Monday, September 28, 2009

Mixed Emotions

Last week we had some rather toasty start-of-Fall weather here. It was in the 90s in my neighborhood on a few days, which is normally 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the county. My inland friends baked with temperatures in the 100s. We usually feel no need for an air conditioner. We just gather every fan we own and turn them all on and say we're buying an air conditioner NEXT year. Logan and Cruiser are usually never seen in the same room together, let alone just inches away. Barking and hissing are usually involved. Here they are within a couple of inches of each other. I think they might have touched once.

Too hot to care. There's a fan on the floor, by the way.

Saturday morning I ran with Rehab United instead of the San Diego Track Club. I had mixed feeling about this because the SDTC is like the boyfriend, and I was cheating on him with RU. I have a lot of wonderful friends at the track club and I did miss them on Saturday, but I needed to change my training and work on issues that are specific to me, and RU offers that, along with an intense strength training and running session on Wednesday evenings. One major difference is the number of people. There's probably about 30 people who are training with RU exclusively for the Las Vegas Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. The SDTC has about 125 half marathon/whatever members training for several events, even if they don't all show up at the same time. I'm also training for the Silver Strand Half Marathon, which is about 2 weeks before Las Vegas. I need more miles than the folks training for the half at this point, but less than the people training for the full. Another difference is the warm-up and stretch, which is combined. The running part is, well, running. The location is different, but it's not like I went to Mars. We ran from the RU location over at Carmel Mountain Road, to Torrey Pines State Beach and back. I didn't take on the entire hill at Torrey Pines, just a little bit of it, which was plenty. I ran mostly with the marathoners who were putting in 14 miles, but turned back at around right before mile 4, just so I could get in at least 7 miles total. The return miles were by myself, but not unnoticed, and I was grateful . Two runners who didn't need to put in the 14 miles came back behind me just to make sure I was OK. One more marked difference is pictures. There aren't any with the RU group. At some point I'm just going to take it upon myself to take pictures. The run on Saturday was breathtaking. It was cool, foggy and we were running along side the beach. It was like being in a dream sequence in a movie. I loved it, however I have no pictures to share of how dream-like it was. Here's a map from my BiM run tracker page. I know, it's not the same thing, but that's where I was:

The stats:

Distance: 7.69 miles
Time: 1:23:21
Speed: 5.5 mph
Pace: 10' 51 /mi
Calories: 736

...and not just one hill.

Wednesday's song:
Deep Inside Of You - Third Eye Blind - Barbie2be



Meg Runs said...

I know what you mean, that area is gorgeous and that's the reason we run! Sometimes in these beautiful places, you just get lost in the moment!

Jo Lynn said...

We are one of the coldest cities in our county too. Ah, but you know that because your brother lives here, right? My daughter was just asking last night if we ever thought of buying air conditioning. Seriously, it's like less than five days a year that we even consider needing it. Like you, every fan goes up and ON in the house and our animals (2 cats and Boomer) get as long and as flat as they can. Far away fronm each other. LOL

Aka Alice said...

Nice run! We missed you (but you knew that already!)

I forgive you for cheating on us :-)

WADDLER26.2 said...

Great run.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

You know it's hot when the cat and dog are coexisting peacefully just to cool off on the tile... :-)

Glenn Jones said...

Interesting. These are some of the exact beefs I have with my current club - Cal Coast. Yeah we all meet on Saturday mornings for our long runs, but there are a bunch of people all training for their own events. I find myself alone by mile 4 for the duration of my run. Sounds like RU has it a little more together.

And yes - I'm enjoying taper!

Anonymous said...

Awesome run!

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

Good run! It helps to mix it up a bit. I belong to two tri clubs. One is very well established and offers many things where as the other is a newly formed club that I am trying to help promote. I sometimes feel like I am cheating on the new club when I do activities with the larger club.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

I've been cheating... and finally confessed to my running group after i found my tri group... i'm going to SF with the running group in Oct, so hoping that they won't have me sleep outside lol but i'm hoping they'll join me in the tri world next year! Cute pic!

Twincerely,Olga said...

Just wanted to say hi! I am a running too and really like your blog! My daughter lived in San for awhile! It is gorgeous there!!

Anonymous said...

Too funny about Logan and Cruiser! (Love the names btw!) I have a pic where all 3 cats and my one dog are on my bed all at once. PLUS ME! Needless to say it was a little crowded!

Cheating on your BF! Too funny. Glad it was good and sometimes you have to branch out to achieve the results you want!

Irene said...

I love getting lost in the moment!

That's so funny because it's only get's hot for about 10 days total, and everyone complains! LOL. We really don't need an air conditioner.

AKA Alice,
Awwww, thanks.


Sometimes they just bust me up! They don't get along, other wise!

I'm trying to get the best of both worlds!

It was a great view. Thanks!

Like I told Glenn, I'm trying to get the best of both. It's all good.

Tri and running are two different clubs, so I'm sure the running club will let you in their rooms! LOL.

Hi, it's really nice to meet you. I've been in SD almost forever and it's definitely home.

Logan came with the name when we adopted her from the Humane Society, and Cruiser was named by my son when he was 4.