Running Around the Gulf Coast
I would first like to start off by stating that I am neither a blogger or a runner. I am not here to give you advice on training or nutrition and if you are looking for a stimulating piece of literature, you may be in the wrong place.
What I am here to do is not only talk about my journey into the dark spiral that is running, and the great opportunities to participate in our community, see the sights, and stay active while on vacation at the Gulf Coast. I started working out after several years "off" in August of 2013. I never set out to run in any races (in fact, I have hated running since I was in elementary school) and I certainly never expected to be blogging about it.
I "ran" my first race at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The Wharf is one of the South East's largest entertainment districts and boasts a 10k seat amphitheater, convention center, a huge ferris wheel, movie theater, fishing tournaments, condos, shopping, dining, and more. Labor Day weekend the Color Run (apparently the happiest 5k on the planet, as it is billed) was at The Wharf and several friends and my parents decided to do it together. We had a lively jaunt down Main Street and Wharf Parkway being pelted with color bombs along the way. The turn out was fantastic and the weather was ideal. I skipped about half the race to go back to my car and get a beer and I have no idea what time I finished the race. It was an event for sure and had plenty of space, music, and fun for anyone looking to be involved.
Somehow, this got me started and I ran 5 more races during 2013, culminating with my final race of the year, the "Make it to the Line" 4 Mile run at the Flora-Bama. For those not aware, the "Bama" sits in between the Alabama and Florida state lines, on the beach, and is home to many events, live music daily, Sunday Worship on the Water and more....