[7.32miles/ 11.78Km in 1:13:10 minutes at an avg. pace of 9:59/mile]
I was up at Long Beach and decided that I would run along the shore line a place called Shoreline Village; I tourist trap of sort but one that had a nice view of the surrounding bay and the RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean.
It was sort of an chaotic run because I really had no idea which way to run; last time I was here I was a kid and hardly remember it, so I ending up running back over places I had already run because I didn’t know what I was doing.
I started my run almost a mile out from the shore; running down in a business district. As it made my way to the shore line I would pass the Long Beach Performing Arts Center and then the Long Beach Convention Center.
Once past the convention center I found a small park called Rainbow Lagoon that had a Gondola floating in it, once I got close I noted it was used for advertising more than anything else; kind of a bummer. I found out later that Rainbow Lagoon was at one time part of the ocean, the area was landfilled to build huge complex of waterfront piers, theaters, swimming pools and an amusement park in the early 1900’s
Crossing a main street just at the part I entered Shoreline Village, it looked much the same way it did in the 70’s when I first visited it with my Dad on one of the many ‘wandering’ journeys we would have. Running down its boardwalk I would eventually work my way out to Rainbow Harbor and Rainbow Marina one of the first things you notice is the Lighthouse sitting predominantly on a hill, I was able to run up the spiral path to the lighthouse and I have to tell you I don’t think this is a real lighthouse! It looks more like something that was put there to add to the ambiance of the area.
No matter in what direction you ran the one thing always in view was the RMS Queen Mary as I ran and looked at her I couldn’t help but think she looked tired and old; her hull didn’t hold the same black boldness and grandeur it did when I was a kid, it was dirty and faded. He proprietors obviously lacking in the maintenance routines a ship should have. Severing not only as a luxury liner, she served as a troop carrier during world war two. I’ve never been aboard the RMS Queen Mary I should tour her with my wife; yet another thing to add to my bucket list.
When I stopped to take a quick picture of the RMS Queen Mary I did so by running out on to one of the three or four small piers that protrudes out into the bay. I was greeted by a young boy who was maybe 8 or 9 who without pause started demanding that is get off the pier saying “HAY YOU GET OUT OF HERE!!!!, I Said GET OUT OF HERE!” the mother of this child seemed to have no problem with her child’s lack of respect. So in breaking with my routine of taking pictures fast to avoid dropping my heart rate I just stood there and took in the view, once done I turned; looked at the mother with disdain and continued my run.
Between the 6th and 7th mile I decided to cross the main road on the pedestrian overpass that connects the convention center to Pine Ave Pier/Shoreline Village. To get up to the overpass I would need to run up a large circular staircase; it was looked more intimating than it really was but did have my legs burning by the time I made it up them.
There were many things to see on this run; a Riverboat boat, the Long Beach Naval Memorial, a Farris wheel, a Schooner and other interesting sights. Enjoy the pictures;