Hello from South Walton, Florida! It’s been a busy few days but I’ve managed to fit in a couple of good runs. Let’s get right to it. Or actually, let’s start with a donut. South Walton residents and visitors: Were you aware that Charlie’s Donut Truck opened a new location in Seacrest? Go get a dozen before today’s batch is gone! Okay, now to those runs!
Yesterday I had a busy morning of meetings, so I had to keep my run close to the hotel. Luckily Baytowne Wharf is full of shady sidewalks and pedestrian paths!It was HOT out there and the miles were a lot tougher than I had anticipated. Plus, my legs have been cramped up in three plane rides + eight hours in the car over the past five days. So: not my best run.But I got through it! And the views were awesome. Even if I’m feeling blah, a bit of new scenery always helps keep me going.Six miles, done! A pancake-flat route helped keep my pace up Other exercise of late includes building this crazy sandcastle. It took six of us to complete it — including a couple of pros. Pretty cool, right?This morning I hit up Topsail Hill State Preserve for my run. There are so many parks in South Walton — it’s my goal to cover them all! So far I’ve biked through Grayton Beach State Park, run through Point Washington State Forest, and walked through Eden Gardens State Park. I still have a few more to go.
Topsail is one of my favorites so far. It’s quiet and has a wide, paved path. Plus the signage is pretty easy to interpret, meaning that I didn’t get lost like I did in Point Washington. Ha!The three-mile loop takes you around Campbell Lake. Beautiful views, even on an overcast day.There’s also a short (less than a mile) paved path straight to the beach!I’m not really into selfies but I felt like this was a special occasion. So.Check out the sand dunes! Nothing like the sound of the sea and your feet on a wooden boardwalk to start the day off. After I finished the Topsail pathways, I tacked on a couple more miles along the Timpoochee Trail.
I felt much better on this run — probably because I made sure to start earlier and bring a water bottle with me. And now I’m off for another full day, followed by a flight back home. See you tomorrow!
- Have you ever visited South Walton?
- Do you live near a local park? (One reason Anthony and I chose East Nashville is because it’s so close to Shelby Park)
- Beach or mountains?!