What a stretch of miles this day was. Beautiful scenery and great little streets to run through. And we weren’t even out of LA! As we left Redondo Beach, our course took us along Manhattan Beach, Playa Del Rey beneath LAX, through Marina Del Rey and Venice, continuing on through Santa Monica’s arts district and the 3rd street promenade, and finally ending at Pepperdine University in Malibu. We were so ready for a rest day, and the areas we traveled through provided a lot of diversity and great areas to run at. That day also, we filmed a day in the life of Paul and Zac, which we will be posting soon to show everyone what a day looks like for two traveling homeless runners.
Going through Santa Monica was the most fun part of the day for me. I had spent last summer in Santa Monica on a summer project with Campus Crusade for Christ. So the area was special to me. We ran through streets and past buildings and areas that I had once ran by and lived near. We took a lunch break at the 3rd street promenade and made some PB & J while sitting near one of the many fountains. There was a farmers market going on there also, which is always fun to enjoy and be near. The market brought so many people from the area there that day. We had a few hellos, but we were tired to say the least from the running that morning and I can imagine we didn’t look to friendly to talk to or approach. Sitting in silence as we both enjoyed our much needed lunch, a man approached us. I had seen him earlier talking to a street performer about something, and he looked very excited and happy in that moment of conversation. As he came near, it seemed that we may get into a conversation with him. After we all exchanged hellos, the next thing he said was “So I’m assuming you two are partners?” After we laughed and said no, telling him what we were doing he responded with “Oh, I guess that’s another oops moment”. This conversation was confusing to say the least, after he left us shortly after that.
When we got into Pepperdine that day, we were relieved to have gotten there safely and in one piece after braving a gnarly stretch of road in Playa Del Rey. What a day, a day of 7mph running, farmers markets, and misconceptions about me and Paul’s relationship. Crazy.