San Diego is renowned for its picture perfect white beaches and amazing weather. It’s also completely equipped to be a runner’s paradise. You don’t even need to be running on a beach to get the experience of coastal running. Because it’s really all about the view.
Mission Bay Park
It’s not far from downtown San Diego. But suddenly you’re surrounded by just under 30 miles of shoreline to adventure into. It’s 12 miles to get around the whole Bay, with stunning views, sections along Mission Beach and more than just a few other running alternatives.
Running by La Jolla will be a tough running experience — it won’t all be up against the sand, but at points your legs will have to wage war against it and there will only be one winner. If you can manage it through you’ll have yourself an amazing leg workout as you run north towards the Torrey Pines State Reserve.
This time you’re not on the beach. But it’s pretty magnificent — especially (as the name suggests) at sunset. Heading along the cliff line, you’ll really see views to remember. Even if you think you’ve seen it a million times before, there can be nothing like the release of running endorphins to truly make you appreciate it. You can make your run longer by directing yourself to Mission Bay or doing an extra mile along Ocean Beach.
Trail rather than beach runs, these trails also offer beautiful views over the Torrey Pines unspoiled beaches, the seabirds’ lagoon and vast views of the ocean. It’s pretty exposed to the elements (and it can definitely be hot), so a sunset run could get you the best of both worlds — you’ll avoid the heat and get the picture perfect shot of the sea.