Running in Costa Rica - NOT so good for the heart.
Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
53Trip End Aug 15, 2013
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
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.