With all the runners here on ActiveRain no one decided to take a winter escape for a Mingle in Miami so we opted for a week of quaint visits with selected agents. My wife wrote about our entry into the Frozen Tundra of Florida and the folks we met in the Orlando area so I'll finish off with the last half of our getaway.
On route to Miami we took a detour into Boca Raton to grab lunch with Real Deal Neal at J. Alexander's on Glades Road where I had an adventurous meal of Rattlesnake Pasta. Being a life long New Englander I rarely see a menu filled with southern delicacies. After a few hours I had to cut out meeting short to continue our journey.
Traffic was heavy but we made our way to Miami Beach, checked into our hotel and hustled out to meet Janie Coffey. She introduced us to the Lincoln Road area of Miami Beach. We had an advantage since the hotel was only a few blocks away we walked over to Lincoln Road and watched as Janie circled the block a few times looking for a parking space. We settled down at Van Dyke's Cafe for a light dinner and drinks. Through ActiveRain, Facebook & Twitter I have heard quite a bit about Mojito's so I decide to skip my usual Heinekin and have a local drink. Only had one Mojito since the Marathon was a little over a day away and they say drinking contributes to dehydration on the long run.
Saturday morning we were up early on South Beach for the sunrise then sat down to a $50 feast at the breakfast buffet. One thing I did learn for the future is to schedule my extra time after the Run! Initially my thought was to arrive in Florida a week early so I'd be accustom to the heat but a three day freeze ruined that plan and a week of over eating fattened me up for the 26.2 Mile Marathon Run.
Sunday was Marathon Morning! I was slighly behind schedule arriving at the Convention Center around 4:10 am to catch the shuttle to the starting line but fortunately Pat was on time and saved me a spot near the front of the line.
Things can get a bit hectic at large events but with 15,500 runners expected in Miami it was easy to spot Wendy when she arrived. We snapped a few 5:00am photos and chit-chatted before making our way to the starting corrals. Since everyone's pace is a little different we each ran our own race and planned to meet for food & drinks on Lincoln Road once we were refreshed after the long run.
I'm always running around the Connecticut Shoreline so if you need assistance Buying or Selling a home in my territory just remember to google Dan Cummings, The Running Realtor. My marathon running also allows me to mingle with agents throughout the country so if you are leaving Connecticut contact me and I'll put you in touch with a great agent that I know will serve you well.