Active on the Coast

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....

Caribe Resort in Orange Beach

Caribe Resort in Orange Beach

 

Caribe Resort is a spacious Caribbean style resort located in Orange Beach. 

You can also enjoy floor to ceiling views of Perdido Bay and the Perdido Pass from the balconies. Other unique unit features include granite countertops in kitchen and baths, designer stainless steel appliances, a wet bar with wine cooler and ice maker, a full-sized washer/dryer, high-speed wireless Internet access, and much more.

Certainly, Caribe's onsite amenities are world class:

Between the 'C' and 'D' towers is a zero-entry, three-tier pool with three tubular water slides and two hot tubs.'Kids of all ages' will be lined up to shoot down these slides. 

On the upper-deck, you will find a three-tier pool AND SIT BACK on an inner tube and relax as you float along our 980 foot long lazy river. Located on the upper-deck, our 18 inch deep lazy river has jets that push you along the lush landscaping and beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Around the lazy river is a large sundeck, perfect for sunbathing or gathering with your family and friends. 

Each tower has a heated indoor pool and hot tub. The 'C' and 'D' indoor pools feature a kid-size water slide.

State-of-the-art fitness centers, one in each tower. Workout rooms feature cardio machines with televisions, top of the line strength training equipment and free weights, all with a view of an adjacent indoor pool. 

Practice your backhand on one of three complimentary, well-lit tennis courts. Tennis racquets and balls are available at Caribe Realty's on-site front desk.

Upon entering our lush, landscaped entrance, you can't miss our 10,000 sq. ft. Tiff Eagle,...

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