I’ve shared how much my Moms Run This Town group has changed my running life, but I’m not sure I’ve told you how awesome the women are in every other area of life. Our group is so chatty our chapter leaders created a “non-running related” page that serves as an all-purpose chat/support group where no topics are off limits and run the gamut from which hospital has the best pediatric emergency room to which restaurant has the best pho. Last week this MRTT awesomeness made it all the way across the country and found me in San Diego.
I had asked our group if anyone had suggestions for running routes in San Diego beyond the obvious–Balboa Park (which I did Sunday morning) and along the bay. One woman said that she was in the area visiting friends and family, and offered to take me hiking!
Hiking Cowles Mountain
We wanted to beat the heat and I needed to be back at my hotel no later than 10 am, so she picked me up at 6:30 am. The drive to Cowles Mountain went quickly, and we were starting up the trail at 7:00.
The June Gloom was lingering, but it didn’t take us too long to get views from about the clouds.
The trail was surprisingly busy for a weekday morning, but if I lived so close to a 3 mile hike with such spectacular views, I wouldn’t be able to stay away either.
With all my photo stops, the hike took us about 90 minutes, and Liz had me back at my hotel by 9:00 am–plenty of time to shower and refuel at Starbucks before my first meeting.
Running Along San Diego Bay
I couldn’t spend 4 days in San Diego without running along San Diego Bay, so on Tuesday I headed out from my hotel across the trolley tracks over to the water. I was hoping to get in 5 miles, so I ran around each of the Embarcadero “islands” and out to the USS Midway.
View of downtown from Embarcadero Park South
Unconditional Surrender by J. Seward Johnson
Interesting pedestrian bridge over Harbor Drive
My route ended up being exactly 5 miles, which I’ve since confirmed with this handy running map–too bad I didn’t have it when I was there.
Just so you don’t think the San Diego weather was gloomy all day, here’s a picture I took when I walked to Seaport Village for a fish taco.
The weather really was gorgeous!
I’ve covered the first two days of the week,
but here’ s a full rundown of my workouts:
Monday: 3 mi hike
Tuesday: 5 mi run
Wednesday: 45 min strength workout
Friday: CPY2 yoga
Saturday: 29.75 mi bike ride
25 min running at OTF Base Pace clinic
Sunday: 48 mi bike ride
Have you run into friends at unexpected places?