AC from the beach looking north Home for 3 nights Me in front of the Taj facade We had a nice little vacay in Atlantic City, staying three nights at the Trump Taj Mahal, and taking in two full days. Included in those two days was a big (BIG) airshow right over the beach, and we saw quite a lot of it. We thought start time was 10, and were walking the boardwalk during that time, but they were just talking it up over the PA system. Things were crowded that early, so we figured that was normal, but it turned out to be just air show traffic. Normal while we were there (weekdays) meant not busy at all! Anyway, we eventually walked back to the hotel to get our beach chairs, found a spot and enjoyed the show. Too far from the PA to hear the narration but it was cool. The best part was the Thunderbirds from the Air Force, by far! Precision flying in deadly fighter planes is remarkable. Loved it.
We walked just about everywhere in AC, at least on or near the beach. Ventured west a little bit on foot, to the outlets, but that city is not meant for walking (cough* Boston *cough* awesome for walking *cough*) and much of it isn't pretty. So we didn't go far from there, and left the car at the hotel. Thanks to Joy for running suggestions, but we didn't drive anywhere, so only boardwalk runs! (tried to link to you, but I can't even get to your posts right now!?!) On our first morning we went out in different directions, with me going south. I went past all the hotels, past where the boardwalk narrows, and possibly into Ventnor, before turning around and re-tracing my steps. 4.01 miles in 33:22. Total elevation: 2 feet. Yes, 2. It's flat there, like crazy. Average pace 8:19, AHR 83%. It felt light and easy. Didn't have to dodge many people at 7 AM. Afterwards I knew I was ahead of Tara, so I walked down to the beach just to enjoy being near the water for a short 1/2-M walk. Pretty nice. Funny thing, though, about running on the boardwalk: no matter how early you are out there, the food vendors are already cooking up their greasy offerings, and the smell is hard to take while running! But at least you get past them quickly. And there's no beating the smell of the salty ocean!
We didn't run on the second morning, because that was to be our walking day. I marked out at least 7.3 miles that we walked (deep into Ventnor, and back on the beach!), plus we were in and out of other casinos and hotels, walking around, taking it all in. That was fun, and hard. We definitely felt it. But on the final morning we were out running by about 8 AM. Very little pedestrian traffic out there that day, but quite a few bikes. It was all tourists taking in the boardwalk, because no serious biker would stroll the boardwalk, right? It looked like fun, though. Tara and I went out together for this one, and then she turned around after 10 minutes, while I continued. Went down as far as the Hilton (about 1-1/2 miles), then turned back around. Average pace 10:07, AHR 74%. This was an easy run. Enjoyed it very much, and kind of miss being right along the ocean. You see, we live on the coast, north of Boston, but there's no beach in our town; just wetlands. It's beautiful, but there's no running along the ocean from home. On the other hand, the ocean smell is strong here, and we love that! Atlantic City has only a faint salt smell. Wonder what's up with that, anyway? It's the same ocean.
So that was running on vacation. I love seeing the Garmin map online, and the various places I've had the satellites hooked up for my running. Good times.