SAN DIEGO – Peace negotiations continue between a San Diego runner and her body after the latter felt betrayed earlier today on a “fun run” through scenic sections of La Jolla and Del Mar.
“We were duped,” according to the legs.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, admits she ran five miles and 45 minutes longer than expected but claims she just got swept up by the crowds of San Diego Track Club and Team in Training participants planning to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in June. Officials estimate up to 500 people took part in the pre-Easter training run that includes climbing over slick rocks and then running for miles along a tranquil beach before hitting both rolling, seaside landscape and one exceptionally demanding hill.
Much of the course mimics the upcoming La Jolla Half Marathon -- the reason the woman was running with those planning to finish twice that distance in eight weeks.
“Honestly, by the time I realized this actually was a 17-miler, it was too late to do anything about it,” she confessed. “In hindsight, I should have listened to my complaining body sooner and just turned around an hour and 10 minutes into it as originally planned.”
The dispute broke out not long after the woman had tackled the infamous Torrey Pines hill and noted her predicted finish time was approaching. Sources close to the body say it was completely unprepared to continue to the UCSD campus and certainly was thrown by the last two miles of steep downhill that include majestic views of Scripps Pier and La Jolla Shores.
Charges of payola also surfaced after the once-groaning feet suddenly fell silent and mysteriously showed up in a brand new pair of Mizunos. In addition, the stomach has been uncharacteristically mum, apparently placated by a fried egg sandwich and promise of beer. However, the brain and the ears, which tried on several occasions to get the woman to listen to reason, are firmly behind the body on this one.
In her defense, the woman plans to make public a friend’s photographs showing the morning’s exceptional scenery and strong force of friendly runners. “There’s no way anyone in my shoes would have handled this differently,” she maintained, though she admits she still feels terrible. “I only hope this hasn’t caused irreparable damage.”
The woman tried to mitigate any ill feelings by treating the highly vocal lower extremities to a natural ice bath – even with a thick cloud cover and air temp of only 60 degrees. Unfortunately, she said, she was forced out of the Pacific prematurely after lifeguards warned she was in the surfing zone.
Both parties say they hope to reach an accord by Tuesday evening’s track practice.