Running in Bordeaux and San Sebastian


You guys tired of seeing this running outfit yet?

While we were in Bordeaux, France and San Sebastian, Spain, my half marathon in Dingle was only a couple weeks away. I was never too successful in following a strict training plan while we were traveling, but instead I kind of just ran what I felt like, while adding in some long runs on the weekends. This proved to work pretty well, since I felt good during my race on September 6.

The weather was hotter than I was used to in Bordeaux, and I started my runs too late and felt pretty tired during both of them. But they were still enjoyable, especially because Bordeaux is a beautiful city, and there is a path that runs along the river for miles. My first run was four miles, and my second was eight miles.

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Some sights I saw:




Jeremy met me after my run and took this. The tower reminded me of Disneyland.



A skateboard park right along the river.



The guy on the front of the boat is holding a big bunch of grapes. I love wine country.



We were only in San Sebastian for two nights, so I made sure to wake up early the morning after we got there to run some miles along the ocean. The beach had been so crowded the day before, but I got out there before anyone had a chance to wake up (except for the other runners, of course. Oh and surfers). Man, this was a beautiful run and will go down in history as one of my favorite places to run, ever. I stopped to take sooo many pictures, but I really couldn’t help it.


Bird footprints.


Empty beach.







There’s a path that goes all along the ocean and cliffs.







Running through the old town.

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I wish that we had spent more time in San Sebastian so I could have had more runventures, but we’ll just have to go back one day.


    1. I thought I’d be missing Europe really badly by now, but it’s actually been nice to be back. It helps that Santa Barbara is really easy to return to 🙂

  1. Beautiful! I want to go back to San Sebastian one day, too. Weird Q: Were there a bunch of cats living on that large park/promontory (where the Acuario de San Sebastian is marked on the above map)? That’s one of my most vivid memories from Spain.

    1. Hah I didn’t see any cats in San Sebastian! I wish I had though. I saw the most feral cats in one place in a small town in France and then in a park in Rome. I couldn’t believe how many there were.

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