Newport Back Bay Loop Run

Today I went for a late morning run in Orange County. I’ve heard great things about the Newport Back Bay Loop and have only run to the loop, but not all the way around it. monica runner

Bobbi lives an hour and a half inland, but was heading to the OC for some fun today. We decided to meet up and try the Back Bay Loop in Newport for a run and some catch up time!in her shoes

Running the entire loop is a little over 10 miles, but we did 7 miles and walked 1 to cool down. We are running a local half marathon this weekend and didn’t want to overdo it!upper newport bay

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Today was gorgeous! We didn’t start running until about 10am and I was afraid it was going to be too hot. Luckily a strong ocean breeze kept us from overheating Smile

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7 miles done and done!

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After the run we headed to the obvious choice for some lunch – Whole Foods! The Whole Foods in the Tustin Marketplace really is the best one around.

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I headed straight for the hot food bar and got a mish-mash of a bunch of things…whole foods hot bar

On a bed of spinach I think there was… mushroom lasagna, pastas salad, pineapple fried rice, sweet and sour tofu, a piece of butternut squash enchilada and more. Everything was amazing except the salmon salad, could have done with out that. 20 dollars for this cardboard box

I got 2 Zevia sodas because I drink more than Charlie Sheen at an open bar.

Is there soda AA?

It’s already “sit outside” weather in Southern California!

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We sat and chatted for a long time after digging into our food too. That means there was room for “dessert”. Today’s lunch dessert was a detox juice. Okay, so it’s not a gooey chocolate chip cookie – but it is still a treat to me!

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Now I should really get in the shower since my fellow Whole Foods shoppers were steering their organic produce packed carts far away from me as I was walking around the store. I thought I’d fit in the with all the hairy legged hippies, but apparently I stink too much even for them! Sorry.Monica smells

The run, the lunch and the girl talk was so much fun today! I love starting the week on a good note like this Smile

Comments

  1. says

    I just ran there last week! I didn’t realize it was a whole loop, though. Now I want to do the whole thing! The picture of that hill terrifies me because I am pretty sure that’s the hill we are going to be running UP during OC! Looks deceiving, but it almost killed me last year.

  2. says

    I think that’s the best too. I worked just down the street :)

    FYI, Wednesday’s hot/cold bar is on sale for a whopping $5.99, lol!

    I’ve yet to complete the whole back bay too, I’ve started to run it then headed back because it got too hot and I don’t run that far either.

  3. says

    Oh my goodness, the weather there looks amazing!! I can’t wait until it is “eat outside” weather where I live!
    That is a great way to start the week! I hope that the week goes wonderful for you!

  4. says

    Okay, I need to run this loop like twice on Sunday since I have a 21 miler coming up. Where is the “starting” place, exactly? Where can you park? Thanks for posting this, I’m excited!

  5. Jill says

    The photos of Newport look gorgeous. I’ve never run there, so far. Perhaps it’s time? Right on the doorstep too.

  6. says

    What beautiful weather! I have to shower right after exercising. I can’t stand just standing around in my own sweat. Unless I’m at the gym… Although I have run quick errands after working out and tend to do them as quickly as possible ;)

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