Mountains, running, outdoors, dogs, travel, and California.
Today I got a once in a lifetime whale show. I had the morning to spend in Monterey and had heard there were recent orca sightings (pretty unusual here) and thought I'd take my chances. We got to watch two pods of orcas have a showdown with five humpback whales. There were a lot of angry whale noises, lots of tail slapping, and a bunch of breaching. One swam right under our boat. Also whale breath, it's quite bad. 🐋
Today was my first marathon, barely over a year from when I started running. 4699 other 🦇 💩 crazy people boarded a bus at 3am down the Pacific Coast Highway, to spend all day running back up it again. The Bixby Bridge comes just after Hurricane Point, the biggest hill on the course, naturally there are terrifying war drums before you start your climb. In total the course has about 2000' of gains which is less than some trail half marathons I've done, but the road miles were way harder on my feet.
I wrote 261 on my arm, Katherine Switzer's number when she became the first registered woman to finish the Boston Marathon, and her number again this year when she repeated the race two weeks ago on her 50th anniversary. Every time I thought I was suffering I looked at my arm and was grateful to be able to participate, and not have some angry man trying to chase me off the course.