I am still here. But where the hell have I been? That is a question I had to ask myself. My answer: I took a break. And that’s the story I’m sticking with . Not a real break, else I self-loathe into oblivion. No, I took a mini-break, one filled with more rest that I usually allow myself. And I’m glad I did. Well, not really. But I’m forcing myself to be glad. I’m forcing myself to be content with what is.
To recap: I took some days off after The Hustle. Four to be exact. I figured that the rest would do me good, and that I’d be ready to run up a mountain.
Note to self: I cannot skip the recovery run.
I should have taken my post race blues as a hint to at least hit the dirt for a few miles before attempting to run up a mountain.
But, I didn’t.
I first set my feet to the dirt the Thursday after The Hustle where I met two girlfriends, Kelly and Sheila, in Silverado Canyon, about 3.5 miles past the Maple Springs trailhead. I found the climb up tiring. Quite slow. And hot.
At about 4.25 miles, when we FINALLY reached “Four Corners,” the ladies said that they wanted to put in another .75 miles for an even 5 miles. I gladly stayed behind for some views.
I didn’t begin searching for my pals until a half hour had passed. Unfortunately, I didn’t listen well (lesson: listen!) when they told me which direction they would be travelling. I searched to no avail, couldn’t even find their footprints. Approaching an hour since our departure from each other, I began to REALLY worry. I know these ladies. I know their behavior on trails, and know that they don’t willy-nilly go off unexpectedly. I felt for sure something had happened. I thought to myself, “This is why I run alone!!”
And so, I ran back to “Four Corners,” from my search and in a calm panic, I walked around for a spot with cell-phone connection, and found enough bars to phone my husband. He assured me that I probably mis-understood their intentions, that I should wait for them more, or slowly make my way back down the mountain. As we spoke, I saw one of my friends making her way from a direction that I didn’t expect.
The ladies had no idea how much time had passed and were profusely sorry for worrying me. All was well that ended well. I suppose I over-reacted in my worry.
The next day, Friday (July 24), I took it easy with some ab work on my living room floor, as well as, upper body weights and burpees (both of which I hate).
Sunday (7/27) was a day of rest with a mere ten burpees on the backyard lawn. Really. That’s all I could manage.
Tuesday (7/29), I managed to get in a little run by running out my front door during one hot and humid afternoon before my last teaching day this summer. I ran alongside the beach, past the crowded campgrounds and to the southern city limits. When the sidewalk ended, I turned around and ran back home.
Thursday (7/31), I made this sabbatical official with another trip to my air-conditioned gym. After trying four different elliptical crossramps, I found one in working condition and put in 5.14 miles. I ended the session with a weight session – upper and lower body.
Friday, (8/1) was a true day of rest. I spent this day of rest by dragging my three boys boys down to the corner where we caught a bus to Crystal Cove in Newport Coast. It was a party bus of sort, and we were amused by the raucousness of its young passengers. (One young lad was even kicked off the bus for smoking an E-cigarette). After disembarking we hiked a bit inland (where I often run trails), then we turned back toward the beach for a trip beneath the highway to the sandy beaches there. And we camped out here for a few hours before trekking back up to the highway, and caught another bus, and then another to be dropped off near home:
Saturday (8/2), when I was feeling that I had a long enough sabbatical, but didn’t mind extending it some, I found myself once again in my air-conditioned gym where I pushed through 5.33 miles on the elliptical crossramp, 5.12 miles on the AMT, a good session of upper and lower body weights, 350 crunches on the bench and 50 suspended leg lifts.
And then finally, on Sunday, today (8/3) I pursued my last day of this sabbatical with another session in my air-conditioned gym. Miles recorded: 5.23 on the elliptical crossramp and 2.41 miles on the AMT.
Well then, there -- Sabbatical ended.
This is where the hell I’ve been. I’m happy about it (and I’m sticking with that story )
Okay, then . . . am I crazy?