WIRW: Mission Bay

This week’s edition of WIRW (Where I’ve Run Wednesday) showcasing Mission Bay here in San Diego is going to be a lot more picture heavy.

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It’s been a while since Sean & I have gone down to Mission Bay for a run, but it is one of my favorite spots.

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Why?  Well there is a nice wide sidewalk to run on next to the beach.

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Or you could always run on the beach ;).

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There are always others out running, walking or biking.  We even saw the Ragnar SoCal finish here last year – this year I think they finish on Coronado.

We typically go out for a 10k, but you can go all the way around the Bay for a longer run.

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There are water fountains & bathrooms around the route if needed.

The main reason I love coming to Mission Bay though? Is the views.  They are really amazing.

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As you can see we typically come at Sunset and it never disappoints.  If you come late enough, you can sometimes see the fireworks from SeaWorld too, which is pretty cool.

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Want to share where you run? Next week I’ll be starting a link-up and you too can share your favorite spots to run.

WIRW: Los Penasquitos Canyon

It’s time for another edition of Where I’ve Run Wednesday and today takes us to some amazing trails near La Jolla that once it’s spring/summer I spend a lot of time at.

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It’s been a while since Sean & I have run at Los Penasquitos, but we spent a lot of time out there last spring & summer.  We done as many as 18 miles out there but our normal runs are either what we’ve called the Seal Run, which is really called Wagon Wheel which is about 3.5 miles or we will run to the waterfall, which is about 7 miles.

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These trails are very popular with runners and mountain bikers, there are a lot of hills that you can add on for hill training and extra mileage.

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The trails are pretty well kept, the entrances sometimes get over-run with weeds but for the most part it’s not too bad.  The last time we were there, the bridge to go across for the wagon wheel loop was out due to all the rain.  The water there was semi deep and it wasn’t worth getting our shoes wet to go through.  I’m hoping they will fix this soon though.

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Now with Daylight Savings in effect, I’m looking forward to getting out to these trails more often.

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Where I’ve Run Wednesday: Cowles Mountain

The first time Sean took me to Cowles Mountain was on Labor Day 2014.  We had just run the 6 mile out and back at Lake Murray and then climbed up so we could see the city.

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Since then we’ve gone to Cowles Mountain quite a few times, it’s a moderately challenging climb up and then a nice run down. The whole up and down is about 2.75 miles – I’ve done it 3x in a row and it’s definitely a work-out.

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Cowles is a popular spot in San Diego for all levels.  It can get very warm though so definitely make sure to bring water and if you bring a dog, definitely have water for them.  There are signs as you start the hike talking about how hot it can get and being safe.

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At the bottom there are restrooms, a water fountain and a soda machine.  Parking can be tricky since it is so busy – most  of the time the small lot is full which means parking on the street.  If you park on the street make sure to cramp your wheels in the proper direction or you will get a ticket.  There are signs everywhere and I’ve seen cars with tickets on the windshield.

The views are the reason why everyone visits Cowles, in my opinon :).F8AD4061-0536-4524-B6B8-48921C3C4772

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Where I’ve Run Wednesday: Mount Woodson Trail

It’s time for the 2nd edition of my Where I’ve Run Wednesday series and this month I’m going to continue on with some of our favorite spots here in San Diego.  Today I’m talking about Mount Woodson Trail at Lake Poway.

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On Christmas Eve, Sean & I were looking for some new trails to run and we decided to head over to Lake Poway and head up Mount Woodson Trail to Potato Chip Rock.

Be prepared to pay a $5 entry fee to get in. We got an early Christmas gift on Christmas Eve because there was no one at the gate, but the next time we went they did charge us $5. We asked and you can pay with credit card if you don’t have cash.

The trail starts out nice and relatively level with some small uphils and nice downhill before you make a turn to head up the Mount Woodson Trail. And here is where you start heading up, according to my Garmin there is about 1,300 ft of climbing in mile 2 – 3. While Sean can run up the whole thing, I typically hike up this area because I’m huffing & puffing a lot.

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There are a lot of really cool huge boulders that you will pass and some of the areas are a bit narrow. Once you get to the top, you’ll see Potato Chip Rock. I have to say, I was expecting something a bit different the first time I went up. I really thought it was going to be a lot bigger.

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On Christmas Eve, there were only a few people waiting to take photos so we didn’t have to wait long to get our photos taken. I started up and then got a bit nervous to jump over to the rock but I eventually made it and Sean got a few cool photos. The sky was kind of ominous but was pretty.

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Side note: The second time we went up, it was a Saturday and we got up only to see a long line of people waiting for their photo op. I’d estimate it was at least an hour wait if not longer and it was already after 3:00pm and the park closed at 5pm so definitely allow enough time to get down if you are going for a photo.

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The way down was amazing though, after running through the boulders and by a lone tree, there is an amazing view of Lake Poway as you fly down the trail. This is where Sean took one of my all time favorite photos.

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About 45 minutes from downtown San Diego, Mount Woodson Trail is a must see. Just make sure to bring lots of water as it can get really hot and dry.