TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Monday, May 9, 2011

When the Party’s Over

Sunday I rested.  Monday, today, it was back to a busy schedule.  And I felt down.  The race is over.  The instant it ends, I’m happy.  A couple days later though, I’m sad about it all ending.  I relive the race again and again in my head.  And I feel like I have nothing to look forward to training-wise.  Especially now.  I have only 2 more races planned for this year.  And they aren’t until October and September. 

This morning I found myself scouring the internet for trail races.  I had to stop myself.  No! I said.  Just run and have some fun.  Work on getting strong.  It’s time to take a rest from races.

And so I went to the gym, worked on strength training and then swam some laps.  It was so, so, so anti-climatic. 

I went to work fatigued.  But I packed along my running gear.  And after the last student left, I picked a corner of the classroom where I could change without being seen.  Then I took off running in the cool breeze all the way home.  The run didn’t make me feel any better overall.  But I sure enjoyed just running and not caring about a thing.

ps.  In all fairness, I must put some blame on my depression on the fact that someone got a hold of my debit card number and emptied out our checking account over the weekend!   The bank is returning the money, but it will take 3 to 5 days. 

Miles run today: 6.4

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After running along San Juan Creek, I always enjoy running this bridge over Trabuco Creek to get to the river walk (“bike trail)”CIMG0154

10 comments:

  1. I'm sure you can throw in a rec or two before October...? I will die a slow death if I only run so few races. That said, some relaxing and fun on the trails will do you good. I love that photo at the bridge. Sorry to hear about the money, that really sucks.

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  2. You're definitely justified in being bummed out!
    I'm glad you're getting your money back, though.
    Hang in there, girl!

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  3. Urgh, that really sucks. I just had to cancel my credit card a couple of weeks ago because of fraudulent charges so I can understand your frustration. ::hugs::

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  4. With your hectic schedule, I don't think a little more rest would hurt you one bit!

    Hey, I ride my bike across that bridge on my way to and from work in San Clemente!

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  5. People suck! Its not a trail race but Jodeen and I just signed up for the Laguna Hills half on Memorial day.

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  6. Johann, I most likely will throw in a race or 2. Thing is I'm purely trail nowadays. And those are hard to find. The money thing really sucked, because I took it personal. But in reality, the thieves never even saw my face. All is good now, money is recovered. Worst part is I may have to testify in court. did you receive my shipment yet?

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  7. Thanks for reading Jessie. I REALLY appreciate reading comments like yours.

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  8. Green Girl: Frustration big, but so glad to run. Thanks so much for your support. Hope to see you in person some day. Still practicing the Chi-running, but I don't have it down perfectly yet, though much improvement.

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  9. Tom! Yours was one of the comments deleted by blogspot when they went "down." So funny that we cross the same bridge. Definately not at the same time, because if anybody, I would have recognized you! I'm figuring you get off around 5, and I don't get out til 6 something, so chances that we'll pass are slim. Wouldn't it be funny if we did? Be on the lookout.

    ps. I really like that bridge.

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  10. Jeremy, yours was also one of the comments that Blogger deleted. You know the Saddleback Memorial half sounds very, very tempting. I'm considering. : )

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