Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Do I Really Live Here?

As soon as my clock read 5:00 yesterday, I jumped up from my desk and bolted from my cubicle to meet Ang for a run.  She works up near Torrey Pines, which most of you know is my favorite place in all of San Diego.  I was feeling kind of hungry and crabby and wasn't sure I'd have a good run but I sucked it up because we were on a time crunch.  We had tickets to see Death Cab for Cutie at 8:00. 

I threw on my super cool T7s and we we hit the trails.   

Remember this 'Rave Run' in
Runner's World awhile back??

That would be Torrey Pines... where we are lucky enough to run.

Another RW photo

Although I started my run crabby and hungry and slightly dehydrated, all of those things seemed to dissipate as soon as we reached the trails.  The trail felt so soft beneath my feet as we wound left and right, making this run anything but boring.  The ocean came into view, and as always, I was astonished by its beauty.  It never gets old.  I still smile every time I see it.  I lived for so long without it and now I wonder how I did!

It's easy to forget how far I've come.  Running has taken on a whole new meaning since moving to San Diego.  In Chicago I ran in one of two places: the lakefront path or the treadmill.  The lakefront path was nice enough, but in the winter it was brutally cold and in the summer I had to maneuver through the thousands of Chicago runners. 

Now, the possibilities are endless.  I can run along the ocean, the bay, the harbor, in the canyon, through my neighborhood trails, Balboa Park, and the list goes on. I am living the runner's dream!  Yes, I just purchased a treadmill, but I will never stop savoring San Diego and its bountiful beauty. 

I created a short list of some of my favorite places to run.

5 Fabulous Places to Run in San Diego:

#1: Torrey Pines
I've already expressed my love for these trails numerous times.
Picture perfect, soft surface, winding trails. 

#2: Highway 101 through Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar
This route is popular among cyclists as well as those training for races and walks.

#3: Balboa Park Trails
There are numerous trails running alongside Balboa Park in all directions.  Some paths are shaded with enormous trees while others (like the one pictured above) are open to sunlight with well manicured gardens.
Photo Credit: Stephane D'Alu 

#4: Los Penaquitos Canyon Preserve
A 6 mile trail one-direction where you'll pass horses, mountain bikers and fellow runners.  Challenging but incredibly peaceful and quiet.

#5: Mission Bay & Mission Beach
I only recommend this to people that can handle crowds.  The bay side is calmer and less crowded, however, the ocean side of this path is full of beach goers.  It's great for people-watching with clear ocean views.  It's also ideal for an evening run to watch the sunset.


  1. AHhhhh I need pretty places to run!!! Rochester isn't very well-equipped. Not gnna lie. Mwahhh!

  2. This post makes me want to move here!

  3. Good for you!! (and, I mean that in the most sincere way!) Glad your bad luck streak is behind you.

    I never thought any city could come close to my love for Chicago, but I agree with you, San Diego sure does! The natural beauty there is breathtaking. I can't wait to book our yearly spring trip :)

  4. Wow what a beautiful place! I am so jealous. I don't have that many options here. Adopt me?

  5. Thanks, Kate! Your posts always make me homesick... in a good way. :)

    LOVE the photos.
    Thank you for putting a little San Diego sunshine in my day!

  6. That does it. I'm moving to SD.

  7. I've been following your blog for quite a while's even bookmarked on my phone :) I had to comment today because my hubbs and I will eventually (when we finish our crazy full time RV trip) be moving to San Diego! It made my heart so happy to see all the beautiful places I'll get to explore! Thanks for making my night!

  8. It's like you were reading my mind! I'm heading to the SD/Chula Vista area next month and need to find somewhere to get in a good 12 mile run. The couple I am staying with isn't into running so they won't be much help. I'm going to look into a few of the places you listed!

  9. I so want to move to San Diego!
    Do you know Vanessa from She is a beautiful person inside and out and I think you should meet her. She just moved to SD from Cananda. Very cool chic!

  10. Hello!!

    I used to live in Chicago too, but I moved back to Michigan three years ago and the running options here, like San Diego, are SO MUCH BETTER (perhaps not quite as pretty though). I would get so tired of the lakefront path every single day, with the only variety being whether I ran north first or south. I make it back to Chicago 3-4 times a year and the lakefront path is always a treat then, but it's so nice not to be stuck there anymore.

  11. ahhh all these places look amazing! you sure are a lucky gal : ) i wish i'd gotten more into running while i was living in santa barbara...i would give a lot to be so close to the beach again!

    p.s. wasn't death cab amazing? they're one of my faves and incredible live!

  12. Perfect post Kate - all 5 are on my list for November!! You are star! I think I'm in love with San Diego already...

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