Day 5: Scottsdale to Coronado

This was a hard fought state.

This was a hard fought state.

There aren’t many times in your life when you actually think that death is imminent. Without being dramatic, I can say that yesterday was the most frightening near-death experience that I’ve ever had. As Suzanne and I were walking on the beach this morning, we both admitted that we didn’t think we were going to make it. When we left Phoenix yesterday, our AC quit as we headed into a 5 hour trek across the desert to San Diego. It was 113 degrees and under unyielding sun. Even though we stopped every hour and bought 30 pounds of ice over the trip to keep our cores cooled, we were dangerously hot by Yuma, Arizona. Unfortunately they couldn’t fix the AC, so after a short break, we pressed on to San Diego. Needless to say, I didn’t run when we got to San Diego yesterday. We’re working on rehydrating today, however, and feeling much better in the temperate Coronado climate.

Two days of rest did wonders for my running, however! I headed out on the Silver Strand bike path this morning and did the fastest, most effortless run I’ve had since before Philly. After a warm up (and mix up that landed me at the gate of the North Naval Base) to shake off yesterday’s horrific trip, I started clicking off 7:20s like it was a jog. It gives me incredible hope that once I taper, I’m going to feel amazing.

The best kind of ice baths are the kinds with tides!

The best kind of ice baths are the kinds with tides!

I’m so excited to be settled for a few days now and to get back to my regular schedule of running. There’s a track a few blocks from my sister’s new house, a million miles of bike path and of course, all of San Diego to explore. I’m also hoping to rent an Elliptigo while I’m out here. No word on whether I’ll get to roll along with Meb, however…

5 thoughts on “Day 5: Scottsdale to Coronado

  1. Ryan

    Based on this post it sounds like there won’t be any Death Valley marathons in your future. Were you driving with bags of ice sitting on you?

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      1. Ryan

        Dry fit running clothes probably came in handy that day. The hottest drive I’ve ever done was from Washington DC to Ocean CIty MD in roughly 100 degree weather with Friday summer traffic. I refused to let my wife (fiance at the time) put on the AC because I felt that would lower the gas mileage too much. 12 years later that drive is still a source of contention.

        I immediately thought of you when I read this story: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/11296754/nike-official-emails-florida-state-seminoles-armour-sweatshirt-worn-jimbo-fisher-son
        Seems like Nike is pushy in all sports.

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