Friday, April 13, 2012

Running Bliss!

I have been in heaven this week.  I haven't won the lottery and I'm not on vacation.  I've just been running again.  It's as simple as that.  Running is all it takes to make me the happiest girl on earth. Knock wood-- I think I am officially injury free! 

I met Ang last night for an after-work run at our favorite place, Torrey Pines.  I write about the trails at TP, probably too often, because I am still in awe of the vast beauty that is Torrey Pines State Reserve.  I will never tire of the jagged cliffs, the unusual plant-life, or the stunning ocean views that make me feel like just a speck on this earth.


At one point during our run, I shouted "I love running!" at the top of my lungs as I leaped into the air like a child.  Nothing gets me as excited about life as running.  It's exhilarating.  I can be completely exhausted and ready for a nap, but the moment I get outside and start running, I feel more alive than ever.  Last night was one of those instances.  I was tired, slightly cranky, and ready for bed as soon as my work day ended.  But luckily I had promised Angela that I'd meet her for a sunset trail run.  I was slightly dreading having to move.  A sedentary night with my kindle seemed way more appealing.  Somehow, as soon as we hit the road and made our way toward the trails overlooking the ocean, I felt alive and well and ready to run full-speed ahead.  It ended up being an incredible run, and the sunset was one in which the sun was a blazing hot pink.  We stopped a few times to stretch and absorb the views -- something that we make a point of doing every time we run here.


We finished our run feeling like we just spent an hour at the spa.  Refreshed and rejuvenated.  We decided to stuff ourselves silly with leafy greens and indian curry lentil soup at Soupplantation.  Talk about a perfect Thursday night!  I am so lucky to have a life partner (did I just use that term?) that is also my running partner.  I can't imagine live or running without her. 

Boston is just 3 days away!  Good luck to all of my favorite bloggers out there that are running on Monday.  Don't stress about the 80 degree temps -- just RUN HAPPY!  You're all amazing women and have all been such an inspiration.  I wish I could be there to meet you and share in the Boston Marathon experience!  Sending love and well wishes.   

P.S. I may have registered for the Long Beach Marathon in October.  :)  I really needed something to set my sights on. 

50 comments:

  1. I love you attitude.
    So awesome.
    Yay LB!!!!

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  2. I love reading this! I'm so glad you're back at it. Fantastic way to celebrate it last night.

    And glad you are registered for a fall race. you will be so driven to kill the pace there!

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  3. Nothing beats getting back in the saddle :)

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  4. "Just Run HAPPY!" ...that really says it all, doesn't it?

    So glad you are blissfully running again! Yay!

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  5. Great post, Kate! You described the joy of running perfectly!

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  6. fantastic happy post!
    I will be there in LB!
    I signed up for the Half!

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  7. KATE!!!! Oh honey...I am so happy you have had such an amazing week of running and I totally agree with you about running making you the happiest girl. I am the same way. I am so sorry about missing out on Boston but there will always be another Boston and maybe we will get to run together at the next one:) Beautiful views!

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  8. Good to hear you are injury free again - running is the only activity I have consistently stuck with the last 18 years. Yoga to some extent, but it always comes back to running.

    SO, I'm totally going to do the Cinco de Mayo 5 miler, barring any work thing or whatever, that gets in the way. But I love the idea of a mid-week, after work race (and I work in UTC, so I'm pretty close to the Lake). Hopefully I'll see you there (and I won't be a ragged/injured mess still from the Ragnar Ultra experience).

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  9. Those are such beautiful pictures of the trail you run. I can see why you love it so much.

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  10. so so so happy for you! and maybe just a wee bit jealous of those gorgeous trails and sunsets ; )

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  11. SO SO SO SO happy to hear that you're back running and SO SO SO SO jealous of where you run - girlfriend you're back!

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  12. Yay! I am so glad that you have been able to run again and that it brings you so much joy.

    I had a great run/walk today and it was absolute bliss! And I sang to myself as I ran.

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  13. Kate,
    It is so wonderful to have my "sole-mate" back ;) I missed running with you so much! I am so grateful we share the same love and passion for running. We have so many amazing running memories, and I look forward to making many more- so don't over do it, and stay INJURY FREE!

    I love you! <3 Looking forward to running with you in just a few hours :)

    Angela

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  14. WAHOO!!!!! Girl, you're gonna BQ again in LB and be in Boston before you know it. I'm so, so, so happy that you are BACK!

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  15. So glad to hear you're feeling better. Yay YOU!
    Barb
    My Running Shortz

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  16. I love it! I feel exactly the same about running :) And ohhh SD running, Torrey Pines, I know I live in HI, but I can't explain how much I love to run where you live. It's gorgeous!

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  17. Yay for running again! Your photos are beautiful!

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