The Running Realtor: The Miami Marathon Adventure - 2009

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

The Miami Marathon Adventure - 2009

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 FrozenNeal "The Real Deal" Bloom 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.

We were lounging at the pool when Pat Murray called to say she was on her way.  Pat and I were the only two Rainer's Running Miami and we were meeting Wendy from Mystic on Marathon morning.

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.


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Comment balloon 10 commentsNo Longer Active • January 30 2009 05:13PM


Dan sounds like you had a great time soaking up the sun and meeting our comrades.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

Dan - I'm glad you had a great time.  One of my Gainesville clients was down there running in the Marathon too.  I hoped you enjoyed the weather and had a real vacation too.

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 10 years ago

Dan you and Sandra have written about the ActiveRain members that you met, but how did you do in the race???????

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 10 years ago

I'm so jealous that you enjoyed some nice weather and had a small vacation.  By the way, how did you do?

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) over 10 years ago


Too bad I didn't have notice of about a year to train and maybe I would have joined you on the run...Oh I admit it would only be to eat and drink along the way...I like free was good to meet you and Sandra and hope to do it again one day soon.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Dan,

Sounds like a great trip all the way around, you didn't tell us how you did in the race....:)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I love the comments "how did you do in the race Dan?" --- Let me tell you since he has chosen to be a gentleman regarding the comments on the race.

He is one in 6 of us who finished the whole 26.2 miles! One of my friends broke her collar bone and just ran the 1/2, another friend had an injury and decided on the half - about 8 miles in.  Wendy...... she had an issue with her hamstring and me, well.... it was a disaster - total dehydration and my body just could barely run. My legs felt like they had weights on them and my joints ached.  I barely made the 1/2 marathon.... so, all in all...... Dan did great... AFter the cold snap, the day of the marathon, it was 60 degree's at 5 AM..... humidity started to come back too. So, even though you are a northerner... we will make both you and Sandra honorary Floridian's......!

HOw about the A1A 1/2 in Ft. Lauderdale 2/22?????    

Posted by Patricia Murray (Premiere Plus Realty Co.) over 10 years ago

Bill...  It was fun and I learned one thing.... Next year I'm extending my stay after the race so I can party a little more instead of preping for the marathon.

Christine... Weather could have been a little warmer durning the beginning of our stay...

George, Judy & Suzanne... I was long winded enough writing this so I saved the actual race for my next post!

Neal... Actually you do have a year... I will be doing both the Disney Half & Full Marathon next year on January 9th & 10th.  Pick a distance and start training... 13.1 miles on Saturday or 26.2 on Sunday

Pat...  I'd love to come back next month but maybe I should sell a few houses first.  Don't think my wife would let me use a free flight and room with you to save cash!  LOL

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I looked at the weather first thing last Sunday. Tough to run in those conditions, especially when we're acclimated and conditioned for temps 30-40 degrees cooler.

Posted by Craig W. Barrett, Hughesville MD Real Estate (RE/MAX 100) over 10 years ago

Looks like you had a blast BEFORE the race!  I'm so glad to be part of it...and am looking forward to January of 2010!!!

Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 10 years ago

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