A Run Through: Santa Monica, CA

I rarely travel for work, maybe two or three trips a year. And usually to Dallas or Atlanta. But for this trip, I got to go to Los Angeles to start my focus group research. There was enough time before my flight to Dallas that I was able to get in a run. Here’s my recap of my exploits:

Tuesday started with a flight that was incredibly early. But you know the one good thing about an early flight? Sunrise!

Absolutely gorgeous!

Absolutely gorgeous!

It was amazing. I slept for the first leg but got to catch the sunrise towards the end. Absolutely brilliant. After one more flight, I touched down in LA and went right to work. At the hotel, I received good and bad news. The bad: they were sold out for the night. The good: they were upgrading me to the penthouse floor. Sweet!

I woke up for an early morning conference call, then headed down Santa Monica Boulevard to run on the beach. Massive photos incoming!

Santa Monica State Beach

Santa Monica State Beach

Yeah, I think this will do for a five mile run! Damn was it beautiful out: low 70s and sunny, very gentle breeze.

I could get used to this

I could get used to this

For those that don’t know, Santa Monica State Beach has both jogging/walking paths and a cycling path. At times, they intersect and are shared. I saw lots of runners, walkers, cyclists of all ilks, out enjoying the morning.

Fashion Shoot

Fashion Shoot

I came across some sort of fashion shoot. I was hoping Chrissy Tiegen was there, but alas she was not. Sad face.

Volleyball!

Volleyball!

There were also several groups playing/practicing volleyball. This one looked to be a womens team practicing with their coach.

The return

The return

When I had gone 2.5 miles, I turned around and headed back. I had the sun in my face and the gentle breeze. I was loving every sweaty minute of it! It felt sooo good!

Reppin' Memphis

Reppin’ Memphis

Of course I had to rep my Memphis shirt from Breakaway Running, my local running store. At the end, I finished up a lovely five miler at just under 9/mile pace. I was very tired but happy.

Step One

Step One

My recovery was in two parts. First part was swinging by Starbucks for a strawberry-banana smoothie. I love those things. I may have also had a slice of coffee cake. Definitely.

Step Two

Step Two

Part Two, after taking a shower and getting cleaned up, was swinging by In-n-Out Burger on my way to the airport. I absolutely love this place and go whenever I can. Evidence: while in San Francisco I walked four miles over the hill just to get a burger. In fact, I’m now in Dallas and I’ve gone to In-N-Out AGAIN already. Since we don’t have it back in Memphis, I take full advantage when I can.

So there you have it, my LA run. I can safely say that I understand why people want to live in LA now. Good food, great weather, etc. It was awesome.

Til next time!

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