Running a ½ Marathon – An Optimist’s Guide for the Impatient and Ill-Prepared, Part III

April 13th, 2007

Training runs can take place in a variety of locations. Softer terrain is better than concrete, clean air is a priority, and safety is crucial.

I recommend going for a run along the Venice Boardwalk – a thickly populated pedestrian walkway – in the late afternoon on a weekend. Between the kids and dogs, your five-mile-run will have you zigging and zagging into seven, even eight miles. Rage at inconsiderate pedestrians who have forgotten that there are other human beings in the world besides themselves will elevate your heart rate even further (bonus!). All the glorious salt air will be mixed with liberal doses of incense, cigarette smoke, burning sage, pizza, henna fumes, plus sweat, hair oil and suntan lotion rolling up from Muscle Beach.

They may not be the healthiest conditions, but I guarantee you will never be bored!

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