Not sure if you knew, but Mr Cupcake and I had the chance to go on our 1st KID FREE vacation in 6 years. We’ve both been away individually, but have never gone away together…and we hadn’t even had ONE NIGHT away since I was 4 months pregnant with Mini Cupcake #2….3 YEARS ago!! We originally had big plans for this vacation and had planned on heading to Dublin Ireland and England (I was going to squeeze a half marathon in), but unfortunately that didn’t happen. We replanned and ended up going to California. Have any of you ever driven up the Pacific Coast Highway? We had driven from San Diego to Santa Barbara before, but nothing north of Santa Barbara. And let me tell you…it was AMAZING! I am so lucky to have a husband that likes to stay active too! We ran, biked and walked all week! Here is how it went!
Sunday– we flew to Los Angeles and picked up our rental car. We got a smoking deal on the rental car…a large SUV for $1 per day….YES, $1 per day. Not sure how we managed that, but thank you Kayak.com! The first place we stopped:
I typically don’t eat fast food, but I make an exception for In N Out!! After we had lunch we headed north to Santa Barbara Wine Country.
We hit a few wineries before we checked into our hotel.
We wandered around the town and just relaxed and hung out. It was wonderful! If you ever head to Los Olivos, this was a fabulous place to stay!
Monday— 6 mile run with the hubby in Los Olivos, CA in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country. Amazing. It was beautiful sunny day, 63 degrees and no humidity. Of course, there is never humidity in California. One of the reasons I would LOVE to live there. There were a few decent hills in the run, but I actually felt really strong for this run. The first GOOD run in a while I’m happy to report. It helps to have a fast running partner, I had to keep up with him otherwise I probably would have gotten lost. Splits: 8:31, 8:40, 9:18, 8:46, 8:34, 9:11
After our run, we showered up and hit the road. Next stop Cambria, CA and some wineries This was one of our favorites. It was literally a shack on the side of the road, but had some amazing wines. Foxen wines….
After we hit the wineries we had on our list we checked into our hotel and had a great 2 mile walk on the beach…even saw these….I THINK they are jellyfish, but I wasn’t about to touch them to find out! They were all over the beach and were a really beautiful blue color.
And how about this amazing sunset?!
Tuesday— We woke up on Tuesday morning and went for an easy 2 mile run on the beach! It was supposed to be a rest day, but how can you pass up running on the beach??
We went back to our room, had breakfast, packed up our things and hit the road again! Our final destination was Monterey but we took our time with the drive through Big Sur, which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. All of the following pictures were taken at Julia Pfeiffer State Park.
Now, I’ve had the Big Sur Marathon on my bucket list for a while, but this trip totally sealed the deal. It is super hilly, but totally worth the view in my opinion! Maybe in 2016!!
We went to this awesome restaurant in Big Sur called Nepenthe. It is known for it’s amazing views and is usually super hard to get in to. We got lucky and were able to get in.
We got to eat our lunch, and drink my mimosa to THIS view…. AH-MA-ZING.
Next up was this little beach off the beaten path that my parents had actually told us about. It is 2 miles off the main road and no signs so you really have to know it is there to find it. It’s one car in one car out, so the line can get pretty long, but totally worth it. It was called Pfeiffer Beach.
We finally made it to Monterey and checked into our hotel. We followed that up with a 2.5 mile walk on the beach.
We watched humpback whales breaching from our deck. It was really surreal.
Wednesday— 20 mile bike ride through Pebble Beach and Monterey Bay. We had a great time with this bike ride. The scenery was so amazing, I really don’t think it could have gotten better than this. Riding was such a great way to see the coast!
That night we wrapped up our trip in California and flew from Oakland to Las Vegas! Vegas Baby, here we come!
Thursday– Rest Day….spent the day relaxing at the pool in Las Vegas. That night we went to a nice dinner and went to see Beatles LOVE. We had a great time! Come to find out Susan from Mom Swim Bike Run (my new link-up bud) was at the very same pool hanging out with her hubby too! I found out via instagram later on in the day, but by the time I found out she was gone and we weren’t able to hook up..such a bummer!
Friday– we headed to the airport after we woke up to fly home! It really was a wonderful vacation, something that we both really enjoyed and NEEDED!!
Saturday– Rest day and hydrating for my longest run of training so far, my 18 miler!
Sunday– 18 miles on the training plan for today. I had found out that most of my MRTT ladies were doing their long runs on Saturday so I didn’t have anyone to run with. So during the week, I decided to sign up for a race that one of my favorite running buddies was running so I could have some company. It was the Leesburg 20K. I decided that I would go early, run 3 miles, then run the race and then finish the last 3 miles after the race. It actually worked out fairly well. It definitely broke up the monotony which was nice. The first 3 miles were super easy and I felt great, and then the race started and I felt like my legs were lead! Come to find out, it was a pretty steady incline the first half of the race which would explain it. The run went fairly well, although I feel like I haven’t had a run which I have walked away and said “that was a great run, I felt great”. It was just an ok run, but thank goodness for having Lexie with me. I will have a full recap coming soon! 18 miles completed in 2:52:26
Splits: 9:37, 9:11, 9:27, 9:30, 9:04, 9:12, 9:41, 9:42, 9:18, 9:35, 9:54, 9:21, 9:23, 9:22, 10:09, 10:23, 10:10
Overall, it was a fantastic week! I’m pumped that I actually got some workouts in (I did miss one speed workout, but that’s ok). Looking forward to a new week and getting back on a schedule with the kids again. 20 miles up for my long run next weekend, not going to lie, I’m a bit nervous about it! We’ll see how it goes!
When was the last time you went on a vacation? If you have kids, when is the last time you went somewhere without them?
Have you ever been to Big Sur or Santa Barbara wine country?
Where is your favorite vacation spot?