Southern California finally feels like Christmas! The Santa Ana winds are blowing a colder wind at odd times of the day(like during my speed workouts along the coast)and the California Gray Whales are making their way to Scammon's Lagoon in Mexico. BS, my trusty running partner/husband and I, received a WHALE SPOUTING show at sunset on Wednesday night and I was jumping up and down along the cliffs as I spotted the water sprays over six times!
I love whales.
I love sunsets.
I love running.
I love my running partner.
Enough said about that.
Only 3 weeks and some odd days until the Carlsbad Marathon!
This training has been a mix of the ooh's and aah's...
**a long, long base phase of slow, slow long runs
**a lot of hills run at various paces that have both killed me and made me stronger.
Have you tried running up hill for 60 mins?
In Southern California? On the coast?
(witch cackle inserted here...bahhhhaaaahaaaa)
More hill sprints, bounds and 1 min. repeats.
**a lot of marathon pace long runs which I've only just started so I hope they kick in and stick for the race!
OOOh and ahhh all I want, it's RACE DAY that counts and I'm feeling like I can keep myself happy and feeling confident if I keep up with the rest of the workouts for the next two weeks and then sigh that ultimate ahhhh...for taper. I'm ready for that.
To start and finish injury free!
I can do that...
Finally, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and my thoughts and hugs go out to each one of you this season.
The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.
The Dali Lama