With year-round good weather, there are no shortage of active dates to keep San Diegans busy.
You work hard, but you exercise even harder. You race marathons in your sleep, and can name every muscle you are working each time you lift a weight. You crave the moments of sweat and exertion, and the best feeling in the world for you is beating your run time or pushing your body to that exhaustion limit. In other words, you are athletic, and proud of it.
For you, a significant other needs to share that love of exercise, so PACIFIC has rounded up some of the top dates to work that body and break a sweat with your sweetie.
Indoor rock climbing
There’s nothing like being tied up with your bae and trusting them with your safety. Take your athletic ability to a new level with challenging walls and boulders at a rock climbing gym such as Vertical Hold. If you are a newbie to climbing, you can start out on easier routes, then work your way up on a challenging and addictive workout for your arms and body. Plus, getting to checkout your partner from below isn’t such a bad way to spend a date.
Vertical Hold: 2074 Hancock St., Mission Hills, 619.299.1124; 13026 Stowe Dr., Poway, 858.748.9011; 992 Rancheros Dr., San Marcos, 760.480.1429, verticalhold.com
Local cycling events
If you are a cyclist couple in San Diego, your athletic choices are endless. Grab your honey and hop on your bikes (and maybe even give back to the community) for a plethora of cycling events throughout the year, such as the Tour de Cure, Pedal to the Park, and Bike the Bay. If you are ready for the big commitment, head cross country for the ultimate love test with Race Across America. Head to Bike Link’s website for a full list of events throughout California or for specific local events check out efgh.com/bike/rides.htm. For anytime dates, take a trek up Highway 101 through Solana Beach, Cardiff by the Sea and Encinitas for gorgeous coastal views and plenty of spots for stopping and nibbling.
Okay running couples, we know you have just as much skin in the game as cyclists, and your choices are no less abundant. For ideas on pounding the pavement with your love, head to RacePlace for a bounty of upcoming events listed by month. In San Diego, go zen with your partner in the Peace Love Run half marathon, or get down and dirty with the annual Del Mar Mud Run. Charitable couples will love taking part in events like Heroes in Recovery, San Diego Beach & Bay, Rock & Roll, or Run for the Hungry.
Indoor activity park
Give your hardcore athletic routine a break while releasing your inner child at this funhouse for both kids and adults. You’ll still burn plenty of calories while jumping on the trampolines and practicing flips or playing dodgeball with fellow fit couples (hello, double date idea). Go American Gladiator with the jousting beam, practice your balance on the slackline, and take a free fall into a stuntman airbag. Check out what happened when PACIFIC sent two blind daters here.
House of Air, Carlsbad: 6133 Innovation Way, Suite 102, Carlsbad, 760.201.1313 houseofair.com/carlsbad
Undoubtedly the most unique option of the list, this new (but ancient) trend challenges your arm strength, focus, and aim while letting you release your frustrations on a target. A great idea for single or double dating, throwers rent a lane each equipped with two targets, which can hold up to four throwers. Love it and want more? Axe throwers can join a league and compete against other teams. Located next to Wild Barrel Brewing, throwers can kick back with a beer after a session, and food trucks are available Thursday through Sunday. $40/half-hour, $60/hour. Open 3-9 p.m.
694 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, 619.985.7005, socalaxe.com