Running in So-Cal: Santa Barbara

The final segment of our trip to So-Cal!!

From the Queen Mary, we headed north, past LA to Santa Barbara. The Husband and I came here on our honeymoon and we rather loved it – the epitome of what people think of when they think of California. Sun, beaches, beautiful people, palm trees…oh it’s lovely.

Ocean and mountains. Perfect, eh?

I was up in the morning and keen to run and to redeem myself after a lacklustre run yesterday. And that’s what I did. Our hotel was almost exactly three miles from the beach, so I ran to the beach and back. Unfortunately it was three miles downhill to the beach and then three miles uphill. I quite enjoyed it actually – a nice warm up and then a decent workout on the way back. I ran 6 miles in 54-something and felt really good. Yesterday’s sluggishness had gone and today I felt much happier and much better.

Good morning Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is beautiful – elegant and classy, some fantastic shops to run past. And also some fabulous mountains in the background as I ran home and you know how I feel about mountains. But also a massive gathering of homeless people, just like Venice Beach. Looks like So-Cal homeless like to hang around with the wealthy. It was interesting.

Spanish style architecture…and those gorgeous mountains
Going to be a lovely day…

From Santa Barbara, we headed home, to the ginger paws of my little cat. It was a great week, and it was SO nice to run new streets, but it’s nice to be home.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. It always seems crazy to see palm trees and mountains in one glance.

    1. Cathryn says:

      I know…but they look good together, don’t they.

  2. XLMIC says:

    Santa Barbara really is LOVELY. So nice that you got a pleasant run in while you were there 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      I’d like to spend more time there…but the long drive puts me off 😉

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