My recent trip to San Diego was filled with the usual assortment of activities at the beach, visiting local attractions, and eating the local cuisine. I was also able to get in a few good training runs along the coastline which provided a nice, albeit short, change in terrain and temperatures. With that in mind here are a few observations from my trip.
Running in the San Diego area is ideal, and the reason why I saw so many runners everywhere we went. Even in laid back Point Loma I saw people out running at all times of the day and night and in all areas of town.
Stone Brewings Smoked Porter is a fantastic beer and would make one heck of a nice ice cream float. This may be my 4th of July treat, 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, fill the glass with Stone’s smoked porter.
Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA is another very good brew, with a flavor I still can not pin-point, but desire to have again.
Lagunitas Under Cover Shut Down Ale was another great find on this trip. For a high alcohol content beer (9.7%) it went down very smoothly with minimal aftertaste of the alcohol. I could drink too many of these too quickly.
The USS Midway tour is worth the money, a great trip back in time on one of America’s most decorated warships.
The Corvette Diner is pretty cool. I would like to be the DJ there.
Just because you are running near the ocean does not mean that it will be a flat run. For some reason I was expecting a lot of flat areas to run on even though I have been out there many times before and know that the Sunset Cliffs area varies greatly in altitude change. I was really winded the 2 times I ran up around Point Loma Nazarene University, but the return trip was awesome. That area would make for a really nice but challenging 5 or 10K race.
Sea World. It is fun even though we have been there several times. This time however was special. This time while watching the Cirque de la Mur I was picked by the little dude in green to be a participant in the show for a bit. Thankfully no pictures of that exist. But the guys in the video were impressive.
Italian food made by Asian dudes can be very good. Just try Rosaria Pizza #4 on Point Loma Blvd. I thought I had walked into a sushi joint by the décor, but the food was very good and the staff was friendly and helpful as they gave us out of towners some coupons to use.
I would like to get out to the San Diego or Southern California area more often to run some races and hang out, sine we have placed moving to Colorado on hold for now perhaps this can be an option. Speaking of Colorado the Denver Marathon training is coming along well. Nothing spectacular but it is coming along. I am ready to start implementing strength conditioning into my routine and I believe that will be a huge boost in the training as the miles start to get over 50 a week. They have a spin class that simulates climbing mountains with short sprints mixed in for 60 minutes, which would be the class for me.
I will be running a local 5K on the morning of the 4th of July, promoting my new sponsor Jamba Juice. If you will be around Rio Vista Park that morning stop by and get some coupons and other Jamba Juice goodies!
I’ll leave with one more picture from San Diego.