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weekend runs

yesterday was 8.6 miles at el moro canyon with jessica. we met at 7:30 and started on time. another guy from the group (octrailrunners) also showed up. he’s new to the group and we were glad to have him there. i don’t know if we started too fast or what, or if i was just feeling crappy, but i was really struggling on the uphills. when we took this gorgeous single-track trail which was mostly downhill — tada! — i started to feel better. the downhill running was hard on my knees, though, as i could feel some soreness today. the good thing is that i continued to feel better even after we were done with the downhill portion.

it is great to run with jessica. besides being so very nice to talk to (when i’m not puking my lungs out on the hills), she is very knowledgeable about the oc trails, and i feel confident we won’t get lost. as a bonus i get my trail fix and some hill training, which is much needed.

today was 18 miles on the newport-huntington bikepath. i went from the newport pier towards huntington until my garmin said 9 miles, then turned around. i felt tempted to go 2 more miles till the end of the bikepath on warner, and log a total of 22 miles, but decided to save that for next weekend. (my husband brought pizza home and i didn’t wanna miss it!) talk about effortless run. i did it in 11:47 pace, which for me is great on a long run, including walk breaks for clif shot blocks and jelly beans. it was so enjoyable. i had no music (still waiting for that replacement ipod), so i decided to appreciate the small joys. smelling the salt, watching the dogs on the dog beach, feeling the wind, greeting other runners, and just enjoying my thoughts, watching them come and go, no worries, just peace. i am 100% recharged. it is hard to explain this to a non-runner; ‘how can you run for 3 and 1/2 hours and feel recharged?’, they may ask. but i know you understand. i’m riding a high right now, man.

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Darrell October 15, 2006, 11:40 pm

    Sweet runs. You put in some impressive high mileage this week.

  • Jessica Deline October 16, 2006, 1:26 am

    Wow! 55 miles this week? I’d say you ran darn good considering your mileage especially. Well that nice long downhill sure felt good but the uphill after wasn’t so fun 🙂 it was good running with you again too!

  • olga October 16, 2006, 7:07 pm

    It’s great to run with someone, especially if you enjoy this company! Trails are a bonus for sure, and 55 miles for the week – wow!

  • Jenn October 16, 2006, 11:11 pm

    That run sounds wonderful. I really miss the smell of the ocean. You make 18 miles sound enjoyable…I hope I can be that positive when I run this Sunday.

  • ~nattie~ October 17, 2006, 8:25 pm

    > Let me know if you want to link
    > exchange with me,

    i’m cracking up trying to figure out “sexybikinis” as a running blog… and obviously trying to understand why someone thinks i’d want to put a link to it here.


  • nikki October 19, 2006, 2:54 pm

    After a tough weekend of running you make me remember why I love doing it! Thanks!

  • Chris October 23, 2006, 12:38 am

    You are kicking arse on the running!

    I have gotten my martial arts instructor hooked on cycling and now I am screwed because he is so phyiscally fit, that as soon as he gets his form down, he’s going to be kicking my butt at one more thing:)


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