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April 23 – April 29, 2012 Weekly Recap

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Weekly Totals:
Miles: 72.37
Elevation Gain: 8,625 ft.
Elevation Loss: 9,264 ft.
Time: 16:33:07 h:m:s

4/24 – Mt. Lukens: 11.67 miles, 2,872 ft.
4/24 – Rose Bowl – 7 Hills: 7.97 miles, 605 ft.
4/25 – Millard Camp Loop: 9.73 miles, 1,775 ft.
4/26 – Griffith Park: 10.01 miles, 1,730 ft.
4/28 – Monterey To Pebble Beach: 20.01 miles, 896 ft.
4/28 – Pacific Grove: 3.6 miles, 176 ft.
4/29 – Monterey To Carmel, CA: 9.27 miles, 570 ft.

My last full week of running in California was capped off with a weekend in Monterey with my family to support my sister running the Big Sur Marathon (she had a great time and finished well below the cutoff). I think the best way to discover the true beauty of any place is to run and be conscious of the environment we’re in.

My Saturday long run took longer than it should have because I was constantly stopping to look at the gorgeous views. It was one of the most serene runs I’ve ever been on. The sound of crashing waves, ocean mist, cool breeze, and did I mention the views?

Pacific Grove sunrise.

I ran the 17 Mile route through the Pebble Beach property. Once you get past the golf course there is the Dole Forest that is home to the oldest Monterey Cyprus in the world. There’s actually miles of trails within the property that can be connected to get from one end of the park to the other side.

At the turnaround point of my run is the iconic Lone Pine. It’s one of those places that you have to be in to understand the true beauty of the place. Pictures can’t do the area any justice. If only homes weren’t in the way of potential trail routes.

We were lucky enough to find a vacation rental that was across the street from Asilomar State Beach so the end of my run looked like this:

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