Saturday, August 22, 2009

Rainy Five Miles

Our good friend Anne told us she was hosting a San Diego Track Club run at Lake Miramar today, so we decided to go join the run over there instead of running with our usual running club. We did balk a little at the 6:30am starting time. And let me tell you, when that alarm went off at 5:30am today, nobody budged, LOL! However, ten minutes later, we knew we had to get out of bed if we were to make the run, so we begrudgingly did. When we opened our garage door, it was still a little dark outside. Photobucket And then we got a surprise on our way to Lake Miramar: RAIN! Todd said, "If it's going to rain steadily, I'm not doing it." Raining in August in San Diego is a really rare thing, so we're not used to it. Good thing it wasn't raining hard, or we really would have bailed. When we got to the parking lot, we were still waiting for the rain to stop. We stepped out of the car, and suddenly Anne was waving at us. Doh! We HAD to run now that she saw us! The run actually turned out to be rather easy, because it wasn't hot. We've run at Lake Miramar many many times, so the loop was very familiar to us. Here we are starting out. Photobucket I actually didn't take that many photos during this run, because let's face it, it was dreary and rainy. Photobucket I concentrated my efforts at chi running again, using my core muscles to propel my legs and arms, and relaxing my shoulders. It did not feel quite as effortless as last week, but I was still faster than my usual pace, and it did feel like I was making less effort. My fastest mile was a 10:12 mile for mile 3. I averaged a 10:27 min/mile pace for the five mile run, which is really good for me. Photobucket I'm a true convert to this chi running now! I have Anne to thank, for introducing me to this concept. Here's Todd's stats. He was, as usual, a lot faster than me. Photobucket However, he did feel discomfort in his right knee still, so he's not fully recovered from his nagging injury yet, despite the two months of physical therapy. :( Here we are, after the run. Photobucket Talk about keeping it real! Sweaty faces with little dead bugs on them. Gross! Anne was the best run host ever! Not only did she set up the water station, but she also brought frozen fruits as post-run goodies. I had never eaten frozen grapes before, and let me tell you, I'm in love! I love the texture and the sweetness combined. What a great after-run treat! Todd took a picture of me and Anne before we left. Photobucket To read more about the run today and see a better photo of me and Todd, go to Anne's post here. The rest of today... lunch at Bongiornos: Photobucket Napped. Watched football. Had dinner at Santana's: Photobucket Photobucket It is AWESOME to have Todd home again!

6 comments:

  1. glad your Todd is back again!!! Sure you enjoy it!!

    Love to see all of your pictures and the food looks always so yummy. Here it´s know 8.15 am on Sunday, the sun is shining again but it´s very cold with only 11° C degrees. We´ll have breakfast soon. After that we´ll make a bike ride!

    Wish you a wonderful Sunday together with Todd!

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  2. YAY..Todd's in the house! It was hard to get through last week without a picture of Todd waiting patiently to eat his food. ;)

    It rains almost everyday here in August..summer thunderstorms..of course, each morning begins with about 98% humidity, so when the rain finally falls, it's a welcomed relief. (OK, maybe not 98% humidity, but close..enough to make your hair fall flat!)

    To follow bentonflocke's cue, It's now 7:18am on Sunday morning here in NC...it is cloudy and humid. I am dressed for church, drinking my coffee, waiting to see if my charges will get out of bed on their own, or will they need a little 'help' from me.

    Have a restful Sunday!

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  3. Thanks so much for getting up extra early and joining us yesterday. It made the morning even more special for me. We usually have 2x the crowd, but I like the smaller group -- especially when I'm hosting and bringing food.

    I'm glad Todd is back too. The two of you go together like peanut butter and jelly.

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  4. OMG!! Christine. Love the run and thx for the info on chi running but I am commenting because u had to break out the beans and chips right. Remind me not to read ur blog in the AM now I am craving nachos. lol!!

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  5. Yay! Todd's home! I know you are super excited to have him back!
    I had a great, great, great stress relieving run yesterday. I went out after a sudden downpour (gotta love August in NC) and the humidity was much better.
    Hopefully I'll get out again tomorrow if my heel isn't bothering me too much!
    Have a great Monday!

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  6. Looks like a nice run even though the weather wasn't too good. Glad that you continue enjoying the chi-running!

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