Saturday, October 31, 2009
Bringing It Home
Our Saturday training runs typically are held in either East County or near the coast, but not near my coast in La Jolla or Del Mar. The exceptions have all been races or those runs I've hosted. That includes this morning's trail run in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.
It was nice to not wake extra early and not worry about mysterious car sounds or consuming so much gas to basically go for a run. All I had to do was grab my handheld water bottle, a few copies of the map and do a slow-jog warmup to our gathering spot at Canyonside Community Park (where it's FREE to park and open early, by the way).
I wasn't ready to christen my new Nikes, so I wore my old Mizunos, which removed any doubt that they were at least partially responsible for my prolonged achilles tendonitis. A mile into the run I felt that old familiar ache. And seven miles later, under otherwise perfect conditions, I couldn't stand the stabbing pain any longer.
Once everyone had returned safely to home base, I walked home via a gigantic dirt hill shortcut and passed through a neighborhood I normally only see in the dark or at dawn. I realized it's been many months since I was home this early on a Saturday morning. Seeing everyone in action, and happy, almost made me forget how much my ankle hurt. Almost.