Running

Location –

California beaches have the best of both worlds for running. The concrete beach path through Santa Monica has a split where Bikes are on one side and Pedestrians are on the other providing a solid surface to run on along the coast. Many people will also run the bike path through Venice Beach or up to Malibu from Santa Monica. There are other beach paths to run along in Los Angeles and Orange County. If you prefer an added challenge to the run, the soft white sands of the beach can build up strength and for a firmer surface to run on, you can head down to the water's edge and run along the miles of hard pack sand in the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica, and Manhattan Beach to name a few.

Starting Out -

Depending on your fitness base, you might want to start out by power walking or jogging first. If you already work out regularly you can start out by running at a pace that you feel comfortable in doing. As you get stronger, you can run a little longer distance at a better pace each time. Remember that it is not a race, it is you challenging yourself to set new goals to accomplish and live better for it. If you find that you can run 2 to 3 miles comfortably, then the next natural step to further challenge yourself is to start training for a 5K or a 10K event.

Training to Run a 5k or 10k –

Many experts recommend setting up a schedule to ensure that you are at peak endurance. Here is a sample training schedule:

Week 1:
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 1 mile run
Wednesday – Cross Train or Rest
Thursday – 1 mile run
Friday – Rest
Saturday 1.5 mile run
Sunday – 20-30 minute run or Cross Train

Week 2:
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 1.5 mile run
Wednesday – Cross Train or Rest
Thursday – 1.5 mile run
Friday – Rest
Saturday 1.75 mile run
Sunday – 20-30 minute run or Cross Train

Week 3:
Monday – Rest
Tuesday – 2 mile run
Wednesday – Cross Train or Rest
Thursday – 1.5 mile run
Friday – Rest
Saturday 2 mile run
Sunday – 20-30 minute run or Cross Train
Running on the beach

Over each week prior to the event, increase your distance by a 1/2 mile until you can comfortably run 3.1 (5K) or 6.2 miles (10K) and enjoy the event!

Cycling

How to Start -

Renting bicycles at the beach is a great place to start if you do not own a bicycle. Most beach path locations in California have places where you can rent bikes for 1 hour or all day. The Huntington Beach Bike path has several locations for Babes Cafe & Rentals where you can rent bikes as does the Santa Monica section of the beach bike path with Perrys which has rentals. Through the Venice section of the South Bay beach path, there are a few stand alone rental locations to pick up bikes for the day. If you already have a bike, you might want to pick up a bike rack and haul the bikes to the beach and start riding the path.

Cycling on the Path

Where to Go -

Once you have your rental bike, or if you brought your own, you can ride a short distance between Santa Monica to Venice which is only a few miles or you can keep going to Marina del Rey for a little more distance and then ride back. As mentioned earlier, there is a bike path in Orange County from Huntington Beach along the coast. There is also a path in San Diego called Bayshore Bikeway which runs along Silver Strand State Beach around San Diego Bay. Each time you go out to ride, try to ride a little longer distance to build up your strength and to condition your body to riding. The best part about riding the beach paths of California is the great temperatures and the views of the ocean and sand.