Good evening from San Diego (SD)! Now I have been here for quite a few days and it is still as lovley as the first day. I started this Sunday with a coffee at Starbucks and a greek yoghurt parfait then I went for a wakeup run from my hotel downtown to Harbour island and back. When I was finished with my 10 kilometers the morning clouds were gone and I did not see any of them for the rest of the day. I chilled out a bit, took a shower and so before I went for todays activity.
Some hours later I had reallocated to the sandy and hot Pacific beach (PB) which was lovley. This city has really everything! Also yoghurt icecream that I ate for lunch. Since I was starving I was decorating it with everything red and pink that I could fit into the bowl so it was not that estetically looking. But who cares? ten minutes later most of it was in my tummy and I went back to the sandy beach.
And what a beach. A big like on that except that the water was to cold to swim in. When my icecream had settled in my tummy I took a long beachwalk from PB all the way down to Mission beach (MB), out at the pier and around the park. That was longer than I thought but also way nicer and since I have vacation I have an unlimited amount of time to spend on doing nothing!
/ Pernilla in SD
After I finished my halfmarathon and had relaxed in the sun a bit I headed further South to the boarder between US and Mexico. A place that I have seen in several movies and tv series that I wanted to see for real.
Of course I know it is not the “real” Mexico you see right beside the US boarder, but I was not interested to see the “real” Mexico beacuse I have already done that. It was very easy to get to the boardercrossing from US, just taking a trolley and then I was there in about an hour. On the way from Downtown SD to Tijuana the trolley passed by several mobile home parks and seeing these always makes me think one million of thoughts.
To walk over to Mexico was easy and without I know it I was there. At the other side. I was one of few non hispanic people but I never felt uncomfortable. After 1,5 hours of walking around and watching Mexico from as close to the US boarder you can get I had seen enough and reentered to the US. From my perspective it was worth going to TJ but I know many people would not feel comfortable there. But now I can say that I have walked to Mexico. And US.
/ Pernilla that has walked to Mexico
I finished the halfmarathon here in San Diego today on a new personal best time. Okey, I do not care that much about a PB as long as I finish the 21Ks faster than my accepted time of 1:55:00 but it is still a bit fun to run better than before even though I did not do my outmost. The route was like a dream and it is one of the top races I have been running in my whole life. The americans know how to arrange events. After the finishline we received nicely designed sailing boat designed medals and champagne. Just the way I like it! I will write a race report at my utochspring.com blog but not today and not tomorrow but I will let you know when it is finished.
/ Pernilla the SD runner
Tomorrow I will run a halfmarathon here in San Diego called Women’s running halfmarathon (which also males can run). I thought I was prepared for that until ten minutes ago when I checked out what time the start goes and it is 06:30 am! That is quite normal for races in the US but still I was not prepared for that so now I will go to bed soon and right now I wish that I got a bit jetlaged, but I am not so this will be a challenge for me as for all the american participants.
This morning I picked up the racebag and when I had the worlds yummiest smoothie for lunch at my favorite smoothie place, Nektar juicebar, in La Jolla I read the Women’s running magazine which was in the goodiebag. The magazine was much better than the US issue of Runnersworld because this magazine is not for running beginners the only downside was not that many pages in it. But now I will better get myself together and prepare for waking up early in the morning for taking a morning run which is not my favorite. In worst case I can walk around the route because the time limit for the halfmarathon is four hours.
/ Pernilla the halfmarathonrunner (?)
This place is awsome. Sun, sea, cliffs, a clear blue sky, nice people, nice climate, nice smoothies and nice everything. Today I have visited the beach town of La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya) and I wish I had a summerhouse there. The atmosphere felt like Boca but instaed of endless sandy beaches there are endless cliff beaches.
And sealions. Not my favorite animal in the world, but which is my favorite!?, but they are pretty fun to watch since they are so fat.
I do not feel the need to put any more words into describing this place because it is just stunning! Believe me, I am definitley not regretting my choice of place to do vacation at!
/ Pernilla in Cali
I said a few words to the American pilot when I boarded the plane yesterday and he said he were from Americas finest city, and I asked where that was and he replied San Diego so I expected it to be nice since both he and lots of other people have told me that this is a nice place. My first day here started with breakfast followed by a 10K run alongside the water. A perfect start of a vacation day.
A shower and some hours later I was on the first expedition for this trip. At Ocean beach. My first impression was so-so but it got better…
I needed some lunch and I was hungry for sushi. First I could not found a sushi place and then I found one that also looked soso from the outside. But since there was nothing better I picked it anyway. And the sushi. Wow. Definitley one of the top three I ever have had.
When my sushi plates and edamames was in my tummy I continued to explore Ocean Beach. The soso place became a cute beachcommunity where I wouldn’t mind having a vacation villa outlooking the ocean. I walked further South to the famous Sunset cliffs and Point Loma. These places were stunning beautiful and the trails there were perfect to walk on. I took lots and lots of pictures and now I know why the pilot called this city for Americas finest…
/ Pernilla in Cali
I arrived in San Diego last night at the hotel just before midnight after an 18 hour trip from door to door. Luckily it did not felt that long since I was not prepared for a long haul flight at all when I boarded the SAS A340 KBD plane at Kastrup. But the 9 and a half hour across the Atlantic went very fast and I slept most of it although I woke up several times since it was heavy turbulence all the way from outside the Norwegian coast until we reached Quebec.
When I came to Chicago I continued with American Airlines to San Diego and although it was fifteen(!) years since I were at the domestic American terminal at O’Hare the last time it looked the same. Gray skin chairs and all American. On this flight I did of course got a middle seat but I managed to sleep through the whole flight anyhow.
When I finally was in SD and had checked in to the hotel I slept a bit more but at 4 am I woke up and thought I was done sleeping but after an hour of internetchecking I feel to sleep again and woke up at eight to a clear blue sky!
Now I have had a big breakfast at Panera bread with their lovely hasslenut coffee, yoghurt and granola and a half blueberry bagel. So now I am ready to catch the day that starts with a sightseeing run!
/ Pernilla in California