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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, March 24, 2013

Spring Forward

There's a spring in my step. With San Luis Obispo County's brilliant weekend weather, I just can't help myself. Yesterday I ran alongside the shattering waves at Pismo Beach, and today I headed north to Harmony Headlands State Park

I hadn't returned to hike this undiscovered hot spot since last September, but springtime beckoned. The 4-mile out-and-back trail is now blanketed in greenish grasses and sports pops of colorful wildflowers. And let's not forget that this quiet hideaway eventually transports its wanderers to steep, craggly cliffs along the coast. 

Today, stellar blue skies and feathery white clouds blanketed the sky. Not a bad way to start the new season. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Milestone

Exploit accompli! My feat of running the Wine Country Half Marathon in Paso Robles this morning is now accomplished. 

My legs feel like led, my stomach can't seem to get enough recovery food, and I am just plain  tired. But what a great sense of achievement when I hobbled through the finish line (even though I had a slight limp at that point and had to force myself to keep going).

In spite of my tough finishI consider today a milestone. Even though I experienced some difficulty and realized that I fell short of my training goals, I also realize that for the most part, I've stuck to my training schedule over the last few months, during what is typically my busiest time of the year. Furthermore, I haven't run a half marathon in quite some time and commend myself for getting back in the saddle. 

Since undertaking running endurance events over the last several years, I've  learned a thing or two. For what it's worth, here goes. 

Don't be afraid to fail. 
F. Scott Fitzgerald said it well: "Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." Recognize that no matter what we endeavor, there are always setbacks...and always achievements. Keep on dreaming, setting goals and moving forward. Learn from the hindrances and celebrate the victories—whatever they may be.

Eat, drink and be merry. 
Yes, that's right! Your body is a temple and both your physique and soul need nourishment. Take care of yourself in a way that's right for you. And don't forget to have fun along the way.

Train smarter, not harder.
Whether training with a group, a coach, or on your own—learn to listen to your body. Following a weekly training schedule is a fantastic guide to achieving your fitness goals, but if you need an extra day of rest, take it. If you're feeling like you're working too hard and not recovering well in between workouts, you're probably right. 

Remember that it's not easy.
If training for an endurance event was effortless, the sense of satisfaction on your race day wouldn't be as grand. Don't forget to pat yourself on the back once in a while. 

Learn to stop comparing yourself to others.
You might be training with others who are faster and swifter, but who are you?

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
~Dr. Seuss 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Next Sunday—St. Patrick's Day—I'll be rising in the wee hours of the morning to participate in the Wine Country Half Marathon in Paso Robles. Neighboring wineries will provide cheer throughout the scenic course and when I get to the end...I'll be crowned with a commemorative wine glass. 

I've been working hard towards my goal of readying myself for a 13.1 mile walk/run, and during the last week, I've managed to get in my fair share of exercise in spite of a slammin' week attending the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. The film, wine and fun definitely took their toll on mebut the race goes on. You gotta get some fun in there once in a while.

So here's to green beer, amazing films and wine...and fun!

Pismo Beach Sunrise, March 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

SLO Weather

Today I woke up much too early. But since a blanket of clouds rolled in yesterday and possible rain was expected todayI didn't mind my premature awakening. When the sky is enveloped with brume, this covering of particles in the air makes for amazing photo opportunities. 

So before my 5-mile run/walk this morning, I headed south for Pismo Beach with my camera.

The sundry sky opened up at sunset, just long enough for me to capture pockets of blue sky hidden behind the celestial horizon. I snapped more than a few pictures before heading back home.Then I logged my miles on foot.

Although today's weather couldn't seem to make up its mindshortly after sunset the clouds took over the sky and rained down a bit, only to clear up later in the dayI made up my own.

Maybe sleep a bit later...but keep on running.