Ocean City a fun place for a long run

The Ocean City Boardwalk greeting in downtown Ocean City. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
The Ocean City Boardwalk greeting in downtown Ocean City. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

With a Friday off work, I wanted to do a run in a different place, preferably somewhere I hadn’t featured on this blog yet. I have run in Ocean City, Maryland, before — and even somewhat recently on the beach — but this is the first time since I’ve started this blog that I have written about running there.

I enjoyed running on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Friday. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
I enjoyed running on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Friday. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

I needed to run 10 miles this weekend for my marathon training, and my weekend days this weekend were Friday and Saturday, because I’m working on Sunday. I figured Ocean City would be a fun place to get the run in, and then I would spend the rest of the morning and afternoon hanging out with my family at the beach.

I started at the free parking lot in West Ocean City, which is about a mile, or maybe a little less, away from the Boardwalk. After crossing the Route 50 drawbridge into Ocean City, I made my way up the Boardwalk and went north to the end before turning onto the sidewalk next to Baltimore Avenue and then the sidewalk next to Coastal Highway. I ran north until I reached five miles — 62nd Street — then turned around and retraced my steps to run 10 miles.

My watch died partway through, and I started using my Nike+ app, but I know the pace was slow. My watch logged an average of slightly under 11-minute miles for just under seven miles. I wasn’t too concerned about the pace; I brought a water bottle with me, but I drank all that and got water at the water fountains at three public bathrooms. (If you’re planning on running on the Ocean City boardwalk, that’s good to know — public bathrooms and water fountains are not hard to find!)

I started at about 8:30 a.m., and it was very hot. About two-and-a-half miles in, I decided to run in just my sports bra rather than the tech T-shirt I’d worn, which felt much better. It’s not my normal style to run in just a sports bra, but I was at the beach, and plenty of people wear less there.

I saw plenty of other runners on the Boardwalk and off, which was cool to see. The Boardwalk wasn’t packed, though, so it was not tough to run.

After my run, I drove up to 15th Street, where my family was, and got in the ocean almost right away before relaxing on the beach. I also made it to the 600-mile mark with this run, which is halfway to my goal of 1,200 miles for the year. More on that in the next post.

Ocean City's beach wasn't too crowded in the morning. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
Ocean City’s beach wasn’t too crowded in the morning. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
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