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Wordless Wednesday

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Choosing Sides

The weekly Saturday meet-up notice said we’d start our hike through Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve at Parkside. I figured they really meant Canyonside Park because the place they call Parkside I call Creekside. That’s how I managed to hold up a surprisingly large group yesterday in a parking lot a stone’s throw from my old home. We walked to the “waterfalls” – a rock formation with water running through it – and then I ran back, mainly to stay warm and also to help build confidence for an LA trail race (run, in my case) in a few weeks that I am woefully unprepared to complete. A big buck galloped across Park Village Drive at the start and a blue heron took flight just as I did on the return. I’ve been in a period of restoration. For six weeks I did nothing but work at an intensity and productivity level that now even amazes me. I woke around 4 (sometimes 3) to take care of all the little things before embarking on my “real work” around 5 in the morning. I took breaks to bathe,

Wordless Wednesday

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Me & My Friends

Can't seem to embed the video (anyone beside me starting to have it up to here with Blogger? . . .) There will be a post to go with this video in the coming days. http://vimeo.com/51888519

Where I Am As You Read This

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"Fall in Vermont" photo courtesy of flyingdreams.org

The Science Behind Sunsets

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Sunrise over Scripps Ranch If you typically run at sunrise or sunset, then you've been privy to some pretty impressive scenery lately. One of the perks of autumn and winter are more spectacular dawns and dusks than at other times of the year. I wanted to embed a video, but Blogger isn't letting me. Here's a primer on why the skies are colorful: http://bcove.me/drzz0bdw Here's also a nice explanation of why sunsets are so spectaular now .

For Those Times You're Too Torqued

There's the stress relief running provides, and then there's the stress running produces. Some people run purely to burn calories or win medals and others just to enjoy. Most runners I know fall somewhere in between, investing in the gear, clothes and race fees to keep their running interesting and add a little more purpose to weekly workouts. A couple of weeks ago my friend Deborah passed along an older article in Runner's World that should sound familiar to anyone who runs as a form of stress management. Eventually running itself drives you crazy. It's easy to do. Most runners I know are Type A personalities. Why else would anyone need a Garmin? And if you like to enter races, you suddenly have a timeline to follow. Most of us also have other people who depend on us, so if their plans don't mesh with ours, we get irritated. And, as we enter cold and flu season, there's always the debate about when to run and when to sit out a head or chest cold with our A

Hear! Hear!

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  This is a news anchor's response to a critical email.

Lights! Cameras! Run!

When you're working as hard as I am these days, you miss things. I didn't notice that the cheapest grade of gas jumped 20 cents in two days to $4.39. I didn't notice I left my shoes at the office (don't ask). And apparently I didn't notice a car crashed into the public library less than a block from me. I went out this morning on an increasingly rare run and immediately found a group of news stations camped at the corner. One might indicate they were there for local color, but two or more means real news. The more crews, the bigger the story. This one paled in comparison to the slew of television reporters holding court in July at a house on Sparren. On that run-by, I discovered the gunman behind the horrific mass killings at a Colorado movie theater had grown up in my suburb. The old Anne would have stopped this morning and asked what's going on, but the new Anne is on a tight schedule for the next couple of weeks. So I just Googled it when I got home.

Wordless Wednesday...Sort Of

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  Thanks to fellow VPI alum Victoria C. for passing this along.