Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When Beer Trumps Running

You  probably won't see a blog title like this for at least another year.

Sorry, I have been MIA the last week.  I forgot that I am not the one on vacation, Katie is.  Living in a place like San Diego, it is easy to get caught up in vacation-mode when there are visitors in town.  For the first time in several years I went an entire weekend without running.  Crazy, I know, but completely worth it. 

Katie's performance on Friday went beautifully.  We had some celebratory cocktails post-performance and danced the night away.  I forgot what a great workout dancing can be.  I lost a pound this weekend, and remember, I didn't run a single mile.  I also ate french fries not once, but twice. 

We took Katie to La Jolla the next day for a tasty lunch in the sun right on the beach. The seals were out in abundance at the cove so we paid them a long visit and admired the pups. We needed Katie to see the sunset from the perfect location so we sped to Torrey Pines before sun down. We found the perfect little nook on the cliff and waited for that beautiful moment.



I love La Jolla

My seal friends



The three of us are the type of people that deeply appreciate the beauty of a sunset, the breeze of the ocean and the smile on someone's face.  Our shared love of life's little things made this sunset one of the most memorable in my life.

The day was far too peaceful and calm to finish it off at a noisy bar.  Instead, I cooked some vegetables and pasta and we shared a few bottles of wine.  Perfect ending to the perfect day!  Katie wrote a beautiful blog post inspired by her time here and wrote some of the kindest words about me and Angela I have ever read.  Check it out here.

Noon the next day, we went to a bar in Pacific Beach to watch the Bears game.  It was packed with loud football fans (mostly Packer fans, unfortunately) but the potent ocean breeze made it all the better.  The beer was overflowing in our giant challices and my favorite 90s music was playing at every commercial break.  The plan was to run home from the bar after the game and squeeze in 12 miles.  Yeah.  That did not happen.  Once you put a beer in my hand and play some cheesy music from my favorite decade, there is no pulling me away. 


Kiss the sun

We stayed for 8 hours.  It was college re-visited but with better people and views of the ocean instead of Wal-Mart.  Angela and I hardly drink these days because, let's face it, a hangover isn't the best way to start a 20 mile run.  On the other hand, it can be the perfect way to spend your first day of taper.

 Don't worry, I made up that 12 mile run on the treadmill at 6pm last night.  It was the price I had to pay and it was worth every penny.

48 comments:

  1. I love the PB Shore Club - the beers are worth it - sometimes runs can wait!

    Glad you had a great weekend with friends! Can't wait to see an ocean sunset again, you lucky lady! :)

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  2. ..." the perfect way to spend your first day of taper." love. that.

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  3. What a great weekend. Time with loved ones and friends can't be replaced. However, as you know, a run can always be made up.
    I love La Jolla. We were there a few years ago with the fam. It's beautiful! And you live there. Lucky.

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  4. Beautiful pictures you gorgeous grls!!! D is where it is at as I am looking the 70 degree temperature on your blog.

    Beer was a just another fuel source for a long run! Glad you had a fab weekend!

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  5. Such beautiful words from Katie, and I think they are quite true.

    Firs weekend in years without running? Wow! One day I'll be like that... I feel like running comes and goes with me. Marathon training will cure that!

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  6. Just found your blog from Chris K's blog..love these pictures...I am in So Cal also but sadly not close to the ocean like you!!!

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  7. I think you did exactly what you needed to do this weekend.

    Beer + 90s music puts me in my happy place, too. So funny.

    I'll have to check Katie out at one of her concerts in Nashville since I live here. Thanks for the head's up!

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  8. Love Torrey Pines and La Jolla, really miss living in SoCal!

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  9. There a thrift store a block and a half from my house that actually separates out its athletic bottoms (not the tops, not sure why). I've been trying to hit it up once a week lately to see what I can find. I have a feeling in the next few months there should be a ton more exercise clothes, what with people quitting their new year resolutions.

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  10. This, to me, is a win. Gallons of beer + french fries and you have a 1 pound deficit? Well played.

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  11. I can't believe you ran 12 miles on a treadmill in the evening! You are insane!! I wish I had that motivation. I would have just skipped the run!

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  12. I used to lov to surf La Jolla cove, and Blacks down by Torre. I rarely make the trek down south to surf anymore. But the weather was as good there as it was here apparenly.

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  13. Nothing like spending that quality time with quality friends!

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  14. Oh that sounds like a fabulous weekend, dreadmill torture or not. ;)

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  15. My condolences on the Bears!

    My husband and I were in New Orleans over the holidays and spent an entire Sunday at a French Quarter bar watching football with half the city. I'm an Eagles fan, he lives and dies by the Patriots, and we were in Saints territory - it was quite a day :)

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  16. Ha! I totally had to ask Amanda what Noob was too?! You are right! It is short for NewBIE!!

    I love the sub title on this post! I bet the guys (Chris K, Kovas, Patrick) will try to change your mind after your Nor Cal trail run!

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  17. Best weekend ever! Wow... an 8-hour bar tab. That had to hurt!

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  18. I love T.P. State Park, never get sick of it. I think I found some great trails to run to get ready for April. Not sure if you follow Meg from Encinitas, but her hubby is a hard core trail runner.

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  19. What a great week you've had - you know how to taper girl! and your weather - well done you on following your dreams and heading out to Southern CA because it is clearly working out for you.

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  20. great pictures...makes me miss SD more and more. Can't wait until June when I get to come back.

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  21. Sounds like such an awesome weekend! I'm looking forward to my trip to SD next week!!! :)

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  22. You're coming to San Diego next week? I hope the weather holds up! We had 2 weeks of pure sunshine and warmth. HIgh 70s and sunny. :)

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  23. Love all the photos, I have to see your happy face. It makes me so happy too!

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  24. HOW FUN! Your outfit in the bottom pics is DARLING, and I love your sunset photos. You girls are so pretty! I'm glad you had such a fun weekend.
    I am so excited that you are tapering!! The race is almost here! Are you stoked?? How is your running group at work going?
    xoxoxo

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  25. SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK!! Girl, you are so so gorgeous...loved all the pics and glad you had such a fun week...you deserve it. Yay for french fries and even better going dancing, I miss that!! I have fam in La Jolla!! We totally are meeting up this summer whether you like it or not! have a great day gorgeous!

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  26. I *did* lose my marbles.

    I mean, check this: The only person I've ever known to do a 24 hour race was my brother Sky. He was on a relay team. They did it around a track. He has been telling me for months how awful it was.

    And I refuse to listen.

    BUT, he did agree to be my overnight support cheerleader, so I guess he lost his marbles, too.

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  27. The beach pictures are fantastic - that lighting!! It perfectly framed three gorgeous girls!

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  28. I wish I could head over to the beach and watch some football and drink some beer in the sun. But that would be a 10 hour drive for me. :( You are lucky to do that! Soak up the sun. I shouldn't be saying it, but the running can be done later. And you did it, great job! :)

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  29. Beautiful. Just beautiful. You. Your writing. Your pictures. Where you live. This weekend. Wish I knew you better...I'd hop on a plane and come for a girl weekend! makes me want to pack up and move. One of these days I say there needs to be a big blog meet up in your neck of the woods.

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  30. I'm so jealous of you right now. What a gorgeous place you live in!
    It's okay to take a running break--you deserved it! Glad you enjoyed your time with your friend.

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  31. WOW o WOW!!! Gorgeous! Sounds like the absolute perfect couple days! :)

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  32. I don't know why I don't like sugary things for breakfast. Our favorite brunch spot has like, 47 different kinds of pancakes, and everyone goes nuts over them, but, man, bacon, eggs, potatoes. That's all I want for brunch/massively delayed breakfast. And occasionally dinner.

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  33. I love San Diego; your photos are fantastic! We all need a little beer, a few friends and a little rest sometimes - it is good for us!

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