Thursday, November 13, 2014

Puerto Rico: one run down

                                This post compiled to Bamboleo - Gipsy Kings

Vamonos, chicas! That was the battle cry as over 2,400 women from all over the world ran through the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Diva Half Marathon. It was a sultry 85/90 degrees and 75% humidity with lots of hills and slanted roads, but a gorgeous run none the less. We fell in love with the happy, gracious people of Puerto Rico and the incredible food - the perfect destination for a group run. 

One run down, one to go to raise funds for MUSC Children's Hospital Cancer Research... thank you to all who have participated in helping me reach the goal through December!

Herewith, a few images of the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and some ideas for visiting as a family:

                   Already hot when the 6am start gun went off! Course map link here

                                     This hill came early in the run - not a welcome sight!

A good omen along the way... Castillo San Cristobal

And the finish line photo... love these girls! Hard to believe we've been friends since grade school. Some walked, some ran with a partner, some ran solo in search of a personal best, but joining forces for a unified cause and encouraging one another across the finish line was the best feeling.

  • Love to run? Consider a Diva run with girlfriends, or a RocknRoll run for men and women, or the upcoming Kiawah Island Marathon here in SC on Saturday, December 13th. It really helps to have goals on the calendar to keep you motivated and monitor your total training miles. I love the Hal Higdon training programs.
  • Explore: The history throughout Puerto Rico is fascinating. Be sure to see the forts along the coastline offered by the National Park Service and open to the public for a $5 fee (free on public holidays). They date to the 1400s but will remind you of our own Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter.
  • The Food: The Puerto Rican traditional dishes and Cuban influences are delicious. Try the shrimp mofongo at Cafe Puerto Rico in Old San Juan. Here's a simple and very authenic video to show you exactly how delicious it is! Favorite finds: Oceano for the sunsets and ceviche, Nonna, and Yerba Buena for the terrace and gliding lounge chairs.

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