Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Home Sweet Home

Yesterday's Workout:
30 min stationary bike

Strength Training:
  • Dumbbell lunge 4x10 (each leg)
  • Lat pull-downs 3x20
  • Smith machine squats 3x20
  • Barbell bench press 3x20
  • Leg press 3x20
  • Standing barbell curl 3x20
  • Tricep bench dip 3x20
Today's Workout:
4 mile run

Hello Friends!
I hope you are all having a wonderful hump day! As for me, well I've been kind of busy moving and what not. I know I know, how impromptu of me. Hubby and I decided it was time to move from Broward County and back to our home town Miami. Despite the few miles between the two counties, Miami cannot compare to any other city (Biased opinion of course!). What can I say, I was born and raised in Miami, so my fondest memories have always been there.
Anyway, we spent Monday night packing up all of our stuff. We literally packed everything in 4 hours! We were totally exhausted!
Hubby packing up boxes.

Just getting started...
I woke up the next day at 4:30 am and went to the gym. I biked for 30 minutes and then I did a strength training session. When I got home the movers were already waiting for us.
English translation of La Barata: The Cheap. I'm not making that up! Milo hired a Cuban moving company from Miami.
It took about 4 hours to load that truck. I was tired just looking at the movers carrying all those boxes and furniture. After the truck was loaded, we headed home to Coconut Grove.
The "Welcome" sign to Miami. Yes, you read correctly: Little Havana. You gotta love this place =)
My fav part of the house: the backyard. It's 12,500 square feet. That's an anomaly in Miami. Hubby and I love entertaining so this will be an ideal place for barbecuing and having small get-togethers.
This is a map of Miami. The portion that is highlighted in red is Coconut Grove.
Fun Facts about Coconut Grove:
  • It's the oldest inhabited neighborhood in Miami (settled 1825).
  • The area is often referred to by locals as "The Grove".
  • One of Miami's most prominent outdoor festival is the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
  • The eastern border is Biscayne Bay.
  • The following movies and TV shows featured scenes in Coconut Grove: Bad Boys, Scarface, Dexter, Marley and Me, Burn Notice, Meet the Fockers, The First 48, Golden Girls and CSI: Miami.
  • The following celebrities have or had homes here: LeBron James, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone.
This is why I love Coconut Grove:
This is the Key Biscayne Bridge. It's about 2 miles from Coconut Grove.
Coconut Grove is a haven for every kind of athlete. It offers a great route to this wonderful bridge and it has the most scenic running and biking paths. From Coconut Grove I could venture out to Key Biscayne, or to Downtown Miami or to Coco Plum. This is one of the reasons why I moved here. Running is pretty much my number one hobby and passion, so for me, it's important to live in a place that is conducive to my sport.
Does running or another sport determine where you will live?
I am grateful to live in a place where tall palm trees
surround me; where the salty scent of the ocean fills
the air and where the sounds of pelicans could be heard
from far away places.



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  1. I never thought that I would pick a place to live based on running but after moving right next to a huge park and starting to run/walk there regularly, I don't ever want to live somewhere that doesn't have trails or a big park nearby. Now if that could include scenery like palm trees and ocean views I think I would be in heaven!!

    1. Doesn't the park make a huge difference? It's just more conducive for running and having an active lifestyle.

  2. My dream place to live would have awesome slopes where I can go snowboarding, gorgeous trails and parks where I can go running, and a river or lake to kayak. And it has to be bike-friendly, so I can bike everywhere, instead of having to drive.
    Another criteria is good restaurants, cafes, and health food stores!

    Anyone know of a place like this? Colorado?

    1. Jo your ideal place sounds like lots of fun! As a matter of fact, I think Colorado is like that. Colorado is a running haven because of the high altitude and hills!

  3. Congratulations on your move. I am so very jealous of the view!

    1. Oh, don't be! You should visit Miami =)

  4. Wow beautiful area, congrats on the new home! I grew up with a HUGE back yard so living in the city now and having a tiny one is an adjustment! We plan on keeping our house for a few more years (until we have kiddos) and then we want to move out of the city a little bit. Finding a safe place to live where we can run/ride safely will definitely play a role in deciding.

    1. Thank you Laura. Good luck on finding a place ;)

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