Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Neighborhood Exploration

Friday I finally hit the pavement to explore my new 'hood. I wasn't sure which way to go, but thought I would chose the route that seemed safer. The only draw back is that I have to cross over a big scary freeway exit area - but there are stop lights and such so it wasn't too bad.


As soon as I crossed over the freeway, I was in the coolest hippest neighborhood evah! Now, this is not my neighborhood, but the one adjacent to me. It's my dream neighborhood. It's definitely not a "planned community" which is one of the reasons I love it. Every house is different - some are small, old fixer-uppers. Others are ginormous mansions with "private road" signs in front. There are even some that are so gated and hidden by brush you have NO idea what is behind there (Boo Radley anyone?). The streets are a bit old and hilly and lined with tall beautiful trees. About a mile up into it, I run into Back Bay - which is an awesome place to run. I took a different street back for a little mix up in the route. Let's just say that I am LOVING my new running route. I thought I would use my expert drawing skillz to illustrate the new route.


My 4 miles felt great - I was super sweaty but happy to be back at it.


I scheduled my long run for Sunday - planned on 8 miles. Well, I grabbed my Garmin when it was time to go and realized that the battery was DEAD - I somehow didn't turn it off since Friday! I was so pissed. Then I searched and searched for the charger and could not find it anywhere! I remember seeing it when I was packing and I even remember thinking "don't forget where you packed this." But I just can't find it. Luckily I hit my old running beach path for my long run and know how far it is to run 8 miles. But I wasn't able to time myself. Oh well. The 8 miles felt awesome too and I'm excited to be back to training.


BUT THEN...Duh, duh, duh

I got hit by something Sunday night - food poisoning? flu bug? I have no idea, but I puked my brains out for about 12 hours. I'm still trying to get rehydrated and recovered. I will attempt to run tomorrow morning if I can get this dehydration headache to go away by then.


Last, congrats to all you hot San Diego Marathoners - I was thinkin' of ya as I did my measly 8 miles. You all kicked butt!

23 comments:

X-Country2 said...

I love the drawing! Ha! Hopefully your stomach feels better.

ShutUpandRun said...

Sorry about the puking, but glad you're feeling better. I love it when I find great runs nearby...

the gazelle said...

that map puts my drawing skills to shame! very nice.

Hope you're feeling better with no more puke....

I am semi-copying your marathon long run schedule, so we'll be doing many of our long run distances together. Awwwww.....

Count of Monte Christo said...

It's awesome that you are back in the game. Sorry to hear about the stomach! Get well soon.

Lauren said...

Awesome drawing. I'm glad that you're new hood is only semi-ghetto.

Jess said...

Sorry to hear about the barfisode! Hope you recover quickly from that.

Love the drawing of the 'hoods! And if you can't live in a super cool 'hood, it's always good to live adjacent to one because then you can refer to your place with terms that mention the cool place. For example, where I live, there's a richy-rich burb to the north of us (Dara Torres lives there), and it's called Parkland. So, we sometimes refer to our burb as Parkland South :)

teacherwoman said...

I am so glad you found a nice area to run near your home! That is good!

Sorry to hear you got hit with a bug. Yuck. Feel better soon!

teacherwoman said...

I am so glad you found a nice area to run near your home! That is good!

Sorry to hear you got hit with a bug. Yuck. Feel better soon!

joyRuN said...

New running areas to explore - FUN!

Your measly eight miles trumps the three miles max I've been pulling lately :)

Chic Runner said...

love the new area... of course I know where you live now ha ha :) Congrats on all the exciting new things. No congrats on being sick. yucky. Get better soon!

Carolina John said...

never realized you were such a talented artist! the new hood sounds neat. glad you found a good running route.

Marcy said...

LMAO very impressive drawing skillz ;-) I'm glad you're lovin your new 'hood!

jeff said...

i didn't know you moved so close! my office is just north of the super cool hood.

holler if you ever want to run back bay before work or at lunch.

kristen said...

Glad to hear your all jacked up about the running.

Sorry about the bug. Hope your feeling better.

D10 said...

I love exploring new routes and areas. Glad you found a cool place to run.

Sorry to hear about the puke fest. Hope you feel better.

jen said...

Omg I love the hand drawn map! How cool. That's great you are so close to a cool neighborhood, even if it is not yours exactly. Nice job on the runs! I'm glad you are past the bug, that sucks. Hydrate and take it easy if you need to!

Alisa said...

Running in new places is fun! Sounds like you discovered a couple of cool new places.

Sorry about the puking. I felt like I was gonna about 7 miles into SD RnR.

Susan said...

Feel better!

Viper said...

Nice illustration! Congrats on the new 'hood.

Heather said...

Glad you found a good route near your new place. Hope you feel better!

aron said...

yay for fun new running routes!!! love the illustration :)

Amber said...

I LOVE running through nice neighbourhoods. There's one up from my neighbourhood and all the houses are gorgeous and look brand new, I always stare in awe as I run past them!

Glenn Jones said...

You and I live pretty close to each other. Hopefully we'll cross paths on the Back Bay one day!