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