To date this had been my best, and longest training run ever. Absolutely monstrous. I went from Redondo Beach in Cali, and headed north into Palos Verdes some 350 feet above. Had everything. Wind, Sun, Hills, Trail Running, Sand Running, Asphalt Running, Grass Running, Boardwalk Running, Water Shortage, Snake Warnings. Ran along seawall cliffs that went straight down 350 feet below! At one point, I saw signs that said "Beware of Rattlesnakes". Unreal!!! Came back to hotel and hit the jacuzzi right away. Did well with the SPF, but still got burned in some unusual areas (behind the knee, wrist). Have tons of pictures I took along the way, so see below for my running blog taken through the eyes of not only a runner, but as a sightseer as well...
My company had sent me to California on a relo assignment. April 17th was a blessed day off. The weather was spectacular, and when it was all over I had run 23.6 miles. At that point, it was the longest training run I had ever done. I capped off the night by going to dinner with some of my co-workers out there. Nothing like a little vino, good chat, and good food to cap off what would already have been an amazing day out there.
The first part of the run around the Redondo Beach area was very winding. There are a lot of shops that zig zag around piers, You go over a mile before you even hit the sand.
As I ran along the piers, I had great views of the Pacific as well as the minimalist designs such as the metal sails along the piers. Having gotten off to an early start, not only was I blessed with great weather, but with a lack of pedestrians as well. This minimized the zig-zag effect, allowing me to run almost effortlessly.
This photo was taken at the beginning of the run. See the mountain range in the distance? The next picture below shows me now on the road that I left the beach for and that is already on the beginning of the mount. Paseo De La Playa is a windy uphill road with many small but pretty homes along the way.
After a steep drop along Via Corta, I could see a ballfield along Via Almar. It was at the north end of a large piece of property which I believe belongs to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
How could anyone NOT want to live in a house like this one below?
Or what about this one? Again, all of these homes are along the cliffs of Paseo Del Mar.
I came across this trail along Paseo Del Mar, between Yarmouth and Oakley Roads. The trail breaks into two directions, the first, which I took, hugs Paseo, the other, more adventurous one, actually goes down to the water. Killer! But I opted for the safe bet and chose the hug instead.
|Nice Flower Bed.|
|This may very well be my favorite photo of the event. Look up at the top of the photo after reading the sign. Priceless.|
|Hey. No one ever said that running was hazard-free.|
|As you can see, I wasn't the only runner along this path....|
|Not only did it have a Spanish name "Malaga" but it looked very Castillian as well.|
|The view of a tired, but happy shadow...|
Seeing the sign that read Torrance, meant that I was closing in on the beach where it had all begun hours earlier. And more importantly, TWENTY MILES COMPLETED. WOOHOO!!!!!
|Final view of the road before re-entering the south section of Redondo Beach near Torrance.|
|Dig for it! Dig for it!!!|
|I didn't eat them . This time.|
But....would there be a sequel???