Last Sunday I ran 7 miles along the Monterey Coastal Trail. I drove down to Lover’s Point and started my run there. I turned around a little past Fisherman’s Wharf. I’m just getting back into the longer distances so I wanted to run a flat course.
I had actually planned on doing 6 miles but I stopped so many times to take pictures! I also stopped at the bathroom. It didn’t feel like a serious run so I thought doing an extra mile would make me feel better. It did.
This morning (Sunday) I did a loop from my house. Since that inevitably involves hills, I mapped out a 6 mile loop and then an optional 1 mile loop if I was feeling peppy enough.
I ran to the forest end of Bird Rock Road and continued until it hit the ocean.
One of several golf course… um spots. Not sure what they are called. Wish I could afford to pay the $500 for a round of golf at one of the PB courses. What an amazing gift for Shane that would be!
The first peek at the ocean.
The view at the end of Bird Rock Road.
The pictures I took of Bird Rock with the sea lions, harbor seals, pelicans and other birds came out terribly! This panorama is no different. But there it is.
This was right before Spanish Bay. I loved this view because there is ocean, beach, forest, mountain (big hill actually), sky and fog.
So, I had planned to drink some water at Bird Rock, but forgot. So I was feeling really tired around mile 5. Then I remembered I had a Salty Caramel Gu!! And just in time for the hill back home. That’s the road on the left there.
After the Gu, I felt peppy enough to do the extra mile. Total time was 01:11:37. But that did include several stops to take pictures and an 8 minute potty/sightseeing break at Bird Rock.
I’m feeling a little torn on whether I should keep going and not take breaks or if I should stop when I feel like it to enjoy the views. I guess for now I will keep stopping to take pictures and maybe eventually it’ll get old and I won’t feel compelled to. But then again, with the weather, the same spot often looks different.
How did your long run go?
Do you stop and take breaks on your runs?