An Outdoors Weekend

This past weekend was such a blast!

My Mom came into town to join me at my February Race, the 27th Annual Real Florida 5k, 10k and Fun Walk. I always love when she comes up to cheer me on at my races!

Rylee and Brett were supposed to come and greet me at the finish line as well, but the weather forecast was so bad and we didn’t want Rylee to get caught in the rain. It was scheduled to thunderstorm all day and it poured down in spurts on our entire way to the race. I thought for sure that it was going to be cancelled, but we pressed on anyways just to make sure.

We really lucked out! It cleared up right when we got there and stayed that way for the entire race!

When we got there, we checked in to get my race number and T-shirt.

27th Real Florida Run

The shirts were so cute, with the otter on them!

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The reason why I chose to run this race, was because the course is entirely on a trail and within a state park. I have never run a trail race before and was looking forward to the challenge. Plus, running within a state park is so unique and the race registration fee goes towards preserving the park, which I think is a great reason to run!

I signed up for the 5k for this race but there was also a 10k.

27th Real Florida Run

The 5k runners were called to the starting line about 10 minutes after the 10k runners took off.

27th Real Florida Run

I anxiously waited for them to blow the horn to start our portion of the race, wondering what the course was going to entail. I set my playlist and then we were off!

27th Real Florida Run

The trail was a winding and small dirt path with some sections of it only wide enough for one runner. The trail went through fields of high grass and had paths covered with pine needles. And due to mother nature, there was even a detour added to the route that had us runners heading off the path and around a large tree trunk that had fallen right into the course’s path.

At one point, I felt like Katniss from The Hunger Games as I ran down hill, jumping over divots in the sand and darting around large tree roots. It was pretty neat! Especially because I am obsessed with The Hunger Games! :)

27th Real Florida Run

At the end of the race, everyone got a metal and cheered on the remaining runners. I was really excited to see little peanut butter and jelly squares at the snack table afterwards and enjoyed one along with a banana!

The rest of the day, we enjoyed some family time at home, watching movies as the rainy weather made its way to our part of town.


We made up for our time spent indoors the next day when the weather was much nicer. We took Rylee to the park for the first time!

We put her in the swing when we got there and she just loved it!

Rylee at the Park

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After pushing her for a little while, she had to start closing her eyes because the wind from swinging was making them water! She still laughed through it all and it was too cute!

Rylee at the park

I ended up grabbing her sunglasses (yes, she has heart-shaped sunglasses) from the car so it would help with the wind.

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She was chillin’.

The swing was pretty much the only hit at the park. She was way too little for anything else there and was quite confused as to why I was putting her on top of some giant plastic dinosaur.

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And she was not a fan of the slide either.

Rylee at the park

But I am so glad we got outside and went, because just her laugh alone when we stuck her in the swing and pushed those first few times was so worth it!

Rylee and Me at the Park

We will definitely be back to the park to play on the swings again and I am sure once Rylee can walk on her own, she will be owning that play ground!

Such a lovely time we had enjoying the outdoors.

I hope everyone else had a great weekend as well!

Question of the morning:

What is the most unique place you have ever run, or raced?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

4 Comments on An Outdoors Weekend

  1. Lenore Meyers
    February 25, 2014 at 8:56 am (4 years ago)

    I laughed and laughed at those pictures of Rylee on the swing. She’s so adorable.

    • Jane
      February 25, 2014 at 9:00 am (4 years ago)

      Haha! I do too, every time!

  2. Meg
    February 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm (4 years ago)

    She is too cute! I love her smile! :)

    • Jane
      February 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much! :)


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