Puerto Rico Run: Condado to Old San Juan

Puerto Rico run

Some of the street art seen on my Puerto Rico run.

I want to let everyone in on a secret: I’m training for a marathon, the St. Jude Memphis Marathon in December. Not really a big deal; I’ve run one before. But starting the training process the week before our week in Puerto Rico meant I’d need to get in a couple of runs in the island of enchantment. The great thing about my Puerto Rico run is that it was a unique way to see and experience the island.

When we travel, I usually don’t take the time to exercise. Honestly, I get a pretty good workout with all the walking we do when touring a destination. But our week in Puerto Rico was all about relaxing by the beach, seeing Old San Juan and exploring the unique culture of the island. Yes, that would mean time for a couple of runs. In fact, my Puerto Rico run would provide a good opportunity to see more of San Juan than what we’d probably do as a family.

Puerto Rico run

I came across this little beach on the west end of Condado.

We stayed in  Condado, a beautiful community along the Atlantic Ocean on the east side of San Juan. Our hotel, the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, was three miles due east of Old San Juan along Ashford Avenue.

I was able to step out the front door of the hotel and run a sidewalk adjacent to the boutiques and restaurants of Ashford Avenue to a bridge across a small bay before entering San Juan.

The first day I went for my Puerto Rico run, I had no idea where to go other than west. And that was fine, because I stumbled upon a cool park with locals enjoying the day.

Puerto Rico run

At the time, I didn’t realize Castillo de San Cristobal was the start of Old San Juan.

I eventually  made my way oh so close to Old San Juan, but at the time I didn’t realize I had actually made it there. I was three miles in to a run that I wanted to max out at around six miles, so I found one of the two forts in Old San Juan where I stopped often for some great photo moments.

Puerto Rico run

I wasn’t alone on my Puerto Rico run; I saw several other runners as well as cyclists. It was a little hot, considering my run was at noon. But there was always a nice ocean breeze to keep things comfortable.

Puerto Rico run

I made it back to the San Juan Marriott Resort after about an hour with a great run in the books.

Puerto Rico run

I actually made it to Castillo de San Cristobal, but the lines were too long to actually go in.

My second Puerto Rico run came later in the week, and this time I was determined to explore more of Old San Juan. Since we had visited Old San Juan a couple of days prior I was confident I knew the lay of the land.

Puerto Rico run

When I’m running, especially when training for a marathon, I’m not much for constantly stopping to look at the sights and take photos. But Old San Juan lent itself to doing just that.

Puerto Rico run

What probably should have taken me a little more than an hour to complete without stopping ended up being a 90-minute run with all the stops.

Puerto Rico run

Puerto Rico run

Puerto Rico run

The only thing I wish is I could have gone for another Puerto Rico run during the week. But later that day I sprained my foot playing in the surf, so my running days were done for the week.

Puerto Rico run

My Puerto Rico run selfie.

But that’s OK, because I had an awesome beach to enjoy.

2 thoughts on “Puerto Rico Run: Condado to Old San Juan

  1. Ahh! You took me right back to Puerto Rico! What I loved about Condado was how active everyone was. You must have blended in! (I definitely did not, as I did nothing super active on my trip – that’s what happens when teachers go on Spring Break. Drinks and beach lounging only) But, I’m so glad you were able to take the opportunity to run along the coast. Perfect marathon training. I’m also glad you sat and enjoyed the beach too. Beautiful photos! (Also, running a marathon is a big deal – even if you’ve already done it! I’m never ever doing one…no way! So I’m super impressed when people run one…and look at you, you’re running ANOTHER one. You’re crazy in my book, hahaha)
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  2. Erin, anyone who runs a marathon has a little bit of crazy in them. I usually don’t mix running and travel because we’re always so busy getting out the door to enjoy our destination. But on this week of relaxation in Puerto Rico it worked out well for me to go out for a couple of sightseeing runs while the family enjoyed the beach.

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