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Long Beach Fun: Running and birding on our (second) honeymoon in California!

Running on the beach!

Running on the beach!

Our second Honeymoon was spent on Long Beach (California, not Tofino!) in the fall, one of our favorite places.  Sun, beaches, and birds!

 

 

 

 

    Allen's hummingbird - a new one for us. They look a lot like the rufous hummingbird, which summers with us on Vancouver Island and then migrates down to Mexico for the winter. But these guys are restricted to just a small part of southern California. A treat to see!

Allen’s hummingbird – a new one for us. They look a lot like the rufous hummingbird, which summers with us on Vancouver Island and then migrates down to Mexico for the winter. But these guys are restricted to just a small part of southern California. A treat to see!

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Hiking the Inlet Trail in the November sun: Port Alberni the best place to live!

Jackie, Xhosa and I took advantage of our warm November sun to hike from China Creek along the Inlet Trail back to Ship Creek road parking lot in Port Alberni.  We packed a lunch, a thermos of hot coffee and set out for a leisurely 5.5 hour stroll along the sunny waterfront; a world-class gem!

Looking South.

Looking south, down the 60 km Alberni Inlet towards the ocean.

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Active rest days when training: Our favourite winter route, Port Alberni’s Somass Estuary Bird Sanctuary

J.V. Clyne bird sanctuary, Somass bird sanctuary, birding, Tsomass River, Somass Estuary, Port Alberni

When you are training as a runner, you still have to be conscious about taking rest days, and not injuring yourself or becoming exhausted through overtraining. If you are fairly new to running, then your rest day should probably be fully a rest day. But once you have built up your mileage and endurance, going for a walk or a hike makes a great day of active rest or recovery. Especially if you are training for a marathon or ultramarathon – time on your feet is important, and every extra hour helps! One of Dave’s and my favourite routes for an active recovery rest day is Read the rest of this entry »

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