Trip recap

I have been back from my trip to San Diego (AKA Paradise) for a week now and decided that it is time to get a little (picture heavy) recap posted.  We had a great time, enjoyed the day we spent at the Catamaran Resort and my fun early morning run along the boardwalk of Mission Beach.   I was very impressed by how they had all of these locals show up for my arrival, thanks for the warm welcome!

We took a boat ride around Mission Bay (a few times) and enjoyed the ride along with the fireworks from Sea World.

The real vacation started when we hit the Sunset Cliffs and OB area.  While there we stayed at the Inn at Sunset Cliffs. 

My daughter’s 11th birthday hit while we were out there so we took her shopping at a few of the local outlet malls and had a fantastically bloating lunch at the Corvette Diner.  Both kids had fun, which was the main point.

A few of the places we went that I would like to mention were Hodads  (very good), and the Olive Tree Marketplace.  Olive Tree has the best selection of craft beers I have run across- including several of the specialty stores in Phoenix.  They have brews from many different breweries as well as loads of various styles in 4 packs, 6 packs, bombers, and other assorted sizes.  If you like beer and are in the area you really need to do yourself a favor and hit this place up.  Here are pictures from a few of their displays and they dont include the wall of coolers filled up. I have to add that their deli sandwiches and salads are very tasty, I wish we would have gone there a few more times.

If you are looking for a craft beer but are not close to the Olive Tree, this place will do in a pinch.

I was in the middle of San Diego Sparkler territory, but ran acorss this awesome sight.

One day my Brother in Law came down to spend the day with us.  He took up to La Jolla to see the Sea Lions.  Beautiful place with crystal clear water. Thanks for taking us Ryan!  Crazy place, busy and only one way in and out.

We then went to Pizza Port in OB where the beer chick gave me the wrong beer the first time I went up, but it was still good.  Just dont know what it was. 35 cent wing and cheese stick night is not to be missed!

I got some great, beautiful runs in while there.  Running on the coastline is so refreshing and makes it feel effortless, until you hit the hills.  Hills along the coast?  Yep.

Plus I was able to relax and recover after tearing my body up running.

I saw this car and have no idea what it was advertising. I would take it though.

I know that I am forgetting a bunch of other places, people, and things, so here is a video recap and some random pictures to end the post.  Stay classy San Diego!


My travels to San Diego

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.

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