Saturday, April 4, 2009

Eight Is Enough

This morning was the "Train Run" with West Coast Road Runners. I've done the Train Run once before in 2000, when I was training for the Honolulu Marathon with Team In Training. This is where we take the train from Solana Beach to Oceanside, then run the 16 miles back. Alas, because of my shoulder injury and Todd's calf injury, we decided it would be a bad idea to run the whole 16 miles. So Todd came up with a scheme where we would drive two cars and drop his car off at the finish by the Solana Beach train station, then he would get in my car and drive eight miles north to Carlsbad. We would time it so that I would start running about 15 minutes before him, and he would start running when his normal running group came down from Oceanside. The whole scheme would have worked very well, except that the group taking the train had a 15 minute pep talk at the train station in Oceanside, so that Todd had to wait a long while before he saw his group arriving at Poinsettia Lane in Carlsbad. I ran the whole time by myself, since I was ahead of the WCRR schedule. Boy I found the eight miles difficult today! I think it's because I had been taking my muscle relaxant medication all week before bed each night. While it helped my shoulder and back so that I didn't wake up all stiff and sore, it didn't help my legs. My legs felt weak and I was pretty slow with the eight miles. I finished with a 1:39:39 time and was really just glad that I finished. It was a bright sunny day too, but not too hot. Lifeguard station at the beach in Carlsbad. First of two Roberto's Taco Shops that I ran by. (If I would have ran from Oceanside, there would have been three Roberto's!) The Bar Leucadian. When Todd played with the band Blizzard, they played here twice. A huge line in front of the famous coffee shop Pannikin in Encinitas. Lou's Records in Encinitas, where we saw Jon Forman of Switchfoot play once. City of Encinitas sign: This place used to be called the Martini Ranch. Todd played here with The Northstar Session many times. View from Swami's in Encinitas. This is our usual running route, so I was in familar territory. The little dots in the water are surfers in their wetsuits. A view of Swami's from the south, as surfers walk down the path to the beach. I'm just really glad to finish the run and feel pretty good. No major aches and pains! I came home and rested. Then ate lunch and took a nap. Then it was time to meet up with two of my friends from high school, Lara and Sara, and their families, at Sammy's Woodfire Pizza in Point Loma. I just saw Lara two weeks ago when the two of us and Sally got together. But I haven't seen Sara since December 1988! So I haven't seen her in 20 years, but she still looks the same! There were lots of reminiscing and catching up. I also met Sara's husband Joydeep and her two kids as well. It was such a joy to see her again, after all these years. They are visiting San Diego from Virginia, where they live now. But they used to live in San Diego in the 90's, when Sara went to med school here. Everyone but Todd, he was taking the picture. The husbands: After dinner, we drove down the street to Sunset Cliffs to watch the sunset. I've been living in San Diego for almost 10 years and I've never been here! It was gorgeous. I love this photo with the some of the houses lit up: Catching up with Sara (and Lara again) was so much fun. I wish Sara and her family lived closer. Now I'll have to find some old HS photos of us and post them next to the current photos, just for fun. :)


  1. I'm really glad that you finished the run and your are feeling well!

    Wonderful shots of the surroundings!

    I´ll wish I could see this sometimes in reality! ... maybe...

    Great to see Sara after 20 years!!

  2. Beautiful pix! I also did the train run this morning. I could comment on every one of your pictures. (Does the line into Pannikin ever end?) I loved all the WCRR markings on the streets. There were some outside of Carlsbad that just made me smile. Whoever marks your route is funny (I think it was something about TJ being 47 miles away...put it all in perspective...)

    I stopped at about 12 miles in Encinitas too. 12 miles was far enough.

    Hope your shoulder feels better!

  3. Christine, we ALMOST ALWAYS have wind down here, it was truly a miraculous blessing that we had a PERFECT evening for our beach gathering. Seriously, a windless perfect night is maybe a twice annual thing!

  4. **forgot to mention that your photos are amazing - straight from paradise :D

  5. I can't believe you had never been to Sunset Cliffs! I used to live right near there- and go jogging along that road! Your pictures make me homesick for a visit to San Diego! (this is Mary Henry, btw)

  6. Fantastic pictures! Wow. I felt like I went on the run with you. What a busy day! You must be exhausted. I am so impressed you are able to run that far. I might run that far during the week chasing my kids but it's in bits and pieces lol. I could never run that far in one shot! Great job.

  7. Wow, the pics from your run are really gorgeous, as they always are! Do you ever not have a blue sky? ;) Great that you finished the 8 miles, hope you feel well tomorrow (today) too!
    So fun to meet up with old friends! I love facebook just for this, to be able to see what old classmates are doing today. =)

  8. Beautiful pictures! And I'm so happy that you were able to run..good for you! Have a great week!

  9. I have to laugh at Erika's you ever NOT have blue skies? LOL!! Seriously, it is so amazing living here! I do wish that I lived by the beach, but I did live my first 20 years a block from the beach so I can't complain! Amazing photos...and how fun to get together with old friends!!


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