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Orlando Day 3: Universal Studios & Margaritaville
I’m sure these updates are getting a little boring.
I’m still in Orlando.
I’m still waking up early and going running.
My alarm went off at 5 am today so I could cover six Coach Cane-prescribed miles. Of course, at 5 am it was totally dark. That was weird.
So I reset the alarm for 5:30.
Still, it looked like this outside:
Coach Cane’s plan included the following breakdown (and I, like a good little runner, followed it exactly):
- 1 mile warm-up
- 2 miles at 8:30 pace
- 2 miles at 8:00 pace
- 1 mile cool-down
Boom. You got it, Coach.
It was super hot out and my route (through hotel parking lots and around hotel pools and golf courses) was tragically boring, but I got it done and felt great.
By 7:30 am I was showered and out the door, ready for a day of fun at Universal Studios!
I love big roller coasters, so Islands of Adventure was perfect for today.
People, a bit of advice: Go to amusement parks the day after July 4th. The park was practically empty today. I rode The Hulk (the biggest, most awesome coaster there) twice — with no line at all, literally walked right on — before 9 am.
I loved the Dueling Dragons roller coasters — and rode each of them — and, since there were no lines, even did all the fun little kid rides, like The Cat And The Hat and the carousel. I basically acted like a little kid the entire time. Fine by me.
Also, I’m no Harry Potter fan — I’ve never read the books or seen the movies and literally know nothing about the phenomenon — but I was pretty impressed with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I didn’t go on the main attraction because that’s where the longest line was, but I loved how that part of the park was put together. People were going crazy for it.
By noon I had ridden all the rides I wanted to conquer — multiple times — so I spent some time with my friend Jimmy Buffett at Margaritaville.
One drink turned into…more than one drink.
With a little afternoon buzz, it was time to get back to the hotel to get some work done. Good job, Ali.
Then I went on the hotel water slide.
Then I went in the hotel hot tub.
And now I’m doing a bit more work before heading to California Grill for dinner.
So now let me clarify a little something: Yes, I am in Orlando for work.
Of the four full days I’m here, I will work two and play two. It’s a nice balance. Tomorrow I’ll be at an event all day. No more play time. So yes, I’m incredibly lucky to be here, but going to parks is not my job. That would be awesome… Just wanted to clear that up.
Regular blogging about life and running and 16 Handles will resume soon enough. I’ll be back in NYC on Thursday. But until then, I’m soaking up all the Florida sun and heat and am actually feeling incredibly relaxed for the first time in a while.
Life is good.
I hope yours is, too.