Tough run made better with company, scenery in Ocean City

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Here's a photo I took near the end of the Boardwalk on our way north during the Saturday run. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
Here’s a photo I took near the end of the Boardwalk on our way north during the Saturday run. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

My legs weren’t really feeling it during my long run on Saturday — I hadn’t gotten a good amount of sleep during the week, and I had just done my first Pilates class the day before — but it was still a great way to start the morning.

Running with my friend Veronica for the second week in a row made the run go by more quickly, and she kept me motivated. I’m sure I would have stopped more if not for her company. We also ran the last half-mile fast, which turned out being good, but I wouldn’t have done it alone.

We started near the Ocean City Inlet, and ran seven miles out, first on the Boardwalk, then to Baltimore Avenue and then to Coastal Highway, running north just past 118th Street. We turned around and

followed the same path back.

Ocean City's Boardwalk is pictured here, on our way back. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
Ocean City’s Boardwalk is pictured here, on our way back. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Even though we were doing an out-and-back course, there was still a lot to see — and smell. I smelled the distinct smell of doughnuts more than once, and we also smelled breakfast food. Since it was the morning, there was also the smell, at times, of trash that I guess hadn’t been picked up yet.

We started the run early, leaving Salisbury by vehicle just after 6 a.m. While I originally had 15 miles on the schedule, I was happy to have run 14 miles on Saturday. It was still my longest run since the Big Sur International Marathon, and it was a good amount of time on my feet. Perhaps rather than 12 miles this weekend, I’ll run 13.

The Loco Leprechaun and Greek omelets that we ordered from the Bayside Skillet are shown here. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
The Loco Leprechaun and Greek omelets that we ordered from the Bayside Skillet are shown here. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Afterward, we enjoyed some more water and then breakfast at the Bayside Skillet, where we both got omelets. They were huge, but I still ate pretty much all of mine. I don’t think I’ve ever been there, at least not in recent memory, so I’m glad I was able to try it out. We were also able to sit outside. I looked forward to the food during my run, so I am glad that it was delicious!

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