I’ve been in California for the last four days at a conference and in between work obligations I’ve had a lot of time to think about running. The conference was a blast and while I’m energized and ready to get back to work, some of the inspiration and information I gathered can be applied to your running goals as well.
I hope you enjoy my thoughts on running in San Diego in part 2, which will be ready in the next day or two, but for now, I wanted to share one of the highlights of my trip. On Saturday morning I ran with my aunt Becky’s running group along the coast in Carlsbad. I was kind of bummed when one of the members of the running group told me that the Carlsbad 5000 was being run the next day because it sounded like a fun race, but it would have been impossible to get to the start of the conference I was in town for if I had run it.
As sort of a consolation, we headed over to the outdoor expo after our run and much to my chagrin, the Junior Carlsbad was taking place. Most marathons and half marathons have some variation of a kids fun run the day prior to the “main” race and this was Carlsbad’s answer to that. While I’ve never really watched the kids’ race of any race I’ve been a part of, I now highly recommend doing so. The purity and excitement of kids running is contagious.
How can you not look at the picture below and not want to go all out running for as long as you can?