Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dodging Downpours and Walkers

I had quite an exciting run over the weekend dodging puddles and walkers.  Not walkers as in equipment for the elderly.  Walkers as in the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk participants.  It was raining on and off for two entire days in San Diego.  Whoever says we have perfect weather is wrong!  We only have perfect weather 99% of the time. 

I planned out a 16 mile run that involved running through my neighborhood and down a bike path to the beach and back.  Nice and simple.  Due to the completely spectacular mass of women walking in pink clothing and tutus I had to take a detour.  I was completely motivated by the walkers because they had to endure 3 days of bad weather in San Diego for their entire walk.  To top it off, they are walking for a reason.  Many of these women walk in memory of a lost loved one from Breast Cancer or in honor of a survivor. I just felt lucky to be running at all.  I am healthy and lucky to be alive and thriving.  I can't take it for granted.

My excitement started to wear off as I continued running into the line of walkers on every route I tried to navigate.  I wound up doing several out-and-backs trying left and right to tack on extra miles here and there.  Accumulating 16 miles can be quite a challenge.  

I was out of Clif Bars so I had to get creative before I left the house.  After reading the ingredient list on a bag of Vegan Trail Mix Cookies, I was sold.  These insanely addicting cookies from Trader Joe's have nuts, seeds, raisins and brown rice syrup.  Perfect for mid-run.  I ate one at about mile 9.  It was the perfect pick-me-up to get me home. 

WARNING:
These cookies are great for a run but can be dangerous if left alone with them. 
You can potentially eat the entire bag.

As usual I ran the second half faster than the first, by about 20 seconds/mile.  This may have been due to the downpours I dealt with on the first half and the amount of puddles I had to leap over.

I usually do not feel completely wiped out after a run but this time I was done.  Toast.  My calf muscles were barking and I knew what I needed.  I was dreading it but it was the right thing to do.  I plopped my sweaty self into an ice-cold bath.  After a few seconds of uncontrollable shaking I was okay.  I can be a bit dramatic about cold temperatures, ask Ang.  But I stuck it out like a soldier and surprisingly it felt good!  I call it the torture tub. 

I ran 16 miles through rain, crowds, puddles and big bloody blisters.  Oh, for the love of running. :)  No wonder people think we're crazy.

In honor of Thanksgiving, today I am grateful for:
* Wintry Blend coffee from Trader Joe's.
* Petey, the dog we are sitting. He is quite the snuggler.
* My new pair of super sexy boots.
* A long weekend in the near future.
* The chance to run with Angela tonight.

I wish everyone a lot of love and delicious food!  Enjoy your time off and voice your gratitude, that's what it's all about.   

19 comments:

  1. Ooooo... new super sexy boots. :) I want some too!

    I just need to break down and go shopping. I finally went through my closet and boxed up everything that I'm just sick of looking at and took a huge load to the Salvation Army Monday. That didn't leave me with much. lol I love dressing up in cute outfits, but I HATE buying new clothes! I'm kind of a cheap hippie like that. haha

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  2. Thanks for your comments on my blog - and what a great blog you have yourself! Love it. And well done on that 16 miler - you're entitled to feel like toast!

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  3. hi Kate! Great run--look forward to reading more on your blog!!

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  4. Awesome run!

    YAY for super sexy boots.....I think we need a photo of these babies!!

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  5. Congrats on battling your environment and getting the run done!

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  6. hey girlie!
    thanks for the comment on my blog! my brother lives in san diego and I loveeee running there when I come visit, the morning weather is perfectly brisk and by the time I'm finishing my last miles the warm sun is shining! I loveee all the things you are thankful for...puppies&boots!
    I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!
    xoxo!

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  7. I'm drinking TJ's Wintery Blend right now!!! As if coffee wasn't liquid crack for me already...

    I love boots! I no longer own any because the vegan versions are so expensive :(

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  8. I love that I found your blog. It looks great! Excited to catch up on here. I also love coffee from Trader Joes so I'll have to try the Wintry Blend!

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  9. GREAT job on the run!!! Woohoo!

    I have never seen that Wintry Blend from TJ's, but their coffee is great! I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

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  10. Wow, I hardly ever run reverse splits. Good for you. Great job! Just found your blog, looking forward to following you. Good luck in your marathon!

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