18 May 2011


Being at the beach, even if it is for work, and not going for a run is a sin. That's why I made sure to go for a run while at the beautiful South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, Florida. As the name suggests, this resort is on an island off the coast right outside Ft. Myers on the Florida panhandle. I managed to get up at 6AM and head out, not really having done the research to know where I'm going. I knew to head towards the "North Pointe" of the island and back, but I didn't know how much distance that would give me. I headed down a quite road, the only road really, as there was either the coast line on one side of the road and expensive beach mansions with direct beach access on the other side of the road. This was most definitely the  most narrow populated island or section of island I had ever been on.

It was a beautiful morning for a run, temperatures in the low 70s and the sun slowly rising above the horizon. The only other traffic were local resort workers making their way to their jobs and the friendly trolley driver, who would soon shuttle resort guests from North Pointe to the South end of the resort and everything in between. Everyone had a smile and a friendly wave of their hand for me. Not sure iof this makes sense, but I sure felt like I was somewhere in the Carribean Islands for a nice vacation. While I wasn't on vacation, I was at a location were most folks were vacationing, unless they were one of the 150 or so colleagues of mine that were attending a company networking event. This has got to be the nicest location for a business event ever.

I reached North Pointe after exactly 2 miles. This part of the resort provided the real estate for a beautiful golf course, a yacht harbour and a beautiful beack known around the world for it's seashells. I looped around, entereing the beach and its soft white sands for about half a mile before getting back onto the road.

I completed my run, feeling refreshed, reenergized and ready for an other day of meetings and seminars. I can't wait to get out for a run again.

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