34 In Life

A St. George Island 10-miler

Oh hey there! Long time no blog! Ok, just a week, but a week feels like forever when I typically am posting 3-4 times a week! Sorry for the brief hiatus, but I’ve been busy making memories with my family, and away from the ‘ole laptop!

We flew home from the beach late Wednesday night, then suffered through two very long days of work on Thursday and Friday while the rest of my family was still at the beach! Then Friday night, I headed home to Nashville for the weekend for some girl time and two photo shoots! (Which you can check out if you want over at facebook.com/sarahinglephotography) To say I’ve been a busy bee lately is an understatement!

My half marathon is in 2 weeks. TWO WEEKS. I signed up for this race back in May, so I’m having a hard time accepting how fast time has flown by! I did a solid long run while we were at the beach, which I’ll tell you all about in just a second, but haven’t gotten one in since then, so this week = Operation Hit The Pavement & Get My Butt In Gear. I’m STILL staying optimistic that if I push hard enough I have get under 2 hours, so here’s to positive thinking!

I had full intentions of running everyday at the beach, but I just couldn’t stand to miss out on any sunrise fishing with my husband, dad, or brother! So, I did my 10 miler the first morning we were there, and after that chalked up my daily exercise to riding bikes around the island or walking on the beach! But, can you blame me? I’m pretty sure a relaxing week both mentally and physically is sometimes the best thing you can give yourself.

I know you’re itching to see photos from our trip, but I haven’t had time to go thru them all, so for now you get the formal family portrait, taken by yours truly via the tri-pod,

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plus a few teasers ๐Ÿ™‚

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We rented kayaks and on my last day, at the urging of my dad, we kayaked out on the rough water and had a blast catching waves together!

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We found out we are getting a grandSON & a NEPHEW!

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We walked down to the cut where Adam proposed to me two years ago.

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We went shark fishing every night, and fished hard during the day!

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I can’t wait to go through all our pictures, (two photographers in the family makes for about 2,000 difficult to narrow down photos!), make another photo book, order a canvas wrap, and order some prints for Christmas gifts!

Ok, now let’s talk about that 10 miler!

I woke up bright and early last Sunday morning, before the sun was even up, and coerced the fam to eventually meet up with me on bikes and bring me water at a few different points! Perfect.

Adam had his sights sets on some early fishing so I gave him my camera and he was able to capture the beautiful sunrise right while I was out!

running on st george island florida

I started out feeling great, hovering in the low 9’s, then eventually down to about 9:30, and before I knew it the humidity had me pacing closer to a 10:00 mile around mile 8! Even though St. George Island is flat as a pancake, running through the trails in the humidity and with a strong breeze made it pretty tough! But, I think I smiled the whole way through it because I was running at my favorite place in the world, and no slow time could ruin that!

On St. George Island, it’s divided into really 3 sections: a state park on one end, the middle section with beach houses and a few shops and restaraunts, (the part of the island you enter from the bridge) and the other end is the St. George Plantation where we always stay. The plantation is a private, gated ~6 mile stretch full of beach houses and bay-front homes, tons of trees and vegetation, miles of paved bike trails, and access to the Bob Sikes Cut or “jetty” where Adam and I got engaged a couple years ago. There’s just something about it that makes everything right in the world, and I have so many special memories there I could go on and on with stories.

Here are some iphone scenes from my run:

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The miles went by fairly quickly, especially with running by all the unique beach houses, up and down pretty paths, passing ocean views, reminiscing about previous trips to the island,ย and my family catching up to me on bikes to bring me water and my Clif Shot Bloks!

When I got done, my shins were pretty sore and my feet were definitely feeling it, but I’m glad I stuck it out and did a double digit run while we were gone! I felt amazing the rest of the day- runner’s high is no joke!

This weekend while I was back in Nashville, Adam surprised me with an item I had been wanting! This isn’t my picture, but I’m so excited to wear it!! I wish I had been able to at the beach!

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Brownie points for the hubs. A hot pink, light-weight Brooks Run Happy hat! Yay!

Since my family stayed the full week and Adam and I left a little early, they brought home some fresh shrimp from the gulf and a huge fish fillet called Triple Tail. I picked it all up from my parents while I was in Nashville this weekend and tonight we had ourselves a little seafood feast! I guess it was my last taste of the beach for a while. Until next time SGI!

easy seafood dinner and shrimp

This week’s goal is to get back into the blogosphere, squeeze in as many runs as possible, and REST! I am still exhausted from traveling, and it’s starting to take a toll! Whew!

Have you been on a vacation recently? Do you have a big race coming up?ย 

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Thanks lovelies!

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    October 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Welcome back! Looks like you had a great trip. LOVE all of the photos and can’t wait to see more!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Nicole- Woohoo! It was PERFECT! I’ll post more photos soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Abby @ Change of Pace
    October 15, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Stunning photos! And what a breathtaking location. I bet it’s even more fun to be a photographer in a place like that!
    Congrats on the news of a nephew!
    Way to go with your run. Running along the water is my absolute favourite.

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Abby- Thanks Abby! It’s pretty hard not to constantly take pictures for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! We’re SO excited about our nephew!! Can’t believe he will be here so soon!!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    October 15, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I love running while on vacation! It is such an awesome way to explore a new area! ๐Ÿ™‚ I missed your posts while you were away!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Jana- It really is!! Much better than just driving around!

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    Anna @ Running On Plenty
    October 15, 2013 at 9:55 am

    This looks so fun! I wish I was a “real” photographer, instead of a not-so-good photographer with a “good” camera. All of those pictures are fantastic! I especially like that Southern Marsh shirt you have…it always makes me happy to see them outside of Louisiana!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Anna- Bahaha, I’m sure you can learn to be ๐Ÿ™‚ Love Southern Marsh! It’s all over Arkansas!!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    October 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Sounds like a wonderful trip!! I can’t wait to see more pictures!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Kristin- Thanks Kristin!! Me too! I’ll post them in a few days once I go through them all ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ashley
    October 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Oh my gosh those pictures are breath taking. I’m glad you took a bit of a blog hiatus and enjoyed your time there, and the time with your family! Congrats on expanding the family! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Ashley- Thanks! It was so nice to unplug, such a good feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re SO excited about the new addition!! Can’t wait!!

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    Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    October 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Look at those gorgeous pics! Lucky you to be able to spend time with loved ones on a beach no less! Trying hard to pretend I’m not jealous ๐Ÿ˜‰
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Davida- Thanks girl! Spending time with family at the beach is probably my favorite thing ever ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    October 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I love how you got up close and personal with all the sea life!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Jillienne- Thanks! Haha unplanned of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Cori @ olivetorun
    October 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Wow, talk about breathtaking photographs. Looks like one heck of a time! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Cori- Thanks girl! I’m excited to look through all of them! We had a fantastic trip, we are so blessed! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tara@PNWRunner
    October 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    WOW! What a fun trip! I am completely jealous!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Welcome back!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Tara- Thanks!! Well you’ll just have to go sometime then!

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    Kimmie
    October 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Looks and sounds like a wonderful trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Kimmie- Thanks Kimmie! It was so fun!

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    Missy
    October 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    All these photos are beautiful! Looks like you had an amazing vacation!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Missy- Thank you! I can’t wait to go through them all and get them all up! It was so great, wish we were still there! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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    Matilda
    October 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Beautiful photo’s.
    I went on a holiday recent too. I actually haven’t posted any photo’s on RunMum but you can find them over on my photography page http://www.lovemicreations.com/miblog
    I did a 30day challenge in september and there will be holiday pictures there. I’ve only just posted/ing the rest of them up now as I’ve been flat out busy.
    Well done on getting your long run in. You know you are a runner for life when you run when you are on holidays.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Matilda- Haha so true!! I guess when you’re a runner it tends to happen anytime and anywhere possible! I’ll have to check out your photos! I bet they’re fabulous!!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    October 16, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Your vacation looks amazing! I love the beach and any time I get to spend near water I consider a victory! So glad you were able to get in some quality time and a great run!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Kelly- It was!! But I’m biased ๐Ÿ™‚ Yesss love being near water, it’s so refreshing! Thankfully we live near some big rivers and lakes, but nothing takes the cake like the beach!

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    Jen@milesandblessings
    October 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Wow!!! What amazing pictures! That place looks like so much fun! My husband lives to go shark fishing while we are in Florida! Blogging while traveling is hard! We have been traveling this week….not really of vacation…bu it has been fun and I is just not as easy to blog when I am away from my computer :). It is nice to have some no tech time too though!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Jen- Thanks! We had a blast ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m with you..sometimes unplugging is the best thing ever..trips are much more enjoyable when you aren’t worrying about blogging or updating the world on every second of every day! haha!

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    Julie
    October 16, 2013 at 11:44 am

    YAY glad you’re back! Your pictures are always my favorite. And you’re looking extra beautiful, as always. Love the family tri-pod photo. Such a beautiful family ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Julie- Haha thanks!! I wish I could just LIVE at the beach!!

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    October 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Beautiful pics (as always)! Looks like you had an amazing time. I’m beyond jealous! And I can just imagine the amount of pictures you have after a trip, with two photographers!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Christine- Thanks! It was wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ Probably way too many pictures!!

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