Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring Break in California

Spring break in California. A chance to reconnect with old friends and do some favorite runs along the beach and trails in San Clemente.

We are lucky with the weather. We arrive to perfect 70 degrees and sunshine, ocean breezes and all the flowers in full bloom. Even though it's been five years since we moved to Montana, it feels like we never left. I always forget how hilly the runs are around San Clemente -- but my legs soon remember.

We easily slip into the routine of morning runs and afternoon tennis. Of course, it's great because we're on vacation and we can avoid the crowds and the rush hour traffic.

It's a great way to get back into regular running. There are no excuses --- perfect temperature, lots of time (we're on vacation!), and a willing running buddy. My friend, Kris, is the world's most consistent runner. 36 years of daily runs, multiple marathons and half-marathons. The original iron-woman. We were training partners for my first marathon. She's been my source of advice for training, hydrating, stretching, and all other running questions.

I end the week feeling like I've been to running / tennis boot camp (24 miles on the rolling streets and trails) and multiple hours of tennis.

Time to head home --- but what a rejuvenating week!