06 pm

    I commented on those birds on Meghann’s site – honestly, they would creep me out!

    It looks like you guys had a lot of fun on your run!


  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 20, 2010, 7:13 pm

    Awesome run!! I haven’t gone trail running in ages, and I’ve actually only ever gone once. That was well before I fell in love with running and I’m dying to have another go at the trails. 😀 I’m the same way…I love being miles away from civilization (which is why I adore hiking in the mountains so much!)

  • Island Girl Eats February 20, 2010, 7:15 pm

    Good job on the trail run! It looked very scenic and beautiful. I am sure that you will sleep well tonight after your adventure.

  • Julie @SavvyEats February 20, 2010, 7:23 pm

    That is so cool that the cranes just came right up to you. So excited to come to Florida in 2 weeks, where it is warm enough to run outside!

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats February 20, 2010, 7:32 pm

    mmm sin dog cinnamon roll looks AMAZING!!! Great run chica 🙂 the outdoors are definitely better than a gym. i know you’ll kick major booty in your triathlon!

  • Carolyn February 20, 2010, 7:52 pm

    I would love to do some trail running, but the only trail I know of is mostly shaded and it would be too chilly right now. There’s another “trail” that’s paved b/c it’s actually an old highway that they converted. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow for my 3.5 mile run.

  • Jamie February 20, 2010, 7:53 pm

    Running in the sand is SO tough! I’m sure your calves will be talking to you tomorrow

  • jodie February 20, 2010, 8:24 pm

    You are going to do great with the triathlon.
    Ok, I am so jealous of the Florida weather, the beach in February, you can’t beat that.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 20, 2010, 8:24 pm

    Sounds like a perfect Saturday! I can’t wait for summer so I can go on a picnic!!

  • Mary @ Fit this girl February 20, 2010, 8:28 pm

    The crane pictures are so great!! I love that you caught those! Also, what is the sin dog roll? It looks good!! And healthy for you? I see seeds?

    • Caitlin February 20, 2010, 9:08 pm

      its some sort of cinnamon roll (pre made). its organic but i doubt its healthy!

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story February 20, 2010, 9:32 pm

    Looks like it was a great day!!

  • Susan February 21, 2010, 2:03 am

    That run sounds amazing. It makes me want to go outside right now! Oh yeah, it’s dark and 1am. Going to have to wait until tomorrow.

    Your blog is awesome. I love it 🙂

    • Caitlin February 21, 2010, 8:24 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Angela (oh she glows) February 21, 2010, 8:05 am

    hahahah i would have lost my shit if that bird came near me

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 21, 2010, 8:16 am

    How do you tell what your body is craving? (protein, carbs, etc)? I’m trying to get in tune with my body and I’m having a hard time. Any tips would help. Thanks 🙂

    • Caitlin February 21, 2010, 8:25 am

      i think its because i never pre plan my meals, so i end up staring into the fridge thinking “hmmm what sounds good?” and i just listen to that answer (and then add vegetables, LOL)

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) February 21, 2010, 8:54 am

    I cannot wait till spring and I can go trail running…. right now the woods have enough snow to make it hard for running and not enough for snow shoeing.

    Looks like an awesome run!! Love that you had a post run picnic. 🙂

  • Cassie February 21, 2010, 4:00 pm

    WOW, Those cranes are INTENSE. I’ve only seen cranes like that at the zoo…! Never so close to me in person! You are in Florida, right? Our totally opposite locations might be contributing to that. 😛 Glad you guys sorted yourselves out on your run!

  • Samantha February 21, 2010, 9:18 pm

    What a great way to start the day! Gosh, all of that looked so cool, from the run to the two visitors! Very one with nature.

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