california in january.

you know how when you’re in the check-out line at the grocery store & you grab a pack of gum because a) you’re out & b) you like gum? it can be a really super spontaneous move, right?

well, that is exactly how i would describe my recent trek out to california. my cousin told me about a half marathon in cali & that’s really all i needed to hear. over thinking is overrated.

so out to cali i went. in january. first things first was leaving the maryland snow. that was the easy part.


or so i thought. the white stuff caused a delay which subsequently caused me to miss my connection in philly. have you ever had to run through the airport to catch a flight? i never i thought i would be that person, but i certainly was. i started out with the half-committed jaunt through the massive hallways of the philly airport. soon i realized i was only at gate 15 and i needed to be at gate 45 in ten minutes. this is when my half-committed jaunt turned into a determined sprint. there was no in-between.

ps by the way, i was carrying a bookbag, a rolly-suitcase & my purse. what a mess.

i was able to get a two-mile run in though – which is always a plus when training for a half marathon.


palm trees + blue skies + 70 degree weather = san diego


my journey began with a fun adventure on antique row. i love thrift & antique shops & san diego has as entire row of these gems. this yellow-door shop was by far my favorite vintage shop.


the next morning i grabbed a mocha & this is when the sadness hit. it rains in california. this i thought was not possible.


lunch was fish tacos. the best dang fish tacos i’ve ever had.


a little chesapeake bay shout out!


saturday morning – went looking for some yard sales – because a californians junk is a marylanders treasure.


i bought one book for a quarter & then the beach was found. success!


the fam bam.


next stop was marston house.


took a tour of the house with a very enthusiastic & knowledgable tour guide named ena. the marston family was quite important in the preservation of san diego. i love history.


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the next day was race day. i’ll soon have an update on all the highlights from the race. but for now, a few views from the route.



it’s normal to climb roofs after running 13.1 miles. 



this is a ridiculously beautiful place & made for a great start to the year.

IMG_8393looking forward to returning with friends. there are so many things i wanna see, do, explore in cali.


but for now, it’s back to snow & winter & work & friends & the bay. it’s not so bad.

One thought on “california in january.

  1. This looks so beautiful!! Can’t wait to hear more about the race. And the yard sales, so intrigued by the yard sales.

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