This morning I walked to the bus stop at 5:30 AM, beneath dark skies with pepper spray in hand. The bus as usual pulled up ON THE DIME. I don’t know how they manage that, arriving at the bus stop exactly on time. Being Monday morning, the bus was much more crowded than I’m used to. All the more people-watching for me! It’s especially interesting on the public bus. Loved it. There were a few cooks/chefs being dropped in front of resort hotels, one of them held a skateboard in his arms. There were what we call “bag ladies,” retired people, and others on their way to early morning jobs. The bus driver even stopped once and strolled out to use a gas station bathroom.
About 45 minutes after boarding, I pulled the cord for my stop: Crystal Cove State Park. My goal: to run through three parks, Crystal Cove Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness, across Laguna Canyon and through Aliso/Wood Canyons Wilderness, and then onto the road for the last few miles to home.
The trails were pretty empty on the north side of Laguna Canyon. The weather was perfectly cool, the trails delightful. The only big downside of today’s run was that as I finished up Aliso/Wood with a run down (yes down!! : ) Meadows Trail, an ache grabbed my left knee. And with each step the pain increased. Funny thing, when I stopped to walk, the pain disappeared. Anyway, being that I was a little over 15 miles at the ranger station with a knee that didn’t want to run, and a runner (me) who didn’t want to make it worse for my race, I decided to call home for a ride.
Felt good to get out for a run today, as I’ve taken time off from the run. In addition to the knee however, I will report that I suffered again from the mental fatigue that I’ve been plagued with. Regardless, beauty surrounded me throughout my 15.29 miles, and I couldn’t help but smile.
Scenes from The Run:
Looking Forward on No-Name: