Allowing myself the freedom to choose whether or not I would run Chicago has actually made me WANT to run Chicago. Getting back into long runs has been slow-going but after yesterday I feel ready and able to do this.
My New Toy!
I picked up Angela from work yesterday in my new jeep. The day prior I bought the most fitting SoCal vehicle, perfectly equipped for a surfboard and the beach. When Ang hopped in the Jeep she was still reeling from The U.S. Women's win against Brazil. She gave me a play by play of the game and her excitement had me all pumped up. Female athletes are so inspiring, especially this group of women. They are are so incredibly fit and (after watching the highlights) it was clear that they gave their everything out on the field. It was amazing and Ang's energy was contagious.
We cruised over to Swami’s Beach and met up with Theresa, one bad ass woman of 40 (that looks 30) with a rocking body. She is also running Chicago and she served as my fit-body inspiration as I ran behind her. We set off for 14 miles in the hot sun and we managed it just fine. Toward the end our pace definitely slowed but we all felt fine afterward. We rushed into the ocean and gave ourselves a nice little ice bath. My calves thanked me today.
Surf Sign by Swami's Beach
Days like yesterday make me so grateful to be living in San Diego. I can’t imagine living without a coastline of beaches at my fingertips and mild weather year round. I am wimpy in extreme heat and miserable in the cold. I have found my paradise here. The laid back attitude and peacefulness is greater than I ever imagined AND I can take my top off any month of the year. My Jeep top that is.
I am now in the market for a surfboard-- The perfect cross training tool. :)