Sunday, December 18, 2011

Trail Running in Paradise

I know I say it often, and I'll say it again, I live in a runner's paradise.  I really do.  I own a treadmill and I will admit to running on it during my weekday runs simply because it is winter which means it's dark and cold (59 degrees at night - freezing cold by my wimpy standards).

But when I have a chance to run in the daylight, the possibilities are endless.  I got out of work at noon on Friday and met Ang at Torrey Pines for a 7 mile, hilly, twisty trail run on some gorgeous cliffs overlooking the ocean.
This is a cell phone picture.  It doesn't do justice.

The soft surface mixed with the hills and the constant turning and changing of directions makes for such a challenging workout.  When you're finished you feel accomplished and you know that run made you stronger.  I love that feeling.

The next day we went on yet another hilly, challenging trail run.  We finished feeling exalted!  Angela and I may be the sappiest, cheesiest couple ever.  We are constantly talking about how wonderful and beautiful life is and how lucky we are to enjoy this gorgeous place that is San Diego and how great it is that we have each other to run with and share this experience with.  To summarize, you'd probably be so annoyed by our incessant joyful chatter.   But running does that to you, right?   It just feels so good that you can't help but to say positive things and think happy thoughts.  Am I right?

The best running surface...

Maybe I've been injured for too long and I am just way too happy to be back in training mode, but running is truly like a drug.  Anyone that says there is no such thing as a runner's high needs to go on a run with me.

Running helps us to see the beauty and wonder in everything around us.  Last night Angela and I saw the most stunning, hot pink and purple sunset, which we would have missed if we weren't out running.  Being a runner allows me to spend hours at a time taking in ocean views and and beautiful trails.  I get to see the smiling faces of other runners out doing the same thing with their spare time.  We share a common bond.   We should be grateful for this and I think we should all realize how wonderful it is to be a runner.  It's a gift.  


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IN OTHER RUNNING NEWS....

I pre-ordered Unbreakable, the movie about some of the incredible people that run the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile footrace in the world.  You'll see some familiar names, like my favorite, Jenn Shelton, featured in 'Born to Run'.  Click here to watch a trailer.  You just may be whipping out your credit card too.  It instantly gave me chills.  I am hoping my copy arrives before Christmas so Ang and I can have a special, holiday viewing party.  I really wish all of you lived nearby and we could have a big Unbreakable Party!

I will write a review once I watch it.  Happy trails!

41 comments:

  1. Running certainly does stimulate positive and happy thoughts, especially trail running in beautiful places - like the cliff run in your photograph. I'm with you all the way.
    As I said in my latest Blog post, I dread the day when I can no longer run.
    As you said - Happy trails!

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  2. Beautiful pictures!
    I just went to see the trailer of the movie and told my husband to put that on my Christmas or birthday (january) list. I did not know about this movie. Thank you for putting the link!
    Happy Holidays to you and Angela!

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  3. I just blogged today reminiscing about my favorite routes when I was living in San Diego. As always, I am very jealous.

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  4. Beautiful!! I need to get to the beach trails around here soon. I get too lazy on my boring routes and could use something better.

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  5. "We are constantly talking about how wonderful and beautiful life is and how lucky we are to enjoy this gorgeous place that is San Diego and how great it is that we have each other to run with and share this experience with."
    LIKE LIKE LIKE! :)
    Running is a gift, gratefulness is also a wonderful wonderful gift. It sounds like you are both much blessed... thank you for sharing it with the world as well.

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  6. I had totally forgotten about that movie. I wonder if it's on Netflix...

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  7. Gorgeous photos!
    I was just in town this past week, but didn't make it out to Torrey Pines. Thanks for giving me a dose. :)

    That said, my nighttime run in Balboa Park (all the holiday lights!) was pretty fantastic in the same sort of "how lucky we are" way. :)

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  8. You certainly live in runner's paradise. I have to travel by car to get to the trails. My week runs are all on the road and I only get to the trails on weekends.

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  9. I always love your pictures. Amazing!

    Also, I preordered Unbreakable about 3 weeks ago! I am so freaking excited for the movie to finally arrive! I keep watching the trailer hoping it will tide me over...instead, it just gets me more excited!

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  10. Wow, that seriously is the best running trail I've ever seen! I would run that every day if I had the chance. The only place I can think of that looks somewhat similar to that was when I was hiking in Ireland (city of Howth), on a trail that looked somewhat similar to that. Amazing views on your run!
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  11. Beautiful! You're very lucky.

    ❀Barbara❀
    My Running Shortz

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  12. ummm those pictures are ridiculous! i might be just a wee bit jealous ; ) i had the pleasure of watching a screening of "unbreakable" last week and it was incredible. just did a review, actually. i also ordered a copy and can't wait to watch the action again!

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