Saturday, February 17, 2007
A Little Spring in My Step
This morning I again volunteered to work an aid station for our track club's marathon training program, passing out water and Gookinaid with two highly inspirational runners. Our station was near the Visitor's Center within the Mission Bay recreational complex. This time I planned ahead and wore running attire to go for a quick one (as in time, not pace) once we were done.
If you've ever vacationed in San Diego, chances are you stopped by Mission Bay. Its parks, beaches and waterfronts are beautiful yearround and today was no exception. (The bay's water quality is another story....) I could not help smiling at everyone as I took in the fit and the fortunate -- young families, lovers, tourists, senior citizens and plenty of rowers and runners -- all enjoying what we here sometimes take for granted: perfect spring-like weather. The recent rains had left the grassy earth beneath my feet spongy and forgiving -- perfect for someone heading into a trail run in a few weeks. I even did a few laps around big tree roots for practice since my path was otherwise obstacle-free.
I was running about four hours later and 30 degrees warmer than usual for me, and my effort reflected it. Still, if it weren't for the need to return home and meet up with a friend, I could have kept going...around Fiesta Island....SeaWorld...over the bridges to Crown Point...and back through Pacific Beach until I hit Mission Bay Drive again. Yeah, it was that fun of a run.