Training for the Chicago Marathon has involved running in the following places-some of which hasn't happened yet.
I've run in Seattle, San Jose, I'll run on a Chicago trip and I've run in Newport Beach. Of all of these-Newport Beach is my favorite so far
Since vacation makes blogging hard to get to I will give you the highlights of running on this trail for 3 out of the 4 days. The 4th hasn't happened yet. Each day was filled with adventure.
The above trail goes for about 3 miles -so it was perfect for our 5 and 6 mile runs this week.
The first day we had no idea what was going on on this trail and it dead ended into a road that took you to a beach. Despite Coach Bob's not wanting to junk up our run-I reminded him Dr. Cohen said running needs to be fun and we went to a beach where there was no one else. I felt like I was on Lost
I loved running on the beach. I liked trying to not get caught by the waves with my fancy Asic shoes and I liked the diversion-Rob did not. I told him that beach running was double credit he said no.
Coming back on the trail we were passed by a hoppy boppy girls volley ball team who seemed to be laughing and giggling their southern California selves as they ran right past us.
We ran there a few more times and here are the highlights.
On Wednesday I saw Lance Armstrong running. He was nice -he said hello in both directions and yes it was definitely him. I have mad celebrity spotting skills from racing in Central Park all those years.
But the highlight of the run was the next day when a reptile snake crossed our path. Not just your suburban garden snake but a full on 4 foot rattle snake.
I was about three feet from him when we spotted him. I instantly froze -started shaking and walked the other way. As people started to come they all stopped-remained silent and let it cross the trail to the other side. This is how I know it was a big deal and not just me making a big deal for once.
I went in the other direction. I couldn't continue on that road. Why would there be snakes on a beach? Samuel L. Jackson what do you have to say about this?
I love it here. I love all the runners that are out and how beautiful Newport Beach is. I want to finish my marathon training here-it's Doctor's Orders really.
Today I have to run 14 miles. It includes Snake-Beach trail and a 2 mile uphill. I've never run that far. I'm scared.