Running in Costa Rica - NOT so good for the heart.

Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Sunday, January 6, 2013

So... I do enjoy getting up early in the morning and heading out for a nice morning run from time to time.  It helps me burn some calories, keep fit and provides me with a little reassurance that I can have a couple beverages at happy hour.  Running here in Costa Rica, though, I don't know... it is a wee bit crazy!!!

 It all starts with the humidity and heat.  Just walking down the steps from our villa and then up the steps to the main road gets me sweating.  Two minutes in and I'm soaked, feeling like I just stepped out of a shower.

Then there's this, what they call here a main road that runs from Quepos to the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park.  The distance from Villa Titti (where we are staying) to Quepos is about 4 km.  This is what I thought would be a nice easy morning jog.  So off to Quepos and back I go on the "Main Road" at a not too early 7:30 AM.  Now, as the crow flies (or Turkey Vulture here) our Villa is probably only 2-2.5 KM from Quepos, but the "road" is full of zigs and zags and ups and downs.  Imagine going up and down the Edworthy or Sandy Beach hills back in Calgary.  Throw in some hair pin corners and you pretty much have it.  Add in the traffic, lack of side walks, ditches, the odd wild dog, and of course uneven pavement and you are in for a fun filled adventure.  

I really believe the drivers of the public transit busses (old greyhound busses that only cost 285 colones - 50 cents to ride) try to get as close as they can to tourists without actually hitting them. Traffic flies at 40 to 60 km an hour on these roads that are not much wider than alley ways back home, all the while chatting on their cell phones.  No distracted driving laws here.  It is a good thing I was running towards the on coming traffic as once I had to duck under the mirror of a bus and another time I had to jump into the ditch on the side of the road.  Lots of fun.  The busses almost killed me, the hills and heat definitely threw me for a loop but I got the run done in a fairly reasonable 42 minutes.

The scenery is pretty amazing though and I kind of look forward to the next one.  It's always an adventure.

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Alberto on

Try your morning exercise at the beach , plenty of space fres air and no traffic
Abrazos para todos

Gut on

Jimbo you are nuts......go for a run on the beach for crying out loud. YOu don't want to spend any time in the hospital on your trip!!!!

Jim on

Running on the beach would be nice...but it's a 15 minute walk down hill. That means a big up-hill run coming back from the beach on the same road as above. I may try it out today or tomorrow.

viajamos on

That's nothing!
I was on the treadmill at Westside rec centre yesterday and one of the janitors almost shoved a mop handle up my nose, but I made a quick incline adjustment on the treadmill and avoided the near massacre. Thats how tuff things back here are. :-) LOL

Stay safe and swim with the big sharks, it's safer than those busses!

Regards to all


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