Jordan Hasay’s San Luis Obispo Guide to the Perfect Marathon Weekend

Race SLO Ambassador dishes on her favorite local spots; Hasay, a Central Coast hometown girl, recently became the 2nd fastest American woman marathoner ever with her 2:20:57 at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8.

By Jordan Hasay

Hello SLO Marathon + Half event runners! My name is Jordan Hasay and I’m a Race SLO ambassador and professional marathon runner for Nike. I hope you are all getting excited for this coming April! As we approach fall, many of you may be running a fall marathon and/or beginning your miles for the spring.

One thing that is important when beginning a marathon build up is visualization. As I’m training, I try to think about the place I will travel to -- this not only includes the race course, but the surrounding area. In terms of picking a perfect race day weekend -- you can’t get any better than San Luis Obispo! Here’s a weekend guide for you. I hope this helps spur you on during those tough base miles this fall!

Poly Canyon

Poly Canyon

Trails:

  1. Once you get into town, you probably won’t be running a ton of miles, since you’ll be tapering. However, there are still several spots to check out for your final easy runs such as the Bob Jones Trail: flat bike path, goes out along the golf course and to the ocean in Avila Beach

  2. Poly Canyon loop: I wouldn’t recommend this loop pre-marathon as it’s very hilly, but maybe for friends and family. Out at Cal Poly University. Great views, dirt trail, sometimes having to dodge cows!

  3. Arroyo Grande trails: This is where I usually run daily as I live in AG. You can park along James Way and the dirt trails go along the side with some hills through the woods. You can do a bit of road (equestrian way, old oak park) if you want to get in some even bigger hills!

lululemon storefront at the SLO Collection in downtown SLO

lululemon storefront at the SLO Collection in downtown SLO

Scenery:

  1. Obviously, the beach. If you are staying in Downtown SLO, Avila Beach is just 5 minutes away, Shell Beach about 10 minutes and Pismo Beach about 15 minutes. The ocean is cold here, so prepare for your pre- or post-race ice bath!

  2. Downtown SLO: Several restaurants, shopping, farmers market on Thursday evening, if you happen to arrive early in the week.

  3. Madonna Inn / Mountain: This will be right where you finish the race actually. This is my favorite hike to do when I’m home. You will probably be tired after your marathon, but if your legs can handle it later on that afternoon or the next day, it’s an incredible view! (And only about an hour roundtrip up-and-back!). If you aren’t up for the hike, Madonna Inn is a historic hotel that you at least have to check out. They have different themed rooms and great restaurants (with great desserts! Perfect post-race treat, yum!).

Post-Boston Marathon Hasay consumed 14 calzones in the span of week!

Post-Boston Marathon Hasay consumed 14 calzones in the span of week!

Restaurants:

  1. Del’s Pizzeria: this one is in Shell Beach along the coast line. They have great calzones and pizza. A perfect pre- and/or post-race meal! This is my go-to restaurant back home. I can admit to getting dinner from there every day for a week post-Boston Marathon (that’s 14 calzones and counting since I usually eat two! Haha!).

  2. Rosa’s: another Italian favorite. This one is in Pismo Beach, with great salmon, fresh bread, nice atmosphere.

  3. DePalo & Son’s Deli: also in Shell Beach. This deli has great sandwiches! I love their tuna salad and fresh mozzarella. I also use their Marinara sauce for my lucky pasta meal. In college they would ship it up to me in Oregon! Just one example of the many people in SLO county who have supported me through my career!

Enjoy, and good training and I hope to see you at the 2018 SLO Marathon + Half!