I have lived in the Bay Area for 7 years now and for some reason had never ventured over to the coastal town of Half Moon Bay until today. I had always wanted to go, but never really had a reason, so when Alyssa told me she was going to meet Alisyn to run there I jumped on the chance.
The Coastside Running Club was leading a run put on through the Half Moon Bay Marathon which is a new race for this year (which I regretfully did not sign up for and is already sold out). The run would run on part of the marathon course and although Alyssa and I aren’t signed up for that race, it was a great opportunity to meet new runners and run in a new place with some guidance.
This morning I picked Alyssa up in SF and headed down to Half Moon Bay! We made it there early, met up with Alisyn and found the group soon after. The run was being lead by some awesome local runners who know so much about their little nook of the bay (it was seriously like having a guided tour!) and were very experienced runners themselves. I had so much fun talking to everyone – the leaders, new runners and my friends of course.
Since Alyssa and I are still recovering from SFM, we didn’t have any strict plans but I really hoped to get double digits in today. We started off along the beautiful coast and although the views were amazing, we still both felt pretty tired. We said we would go to 5 miles but by the time 5 hit I was feeling so much better. We continued on until we hit 6 and then turned around with Alisyn and a local runner Amanda. We got to run on some narrow dirt trails as well as paved trails, all along the ocean and it was just beautiful.
After a rough week of tired running this was exactly what I needed. Some new scenery, awesome friends – old and new, and ocean air… can’t ask for much more than that.
Alyssa and I stopped at 12, while Alisyn continued on to rock her run, and we enjoyed some beers and yummy food at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
It was such a fun day and once again I sit here with a huge smile on my face feeling so blessed to have such beautiful places to run and such amazing friends to run with.
12.1 miles/1:48:52/9:01 avg pace