Monday’s Illustrated Run

The view from the parking lot at 7:00 AM

Start here.

Looking south along the Strand from the one mile mark with the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the background..

My time at the turnaround: 1.75 Miles in 23 minutes.

Monday, August 29th, 2011.           I drive about a mile and a half down to the Redondo Beach Pier.  I park on Esplanade because there are no meters on Esplanade.  There’s offside street sweeping a couple days a week so I usually find a parking spot. I just have to get back to the car before 8:00 AM.

I walk down the parking lot to the pier and turn south on the bike path. Just to the right you can see the SUV with port-a-potties on a trailer. Beverly Hills 90210 was filming at the Pier for the past couple of weeks.  It looked like a beach concert scene.

The Marvin Braude Bike Trail is marked off every 1/4 mile, like this picture on the right.  The Pier is 1.75 miles from the starting point at Torrance Beach.  I start running here and head south toward Torrance Beach.

This is a point on the trail about one mile from the end, way down by the Palos Verdes Peninsula that you see in the distance. It looks like a long way, but it really isn’t.  It just feels like a long way for an overweight 55 year old guy with Poly-cystic Kidney Disease (PKD).

Twenty three minutes later I get to the end, seen here with my watch documenting my time.  I stretch and breathe.

Then I watch the surfers for a minute while I catch my breath.  Torrance beach is a popular surf spot in the South Bay.  My cell phone isn’t the

My final time at the end of my run 7:49 AM

best camera for distance shots like this.  In addition to surfers, I see pelicans, seagulls, and an occasional pod of dolphins.

I turn around here and head back to the pier.

I made it!

Here’s my watch with my final time, looks like 7:49 AM.

Here’s my victory grimace.  The beach grooming tractors are out and sun is up.  A great day.

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