The last couple of days have been so amazing and special – I feel like the photos and words truly don’t do the trip any justice. The photo shoot aspect was incredible but even more so was the opportunity to meet and get to know some of the other girls participating in the 2015 Saucony 26 Strong Campaign.
I landed in San Diego late Monday morning and after making my way to the hotel in La Jolla (Estancia La Jolla), went for a short 5 mile recovery/shakeout run in the area. There was NOTHING easy or flat about this run but it was incredibly gorgeous – and the type of run where you just want to keep running.
After a shower and freshening up, I met up with Ruth, who had just landed, and we made our way to dinner to meet the other girls as well as Erin and Allison (reps from Competitor) and Nils (our amazing photographer). The food was delicious -but even more amazing was how fast we all just clicked – by the end of dinner, it felt like we were old friends getting together for a girls weekend.
Since I was still on NY time, I got up early on Tuesday for a run before getting our hair and makeup done for the day’s photo shoot.
We spent the morning at Balboa Park taking a ton of photos – group, team and individual shots.
Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. (Source)
After a delicious lunch at The Prado (a local restaurant), we went back to the hotel to freshen up and then hit the trails and track! The trails were behind UC San Diego – and were absolutely breathtaking!
Marina (Angela’s cadet) and I spent some time on the track doing 100m repeats. I loved being back on the track – and it makes me anxious to get back on the track this summer with my local running club.
We had dinner at a restaurant in the hotel and stayed up drinking and having dessert until well after 10pm (1am NY time so I was done!).
Ruth and I started getting hair and makeup done at 6am on Wednesday. We were split into two groups Wednesday AM to allow the girls with early flights home time to pack up and head to airport.
We went to this closed road off of I-5 that had a gorgeous backdrop of mountains. It was a cloudy day which worked really well with the feel of the shoot. More individual and team shots – running and stationery – for a couple of hours.
We hung around to wait for the 2nd group to arrive before taking a few photos and saying goodbye.
On our way back to the hotel, we stopped off at Torrey Pines Beach to walk on the beach and put our feet in the Pacific Ocean.
Ruth and I said our goodbyes at the hotel – she was off to the airport and I was off for a 12 mile running adventure in Torrey Pines Park. I loved being back on the trails, doing some serious climbing and seeing the gorgeous scenery. It’s even making me rethink the rest of my race calendar for 2015 – more to follow on that. =)
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