Hit the Ground Running in 2018


Is one of your New Year’s resolutions becoming more active? The San Diego Area is the perfect place to get into a more active lifestyle, with trails and opportunities for outdoor excitement in abundance. Here are some possibilities for you.

Broken Hill Trail in La Jolla

Take 1-5 to La ]olla Village Drive west. Then take North Torrey Pines Road to the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Park in the northernmost area of the golf course. From the parking lot, head north on the sidewalk that parallels North Torrey Pines Road. Veer left at the fire road and look for the beginning of the trail. Be careful because the trail head is easy to miss.

Once on the trail, you’ll find yourself zigzagging your way through the Torrey Pines State Reserve. There are two trails, South Fork or North Fork. No matter which you take, you’ll end up headed for a steep but scenic area covered with chaparral and just a few trees, Broken Hill Trail. It is the longest of the six trails in the Torrey Pines State Reserve. The trail itself is 1.3 miles via the South Fork but you can turn it into a thirteen mile hike by walking along the beach to the Del Mar lifeguard station and then back up the cliff. Be careful. This route is quite rocky and you should watch your footing and slow down on your way to the beach.

Jewel Trail in La Jolla

Located in downtown La Jolla along Coast Boulevard: Drive into La Jolla from Torrey Pines Road and then turn right on Prospect Street. Veer right down to Coast Boulevard and park where you can to find La Jolla Jewel Trail.

Jewel Trail in La Jolla follows the perimeter of the western side of La Jolla. From La Jolla Cove at the downtown La Jolla (the north end) the trail travels all the way down to Bird Rock. It routes down Coast Boulevard, giving you stunning views of the Pacific Ocean’s La Jolla coastline and continues south through a residential area until reaching Bird Rock. The trail is 3.2 scenic miles long but be aware of tourists and cars and not that the trail is one way and doesn’t loop back.

Fiesta Island Run

Exit the 5 freeway at Sea World Drive and then enter Fiesta Island by taking a right onto Fiesta Island Road. Park anytime along the side of the road and run counterclockwise around the loop until you get back to your car.

The road surrounding Fiesta Island Run is a loop around the island four and a half miles long. (You could choose a smaller route because the road is intersected at one point.) This is located in Mission Bay, and the Mission Bay Area is famous for its jet skiing and windsurfing so you’re sure to see some activity. You can only run in a counter-clockwise direction on this road.

Cabrillo National Monument Run in Point Loma

Take I-5 south and exit at Rosecrans and stay straight to Talbot Street, then west to Catalina Boulevard south. Catalina Boulevard becomes Cabrillo Memorial Drive and goes directly to the National Monument Park, where there is plenty of parking. Go north on Cabrillo Memorial Drive past the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. (The view of Coronado and Downtown San Diego makes the ride incredible.) Turn right on Talbot Street and take it to Shelter Island, where the road becomes Catalina Boulevard.

Begin wherever you’d like along this run but remember it’s not a loop but a twelve mile straight shot. The south to-north loop is the real gem on this route. Run along the harbor (on the sidewalk or grassy areas) until you get to Harbor Island. There, a longer loop runs west-to-east. Continue on the harbor side walkway along the water to Seaport Village, San Diego. The views on this run are really breathtaking.

“Marilyn’s Run” on Coronado

Take 1-5 South to the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge and then across to Coronado. Take Orange Avenue through downtown past the Hotel del Coronado and park in the free public lot at the Coronado Shores, the famous high-rise condos.

This route is named after superstar Marilyn Monroe even though she wasn’t a runner. She loved Coronado, though, enjoying it while filming “Some Like It Hot” in 1958 at the Hotel Del Coronado.  In a lot of ways, Coronado is one big running trail. The two most popular trails start in the hotel area and head south. Looking for a beach run? Run the seven mile trot over the glistening sands of Silver Strand State Beach to Imperial Beach. Careful of a tide-weathered slope for about a half-mile south of the Shores. Would you rather run on asphalt? Start at the Coronado Yacht Club along Highway 75 (Silver Strand Boulevard.) You can run the asphalt bike path and you’re likely to find joggers there at any time of the day or night. This run is also a seven mile trek, one way.

San Elijo Lagoon Run

Take 1-5 to Manchester Avenue West. Then take Coast Highway south. Park along the road at the north end of Cardiff State Beach.

You’ll want to start on the coast in Encinitas. Run south, cross at the light, and then have a whole lot of fun when you reach the swamp area. This is undeveloped and has intertwining hiking and equestrian trails. The trails go all through the swamp-like area surrounding San Elijo Lagoon.


5 Exercises to Remain in Shape during the Summer Months


The time for sliding into those bikinis and getting one’s tan on is nearly upon us. Maybe you put on a few pounds over the winter months and want to look slim and trim as summer approaches. According to the US Census Bureau, over 60 million people visit a beach in the US each year. While the majority involve themselves in leisure activities, there’s certainly no reason why one can’t exercise and still enjoy the sun and fun beaches have to offer. Let’s take a look at 5 easy exercises to remain fit during the summer months.

  • Jogging on the beach. Jogging is actually a comprehensive workout. There’s no need to be an Olympic racer, however. Even a slow pace of 30 minutes along the shore can prepare you for additional exercises for those who seek to tone their muscles. While running in the sand is beneficial, it is preferable to run on flat, wet sand whenever possible. This reduces the possibility of injury, especially for newbies. If you are a newbie, avid overdoing it and build up your stamina.
  • How about some pushups? Sure, you can do pushups anywhere, but doing this simple exercise on the beach is much more pleasurable. Start in the plank position with your arms fully extended (no cheating!). Then slowly but surely lower your body down until your face is practically touching the sand. Use your strength to push yourself back up to the prone position. Again, don’t overdo it. When you feel tired it’s time for a break. The benefits are many and include building core body strength, toning muscles, improving cardio, and burning calories.
  • Sand Lunges. Lunges? That doesn’t mean reaching for the grub the next vendor is selling on the beach. If you’re looking to tone your glutes, hamstrings, calves and core muscles, this is an ideal exercise to perform on the beach and you’ll look good while doing so. Simply lunge forward with your leg and then lunge forward with the other leg in an endless motion while moving forward. On a crowded beach you’ll want to be sure you have room to perform this exercise. Go ahead and perform multiple sets of this exercise until your feel your legs getting tired and then give yourself a break. As with any exercise, be wise and don’t overdo yourself.
  • Burpees. Not Slurpee’s! To perform this exercise, squat down and place your hands on the sand in front of you. Never mind the mess, you can rinse off afterwards. Now, straighten out your legs behind you and perform a pushup. Once you do the pushup, quickly pull your legs back toward your body into a squatting position and then jump up as high as you possibly can I a nonstop motion. Repeat this exercise as necessary. Burpees are definitely a full body beach workout and you will observe amazing results as the summer progresses.
  • Running in water. Unlike jogging, running in shallow water adds extra resistance consequently making you work somewhat harder. The deeper the water, the more difficult it will obviously be. Runners should wear the appropriate footwear to avoid hazards such as broken glass, sharp shells and other sea debris. The benefits do outweigh the hazards providing you are careful.

Lounging on the beach is all good. Enjoying the fresh sea breeze, sunshine and interaction with others is good for one’s health. However, neglecting proper exercise may be avoided by simply completing the above exercises. Avoiding overdoing any exercise is paramount, especially in the heat of the day. Be wise, drink plenty of fluids and get that body in shape to show off for the summer!

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