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!