If you’ve got cabin fever from burning calories indoors all year, take advantage of a nice day and get outside.

It was the Sunday after finals, two days after half the population of San Luis Obispo dispersed to their respective homes and three weeks before the much anticipated  Rec Center would open its doors.  My roommate and I were stuck in town for the Grand Unveiling (aka paid training days) preparing us to use said Rec Center, but in the meantime, the pre- rec had closed, the gym in our apartment complex still sucked and I’d used up all my freebies at every gym within a twelve mile radius.

My roommate told me about this pretty run off of Shell Beach she’d done with one of her friends last year. It took a bit of driving, and a bit of poking around Pismo Beach looking for the perfect launch point, but by the end of  our run I was raving about how great it felt to get out of a sticky gym and into the great wide open.

The 3+ mile route includes a fair smattering of hills and hiking (built- in incline and resistance!). The end result is a gorgeous private sea cove where you can do crunches and ab workouts on the sand or rocks among the Boy Scouts and the elderly. For us, finding the “trailhead” was kind of a crapshoot after “Take the 101 South and exit Shell Beach”. Here’s a Google map so you can avoid looking like a lost lunatic.

So if you’ve got cabin fever from burning calories indoors all year, take advantage of a nice day and get outside for welcome change of pace. After all, vacation days are prime time for doing those things you’ve always meant to do, but haven’t had time for, right?  I would probably swap my gym membership for cross- country running this break, except it’s two degrees outside.  Merry Christmas!

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