Call Me Crazy

Okay, don’t really call me crazy.  However, I did something that I have never done before.  I ran up Torrey Pines hill two days in a row!  I know.  CRAZY!  Here is a picture of one part of the hill.

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It’s hard to get the full effect unless you are actually standing there.  And, my iPhone camera does not do it justice.  The hill continues on and curves around until you get to the Visitor’s Center at the top.  Then it eventually levels off.

I already ran Torrey Pines yesterday.  I usually go for my runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  However, I decided to sleep in on Thursday and then my car needed an oil change.  There was just no time Thursday morning to get my run in.  I wanted to go run at Torrey Pines on Friday, but my friend, Heather, was working that day.  She said she could go on Saturday.  I realized that I might need to be available on Saturday to pick my mother up from Los Angeles, so I went for my Torrey Pines run on Friday, without Heather.  When I arrived home, my friend Nicole texted me (and Heather) and asked if anyone was up for a Torrey Pines run on Saturday or Sunday.  I voted Sunday, because I just ran the hill.  Then, we all remembered there was a 1/2 marathon being run on Sunday, and it ends in Torrey Pines.  A Sunday run was out of the question.  I texted them and said I was going to opt out.  I didn’t think I could run the hill two days in a row.  But, you know how it is with peer pressure.  Besides, it would be a fun time spent with friends.  Here is a picture of Heather and Nicole on the Guy Fleming Trail today.

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On a good day, I could not keep up with my friends.  Heather (on the left) is a runner.  Nicole is also very athletic.  I knew this, so I brought my earphones with me so I could listen to Kanye West’s Stronger as I ran up the hill.  I just kept repeating that song until I got to the top.  I went further up the hill today than I did yesterday, so I was pretty happy with myself!  I walked the few yards up to the Visitor’s Center because my calves were cramping up.  Not even Kanye West could push me all the way up to the top!  Of course, Nicole and Heather made it up with no problem.  They doubled back to meet me as I was slogging up the hill.  We kept running to the edge of the Torrey Pines golf course before we turned around to run the Guy Fleming Trail and back down the hill to Nicole’s car.  Here is the picture of them running down the hill.  I was feeling nothing but joy to be running down the hill and not up.  🙂

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After our run, we were hungry.  We wanted to stop and grab a bite, but no one brought any money, except for me.  I had 20 bucks.  Nicole dug around in her car and found a dollar bill and some spare change.  I remembered I had the Starbuck’s app on my iPhone and I had saved my gift cards on it.  We were able to get tea and coffee at Starbucks, and we had enough money to buy bagels at Einstein Bros.  Here is a picture of Nicole’s money.

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I bet the cashier was thinking, “Oh brother!”

It was a fun morning.  I can’t believe I pushed myself to run up this hill again.  I was glad I got to share that with my buddies.  I am pretty sure I am going to be sore this evening.  Luckily, I have already made an appointment to get a massage.  I am looking forward to my next adventure with these fun gals.

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A Rare Treat

This morning I gave myself a rare treat.  I took the day off from work because I have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon.  Last night, I decided that I would drive to Torrey Pines State Reserve in the morning and go for a run.  I had to get up early anyway to drop kids off at school.  And, we had such beautiful weather yesterday.  It was almost summer-like.  I thought it would be nice to go to Torrey Pines.  Torrey Pines is about 10-15 minutes away from my home.  I was excited about my plan.

I was quickly disappointed when I woke up to wet weather outside.  It was not raining hard, but there was a mist and slight drizzle.  I was not going to let that put a damper on my plan to go to Torrey Pines.  I am glad I went.  It was still cloudy and overcast.  On the way over to the beach, I went through a patch of rain.  However, it stopped as soon as I pulled into the parking lot.  When I opened my car door, I was shocked by the cold breeze that met me.  I was wearing running shorts and a light windbreaker.  I parked in the lot at the bottom of the Torrey Pines hill.  In my younger days, I could run up the hill all the way.  But today, I made it about halfway before I had to walk a bit.  I continued my walk/run until I reached my favorite trail at the reserve.  The Guy Fleming Trail.  Here is some information about Guy Fleming if you were wondering who he was.  He was like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed.  He didn’t plant seeds like Johnny, but he helped preserve the Torrey Pine Tree.  Anyway, I was able to take some photos of my run around the Guy Fleming trail.

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I, especially, like this one of the Torrey Pine forming a canopy over the trail.  The view was spectacular this morning.

After I ran the loop, I ran further up the hill to the Visitor’s Center.  Then, I turned around and made the descent down Torrey Pines hill to my car.  I retrieved my water bottle and sat on a picnic table facing the ocean.  I only stayed a few minutes because it was pretty cold.  I wished I could have stayed longer.  I don’t get to Torrey Pines too often to run, so I was thankful for this treat I gave myself.

Morning Run

It is amazing how exercise can clear your mind.  This morning I woke up and went for a short run.  It was hard to get up this morning, because I was so tired.  And, I really wasn’t motivated to do any form of exercise.  However, my friend, Nicole, wanted to go on a coffee run and asked me to text her when I got up.  We run to a local coffee house, order our beverages, and walk back home.  Because she was waiting for me to text her, I got myself up.  I highly recommend an exercise buddy who can motivate you to get moving.

I texted Nicole, but I got no response.  I thought she had left without me.  So, I went ahead and did the coffee run by myself.  I was glad I did.  I have been stressed out lately with my classes, work, and the holidays coming up.  It felt good going for a run.  It was a perfect morning.  68 degrees and sunny.  I just ordered my coffee when Nicole texted me.  She had just seen my text and wondered if I still wanted to go for that run.  I told her I was already finished and was headed home.  She was sorry she missed me, but she made herself a cup of tea and walked to meet me.  We walked the rest of the way home together.

Now I need to get some laundry done, go to the grocery store, and finish my homework.  I also need to make my Christmas cookies and get my Christmas cards ready for mailing.  It’s a lot to do, but I am not stressed about it.  Thanks to my run and my coffee.

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