That Time I Saw a Manatee and fell in love

I wasn’t feeling great last night after the red eye and long day, so I didn’t set an alarm for this morning. I wanted to let my body wake up when it was ready. So, I got a incredibly late start on my long run – 8:30am. Not horrific, well not horrific unless you’re in Florida and it’s 89 degrees 60% humidity.

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So yeah. It’s gorgeous, but brutal here. My run was rough, but I did it. I was DRENCHED in sweat. and I’m pretty sure I need to grow gills to breathe in this air. But, when race day comes and it’s hot or another extreme condition I’ll be prepared.

After the run I walked another mile or two to the group hanging out at the beach.

I was just kicking back in the water when I observed people checking out the water and pointing at something. I had this feeling my life was about to change, so I got up to check it out….

There was a dark shadow in the water and I heard someone say ‘manatee’. So, naturally I went ideal toward it and was a few feet from him when he peeked his head out of the water to breathe. We made eye contact and it was love.

I have loved manatees considering that third grade when I wanted to raise money to save them from boaters cutting up their backs. I made book marks to sell to send them money (I ended up spending the money on ice cream, but I was 8 and it was a hot SoCal summer and the statue of limitations to make me feel bad Camiseta Kashiwa Reysol about that has passed).

The point is I love manatees and I specifically married Ben because he’s from Florida and I could visit them annually (also, don’t tell Ben this).

I have checked out Florida ten times considering that meeting him and never saw a manatee. finally today was the day I met Camiseta Selección de fútbol de Portugal a manatee and it was epic. Love.

I wanted to just stay there forever, but Marco the Manatee had to leave so I climbed in the boat to head back.

I ate a lot of food. I’m not taking pics of everything this week.

And now I’m blogging poolside.

For those asking, I’m about 1.5 hours south of Tampa so I can’t really meet up to run But, I will be back in FL for a non-family trip in November! stay tuned.

Question: have you met a manatee?



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