Getting out of bed for my run on Saturday, I decided to take a run at Chula Vista Marina View Park. I’ve never run at this park and have only visited it one time since I have lived here in San Diego. I love my weekend runs because I can venture out of my area and can chose where I run. I’m not restricted by work and time although I had to keep this run short because I needed to be back home to watch my granddaughter J. I’d planned to run 7 or 8 miles/11 or 12 Km depending on the park route. The run turned out to be 7.52 miles/12.1 Km in 1:16:57 minutes with an avg pace of 10:14/mile. I’m not sure what was wrong Saturday, but I had to fight to get those times; it seemed like as soon as I got to the 3mile/4.8 km mark my body didn’t want to cooperate, I had to push though pain/cramping in my legs and ankles until I got to about the six mile mark and everything seemed to go back to normal. Not sure why that happened.
As it would turn out; it was not one park where I ran. I started in Chula Vista Marina View Park and spilled over in to Chula Vista Bayside Park (south and north) which is more or less separated by a marina. I didn’t know that it was two separate parks until I started running and notice a sign indicating I was entering Chula Vista Bayside Park. Running along the shoreline of the parks, it ended up being on 2.76 miles/4.4 km so I had to continue my run outside the park to the 4mile/6.4km point in order to achieve my minimum 7mile/11km goal. If you haven’t noticed, I don’t like running in circles and only backtrack if I have too.
Having arrived at the entrance of the park at around 7:30 am, I was greeted with a cluster of ducks foraging in the grass still moist from the morning dew. It was a beautiful morning, warm almost too warm by the time I would finish my run. I was a lone runner, other people in this park were ither walking, walking their dog or fishing off the pier. I started out at the entrance of the park and ran along the shore line. Just before the one mile mark. I ran past these sculptures of three metal inverted truncated cones titles ‘Konoids‘.
Just past these disk is a jetty that shoots out at the mouth of the marina I think to make a break water; I ran out to the end and snapped a picture of a gentleman rowing his Kayak out into the bay. Running on I travestied the marina and discovered a schooner called the ‘Bill of Rights’ moored in its berth. I’d never seen this ship before nor did I know a schooner of this type was moored there; it’s a beautiful ship; wish I could afford to ride her.
Heading north I came to the corner of the marina and turned left. This is when I noticed that I had switched from Chula Vista Marina View Park to Bayside Park (north); with the marina now on my left hand side I run into the park at the end of the marina. A little more than the 2 mile/3.2 Km, I found this sculpture of a Great Egret with a fish in its mouth titled ‘The Fisherman‘ and just a few feet from it was the entrance to the fishing pier. Running down the pier, I looked in the buckets to see if any had caught fish but saw none. Besides the 7 fisherman, the only thing to be had on the pier was masses of small flies that provided a wonderful massage on my face as I ran through them.
Continuing on along the shoreline again, I passed an area with pull-up bar, gymnastic rings and inclined/balance beam. I stored this location in my mind as I might find it useful in the future. Not far after I came across a man hosting a Piñata preparing for a party that would be held later that morning. Near the far end of the park at about the 2.5 mile mark, I found this art called ‘ Wind Oars ’ I guess they are interesting to watch when there is a good breeze coming off the water, not so much Saturday and there was little if any breeze so I was unable to see them in action.
I attained the 3 miles mark well outside the park while I ran past a small Marine Group shipyard that had a beautiful ship in their yard called the ‘Tamsen’ a 183′ Perini Navi Italian sailing yacht. Something I imagined Bill Gates or one of his executives would own. How I would love to travel port to port on a ship like that. Once I reached the 4 mile/6.4 km I turned back retraced my steps with a few ‘route modifications’ back to the spot where I started my run.