TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Glad I Did It

With the regular school year over, my hours have changed.  I’m now a teacher in a different program (same school district) called Academic Intervention.  AND I teach mornings.  That of course means that my running schedule has been turned upside down.  But I can deal . . .  I can deal. 

A short run scheduled for today, I packed the truck with running gear with the plan to hit trails nearby my classroom after work.  Turns out, hubby had a meeting and I had to get home A.S.A.P. to pick up our oldest son from his “job.”  I put “job” in quotes because he doesn’t work for pay.  As a second degree black belt, he’s in a “leadership” program which entails teaching, and this week, helping out in a taekwondo summer camp.  ANYWAY, this all put my run off until early evening.  Not good.  Not good at all.  I literally lay on the couch for hours while our youngest sons recovered from a late night sleepover, by playing video games in my room.  By the time I was cleared to run, I didn’t want to run.  It was 4 o’clock.   I was really more into moping than running.  My husband though, quite strongly, INSISTED that I go.  He did not insist for selfish reasons.  He insisted because he knows what’s best for me.  And quite frankly, most of the time I don’t.

Well!  I was a bit perturbed by his “attitude,” so I wasn’t going to do my “short” run around town.  I got on the freeway I drove to some trails.  Then in the glorious dry-ish heat, I ran into Wood Canyon.  Then I ran up a short little single-track called Cholla to West Ridge.  I took a call from my boss while running up and down West Ridge, as I ran in and out of cell service.  Finally getting business relayed, I took off faster for a hardly run to Top of the World in Laguna Beach.

I’m glad I did it.  Rather, I’m glad my husband pushed me out the door.

Running West Ridge in my whitey-whites:

View of the Pacific Ocean from a freshly groomed Park Avenue Nature Trail:

A pose at Top of the World:

Heading back to truck with view of Saddleback Mountains (Santiago & Modjeska Peaks are the two highest peaks in picture):

Recently bulldozed “Good Girls Don’t” – no more gullies and ruts Sad smile:

My Activities Cyn Vistas out and back to top of the world 6-26-2012, Elevation - Distance

4 comments:

  1. I run very early in the morning (between 3:30 and 6:00) so I can relate to that change in attitude needed for a late run. Recently my wife drags me out the door after work to run with her and I must admit I'm lazy to go out but enjoy the runs. She's getting hooked! Your whitey whites look really white and bright!

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    1. That's REALLY early Johann! That is also so awesome that you're wife is getting hooked. I suppose because it's winter there, later runs aren't so terrible. But there's also the "tired" factor. I am dead-dog tired by afternoon.

      I'm running in lighter colors now that it's so hot here!

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  2. Good for your husband! Glad you got out there; I know it's tough to run in the afternoons after work.

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I gave up the Peter's Canyon Summer Trails Series because it's in the early evening.

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