Running around Winter Haven

I have to admit there are many advantages to living in a smaller town. I won’t lie, if I roll out of bed at 4:30am or 7:30am I do not worry about running in my Winter Haven neighborhood.  Nope,  I really don’t.  Now on my Saturday morning long run’s we do venture out of the neighborhood and run right down Cypress Gardens Boulevard.  There is Legoland to consider, intersections, small business activity, and it is always fun to see who’s car is still left in the wine bar parking lot and we also meet a few  “bridge” people along the way.


I know I complain that it can be 99% humidity at 6am and 87 degree feel like temps by 9am!  But you can’t knock the smile off my face when the winter average run temp is somewhere around 50 degrees!  Rotten, I know I am!  So to play along with Marcia I am going to share some of my favorite scenes from Winter Haven.

The Sandhill cranes rule my neighborhood!

I let this guy pass me- I think he is headed back to the lake!

When you run the lake side you can see some lake action!

If you are a night runner you can see the Legoland night fireworks in the sky!

Yup, out on the main drag, intersections and all!

Let’s not forget Legoland!

At the end of the run a final sprint to the house sure puts a smile on my face!  How about you?

Do you see weird stuff on your everyday runs or your happy with the occasional turtle crossing?  

I am linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty!

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  1. We do have the occasional turtle crossing in the forest preserves, but then again, some of the old timers drive like turtles. I did witness a slow speed chase through my neighborhood once, which was probably one of the funniest things ever. It’s really congested around here and people normally drive like maniacs! I’m lucky, tho, there are a lot of pretty forest preserves and trails to run on.
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    • MB says:

      You know I know all about those turtle drivers! I can outrun them even on a hot day- LOL! I am a little jealous about all your trails, the nice softer ground would be a nice change of pace!

  2. Kimberly G says:

    Definitely looks like an awesome place to run. I love that you said you can feel safe running during any time of the day – thats a big plus!
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  3. I see deer a lot on my runs and occasional bunnies. That is quite enough wild life for me! I am jealous of your winter temps
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    • MB says:

      I have a family of bunnies living on my lake beach- I think they might have built a summer fort in our wood pile- they are so fun to watch!

  4. You are making me miss Florida so much!!! 🙂
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  5. Rachel says:

    I want to come visit! You live in such a lovely place!!!
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  6. Chaitali says:

    It really does look like you have a beautiful area to run in! I love that photo of the cranes, they definitely look like they’re in charge 🙂
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  7. I SO want to be your neighbor. Still trying to convince my husband he won’t die of heat strike in FL! I was hoping he could be enticed with all the lakes that there is to fish in!

  8. Speaking of turtles, I helped one across the street on my road yesterday morning. I have noticed on more than once occasion here lately of where people have run over turtles in the road. I mean ok come on it’s not likely they ran out in front of you all of a sudden.
    I’ll give a driver or two the benefit of doubt thinking that when they saw the turtle another car was coming and they had no choice but to hit it. But really I’ve seen several in the middle of the road flat as a pancake. These drivers had to know they were hitting them and why? Just why?
    Turtle lives matter too! 🙂
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  9. I would love to run through your neighborhood! I love that you live in Winter Haven, but I must admit I’d much rather run in 50 degree weather than in the 80’s!
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  10. I see an occasional turtle (very occasional LOL). What I see, though, are a lot of near-accidents because a lot of people don;t use their turn signals (apparently, they think everyone knows where they’re going since it’s a small town LOL).
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  11. Jenn says:

    I didn’t realize you were so close to Legoland! We will have to meet for dinner the next time we are down there!

    I think I have shared plenty of weird (and cool) things seen on my runs: turtles, gators, snakes, peacocks, wild turkeys. And then there was the day the big white horse was standing in the middle of the road. I’ve also seen dolphins swimming while running on the beach. And the zebras, horses and other farm animals in the neighborhood near me. It definitely keeps things interesting.
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  12. Marcia says:

    You’ve got lovely scenes and wildlife! We have those Sandhill Cranes here in summer. They are huge!
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  13. Hmm, I’ve never seen a turtle out in a run. When I run by my house I see lots of garbage which makes me sad because I do not understand why people feel the need to throw it on the street. Sometimes I feel like running with a bag and pick up the trash but don’t think that will go well on my run.
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I am a wife, mother, stepmother, working healthcare financial professional and a 5K enthusiast! I love to travel, try new products, meet new friends, eat great food and drink great wine! Why not run around the world in my tutu and tennies?
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