Miami Travel Help

Heading to Miami – Recommendations Needed!

In just a short time I’ll be traveling to Miami for the wedding of a great friend. I’m so excited to be her maid of honor and to spend the weekend helping her celebrate. I’ve only been to Miami once before and it was for a conference so I didn’t really have a chance to do much exploring. The wedding festivities will take up most of my time, but I will have one full day to explore Miami and I need some help deciding what to do. Life has been a little busy lately and I haven’t been able to do a lot of research. I’m hoping that my awesome blogging friends can give me some suggestions on a few of the things that I can’t miss in Miami. Here’s a general rundown of some of the things that I need some help with…

  • I won’t have a car and will be staying in Coral Gables. What is the best way to get around – taxi, bike, bus?
  • I’d like to have some great local food. Any ideas for bunch and/or dinner on Saturday?
  • I’m not interested in going anyplace too exclusive or expensive, but would love to find a place for drinks Saturday night with a great atmosphere and view. Any ideas?
  • I can’t go to Florida without seeing the beach. Is South Beach the best place to go? Or, is it at least worth going to for the experience?
  • Any other recommendations or can’t miss attractions?

I’m definitely hoping make the most of the free time that I have in Miami. Thanks in advance for all of your recommendations. I can’t wait to report back on the trip!



4th of July Weekend: Cincinnati Staycation

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays because the focus is on just relaxing and spending time with friends and family. It’s even better when the 4th falls on a Friday like it did this year and creates a three day weekend.  Rather than trying to fit in an out of town trip we decided to turn the long weekend into a mini staycation. We had a great time taking advantage of the great sights, activities and restaurants that Cincinnati offers. Continue reading

Influenster GoVoxBox

GoVoxBox: Health and Fitness Product Reviews

About a month ago I received my favorite VoxBox from Influenster that I’ve been sent so far. If you aren’t familiar with Influenster, check out my post on the first VoxBox that I received at the end of last year. My latest box, the “GoVoxBox” has an emphasis on health and fitness and lots of goodies to try. There’s something so fun about getting packages in the mail, that just never gets old. Continue reading

San Juan Puerto Rico Vacation

Caribbean Travel: San Juan, Puerto Rico

I was lucky enough to travel to Puerto Rico about five years ago for several days on a work trip. I immediately fell in love with the island, the people and the food. I also became a huge sangria and mojito snob after having them in San Juan. They were amazing and nothing else I have had in the states has come close to being as good. I always knew that I wanted to go back sometime when I would have more free time to explore. That chance came last year when Chris and I went on a cruise with our friends Sean and Allison. The cruise left out of San Juan so we headed there a day early to do a little sightseeing. We took full advantage of the short time that we had to see and do as much as we could. Continue reading

Indy 500 Mini Marathon

Indy 500 Mini Marathon Highlights

On Saturday I completed my third (and final!) half marathon of the spring running season. Around Christmas Chris and I signed up to run the Indy 500 Mini Marathon. Neither of us had run it before and it often sells out. It is the same weekend as the Flying Pig Marathon so we knew that it would work perfectly with the training schedule we would follow with Bob Roncker’s training group. As you know if you’ve been following along, we also ended up signing up for RunTheBluegrass half marathon in Lexington and the Derby Festival Mini Marathon in Louisville. This meant that we would run three half marathons in five weeks! Luckily I made it through training and the races injury-free and was able to hit my goal of a sub-2 hour half marathon. Continue reading

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Trip Recap: Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Since my last few posts have focused on half marathons that I ran in Kentucky – RunTheBluegrass and Derby miniMarathon – I thought this would be the perfect time to recap a road trip that I did a few years ago on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  Continue reading

Kentucky Half Classic

Derby Festival miniMarathon & Kentucky Half Classic

Kentucky Half Classic

Earlier this year when I was picking out races I had planned to run two half marathons – the RunTheBluegrass in Lexington at the end of March and the Indy 500 Festival mini marathon the first weekend of May. At some point early this year the race directors for RunTheBluegrass and another Kentucky race, the Derby miniMarathon, decided to partner and create the Kentucky Half Classic. Runners who did both races would receive an extra finisher’s medal and some additional finish line perks. I was immediately interested, but the race in Louisville was only three weeks after Lexington and two weeks before Indianapolis. After taking a look at my training schedule I decided to go for it. I was supposed to be running 12 miles anyway, so an extra mile or so seemed worth the benefit of experiencing a new race and getting two new medals. It’s also always fun to be part of an inaugural event. I was a little worried though that I was doing to many races and was going to leave myself injury-prone and potentially risk my chances of a sub 2-hour half marathon. Well, if you’ve been reading you know that I had a good run in the Heart Mini 15k and decided to just go for my sub 2-hour time in Lexington and was successful! Continue reading