Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Don't Take It For Granted

I did something out of character this morning.  I went running before work.  This is a huge challenge for a procrastinator like me.  I usually wait until after work to hit the pavement running but today I didn't have a choice.  I have a hair appointment at 5:30 tonight, so it was morning or not at all.  I may be a procrastinator but I am not lazy.

So I did it.  I popped out of bed at 5:30 AM, drank some coffee and put on my brand new running clothes.  I am so glad that I did.  I was still full from dinner last night (see below) so I ran without needing to fill up the tank. 

Last Night's Dinner = This Morning's Fuel

We made Colleen's chana masala with chickpeas and steamed broccoli from The Vegan Table. Ang took the lead on this dish and it turned out excellent. It was bursting with flavor and the recipe didn't even require any oil. We will definitely be making this again (and again).

Surprisingly alert and energetic for 6 AM, I was happy to be moving.  It was still dark and freezing cold, so I wore layers.  To be fair, it was 47 degrees but it felt like 20 to this "California girl".  I put that in quotes because as most of you know, I am a from the midwest.  Within one year I have lost that Chicago girl inside me and wimper at anything below 50.

I did my usual out-and-back around the neighborhood and into Balboa Park.  The sun was slowly rising and it was starting to feel like morning.  I have become accustomed to running through the park in the dark.  In doing so, I forgot how beautiful it appears in the light of day.  When I reached the fountain I had a clear view of the mountains in the distance.  I took a moment to let it all sink in and then I turned around. 

I didn't take this picture, but isn't it stunning?
View of the fountain at sunrise.

If I had carried my camera on my run I could have captured the pink sky and the view from the bridge.  It was serene and almost breathtaking.  Once the sun began to light up Balboa Park, the slightest intricacies of the spanish buildings became apparent.  They are beautiful in the dark but only under the sun can you truly appreciate them in their entirety. 



I realized it had been quite some time since I actually stopped and enjoyed this precious park.  I live only a few blocks away yet I don't take the time to visit.  I use it as a nightly running route but I rarely stop to smell the roses.  I could have a picnic on the weekends or visit the museums or botanic garden.  Heck, I don't even enjoy sunrise!  I sleep through its beauty every day of the week.

It's kind of like family.  When they live nearby you don't see them as much as you should.  Then you move away and suddenly regret all of the weekends you didn't visit them.  It's even like running.  Anyone who has ever been injured knows this feeling.  Once you can't run, it is the one and only thing you want to do and suddenly you feel as though you didn't appreciate it enough when you had it.  We sometimes take advantage of the things at our disposal every day and no longer feel grateful for them.

Is there anything you have taken for granted and later regretted?

29 comments:

  1. "Freezing" is a relative term. :)
    We had chana masala last night, too!
    I definitely took running for granted until I became injured. After I was okay to run again (two months off), that's when I really started to enjoy it and challenge myself.
    You have a beautiful place to run!

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  2. Wow, you did lose your midwest toughness quickly! :) We had a middle eastern lunch yesterday, so great to have falafel and hummus and biryani! Your dinner looks awesome. Balboa Park looks like a great place to run.

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  3. Good friends. I've taken way more than I've given with friends along the way and I totally regret not making them know how important they were until it was too late and we grew apart. It's something I'm working on now!

    Running pain free is definitely another one. Being sidelined for a year and a half really taught me how important it is to take care of myself.

    Great scenery for your run. It looked just beautiful!

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  4. Your dinner looks delicious and I know how good it is for you! I'm thinking my vegan plan could start with devoting a couple days/week to strictly vegan and moving on from there...what do you think?

    As a midwest girl myself (Omaha, NE), I am completely jealous of your new "Cali" identity!!!

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  5. I love Balboa Park and I miss San Diego - haven't been in months!

    Morning runs are my favorite. I take pix of the sunrise but on my iPhone, the pictures don't do it justice, so I never post them.

    Maybe I will try bringing my little camera on those morning runs now :)

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  6. I have to say, running in Balboa Park when I did RNR San Diego was quite beautiful. Actually, every bit of it was beautiful - I was so deliriously happy to be doing my first marathon, I don't know that anything could have got me down that day! So nice to see pictures of the park. I remember, also, that in Balboa Park was where I saw a blind woman running the marathon. Talk about incredible! (Ok, now that I think about it, I swear we ran through there...but I may not have all of my facts correct...)

    Your dinner looks fabulous!

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  7. hah.i'm feel like if i DON'T get my run in first thing i procrastinate on it like WHOA. yesterday i got a snow day and hopped back into bed after the call and it took me forever to find the motivation to hit the streets!

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  8. there is SO much truth to the bit about not appreciating something until it's gone! as soon as you mentioned it all these things in my life popped up in my mind... so thanks for the reminder to take advantage of all the great things i have NOW!

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  9. Oh my gosh I just came across your blog and I LOVE it!! My dream is to live in SoCal one day because I'm convinced it's just about the closest thing to heaven there is!!

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  10. Kate, thanks for your pops on my bikini shot! It is my fav too!!

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  11. BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS. Little offended you didn't invite me for your early run...I am in town you know:) That dinner looks absolutely amazing!

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  12. Gorgeous pictures!!

    Good for you for getting up to enjoy a great early-morning run! Although sometimes it's hard to tear myself out of bed, I absolutely LOVE working out in the mornings. It just sets my day up for success & puts me in a great mood!

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  13. The answer is YES. I am moving to cali and we're going to be training partners. Did I just double comment on a post...embarrassing... but I guess training partners can do things like that, right? :)

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  14. Mmmm....I'm having an indian food obsession the last couple days-yumm! Glad to have stumbled upon your blog:) Those pics are gorg!

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  15. Hi Kate, thanks for stopping by. It's great to Follow another San Diego Blogger. Ironically enough, I met the legendary Meg just yesterday (as you read in my post). I used to live in Hillcrest and know your 'hood well.

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  16. Of course I would love to train with you in SD!! I would move there in a heart beat! You would easily run circles around me though!

    What races are you planning for 2011? It would be so cool to meet up and I am always looking for suggstions for cool destination races!

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  17. Balboa Park is one of my favorite spots in the city. I don't need a reason to visit, just a sunny day and some parking that's not a world away. I'll go to stroll, with my camera or with a book. Never take it for granted.

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