Jet leg is something to deal with first day or two as the body refuses to accept that it should run at all these odd hours, or after 15 hours of airport/aircraft harassment. This time it is also "termic" shock as in last couple of hours I changed from slightly sub-zero temperatures in Europe to almost 30 degrees centigrade in Florida. But regardless from what body thinks, for some strange reason my mood always improves once in presence of palms... Only the very first run, hardly 7 hours after checking-in in the hotel feels strange - even more so for much higher humidity compared to what am used to from home.
On my way from the airport to hotel I inquired with the taxi driver how safe is to run alongside of the beach. It is almost 23:00 and there are more people running than Saturday morning next to Vltava river in Prague. He seemed not to get my question at first. Allegedly the place has "average" safety record, but the taxi driver insists that North Atlantic Boulevard, the stretch I see from my balcony is very, very safe - at any time of the day - or night.
6 hour time difference compared to Prague presents body with an advantage of being "switched-on" quite early in the morning. At 4 o'clock the body thinks it is almost lunch time, and after cup of black coffee is run-ready. First morning am struggling a bit with warm, humid beachfront. Day two and three are much better. Day four I fly as expected. Running Atlantic Boulevard up to Oakland Park Boulevard and back. Once crossed the waterway via draw-bridge, turned left to Bayview Drive back to Sunrise Boulevard and back to hotel via North Atlantic Boulevard. Good 11-12km. Or extend South to Sheraton hotel and you add 2-3km more. The last run I push further North and cross the waterway at Commercial Boulevard. Both Atlantic Boulevard and Bayview Drive display some great villas and mansions. Especially quiet and green Bayview with its maze of waterways allowing the property owners park their boats just in front of the house - as we do with our cars... Tropical smell everywhere.
Westin Beach Resort Hotel provides the runners with pyramid of rolled snow-white, clean towels placed at the entrance every morning. And if you return back from your run early enough, there is the fridge under the pile of towels offering either pure water or flavored "vitamin" water - for free. It is very nice touch as due to already relatively high temperature and high humidity, the runners - including myself, usually return completely soaked and dripping sweat.
The amount of runners and walkers on North Atlantic Boulevard is impressive. Even at 5 o'clock morning. Both men an women, from college students to pensioners. And there is solitary biker or bigger pack that whizzes past you every now and then, obviously trying to squeeze in decent ride before the sun starts mercilessly pound the asphalt. What a place to run. People are friendly, cheering each otherEnjoyed very much.