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I'm a self-professed adventure writer and former exercise junkie seeking a long-term relationship with my higher self, healthy workout habits, and a balanced, adventurous lifestyle in San Luis Obispo. Join me as I discover the healthy activities of SLO County, from land to sea.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Reality Check

Perhaps I'm a glutton for punishment. 

It's no secret that I've been training for a half marathon that will take place on April 7. But perhaps no one else but me knows that last weekend—after I accomplished my long run—I felt over confident. I needed something extra. So I went online and signed up for yet another half marathon. 

On March 17 (St. Patrick's Day), I will rise early and drive to Paso Robles for the Wine Country Half Marathon. My legs might eschew me, but I know in the end my psyche will win over my body's objections. I am ready. 

Although my training over the last few months hasn't been perfect, I know that what I have accomplished has more than sufficed. Now that an endurance event is only three weeks away, there's no time to waste. I'm taking a bite of reality...then going all the way to the finish line. 

Pismo Beach Pier, February 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sloin' Down

Sometimes after a long workout, nothing beats taking the time to slow down and bask in the view.

Pismo Beach surfers take time to soak in the sunset before heading home.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

SLO Eight

Start slow, finish strong. 

This advice was grilled into my brain when I trained with a running team a few years ago. Although I don't always take this suggestion to heartafter all, it's easy to go out for a long run and find yourself faced with optimal weather, well-rested legs and the feeling that you just want to take off!but today I listened to the experts.

I paced myself soooooo slow that I wasn't even sure if I was moving. But running in this well-paced groove allowed me to pound through an eight-mile run/walk.

Sure, my legs are still sore, but I'm one step closer to my goal of readying myself for the half marathon that's only two months away. 

Next weekend's long run: 9!

February Pismo Beach Sunset

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Back on Track

With a long work day and the lingering effects of the flu finally behind me, this evening I faced a difficult choice. 

Chase the mammoth storms clouds at sunset with my new camera; or, break in my recently acquired running shoes? I didn't have time for both. 

As I peered at the heavenly sky while the disappearing sun quickly melded into a beautiful jumble, I knew  that if I drove to a prime spot to capture images of this stellar scene, I wouldn't have time to run before dark. 

And I really needed to run. Catching the flu put me behind in my training and the half marathon looms 58 days and counting. 

So I put on my running gear, stepped into my oh-so-supportive new running shoes and left my camera behind. I have no regrets. The flu knocked me for a loop last week and my heart and lungs needed a good workout.

Although I wasn't able to immortalize any scenes from tonight's magnificent sky, here is a photo from a few weeks ago when the sunset lit up the sea.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

SLO Downtime

Disappointed that I caught the flu this week? You bet! But even though I haven't been able to run the past several days, my body is telling me something and I'm listening: slow down. 

This past month was a whirlwind and the long working hours certainly caught up with me. 

But on the bright side, my new camera arrivedjust in time for last night's fiery sunset.