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Getting lost.

So you see, this morning my run was suppose to be a good run, with a few hills along a new route that I had recently found. I live in an area where a bay travels throughout much of it, and sometimes if you get stuck on one side of the bay it’s quite a hassle to get back around to the other side. I got up extra early and took off after Claude found a satellite. I felt decent but my legs were a tad heavy. They usually are in the mornings. I’m chugging along, enjoying my new route, looking at all the pretty houses and just enjoying that everything is working okay once again. I get to mile 4 and think to myself, alright I have only three more miles. I run past lots of fun things, the duck park, Woodrow Wilson High School, (the high school that the movie, Freedom Writers was based on) The Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club, The Dog Park, The Long Beach Casting Club (weird, right?), Two golf courses, and everything is just going swimmingly. The clouds were like pink and blue cotton candy dotting the sky, and I felt like I could reach out and touch their fluffiness and it made me hungry. It wasn’t dark and I wasn’t scared like usual either.

I reach the little park that I am suppose to cut through and start jogging down knowing that I’ll be home soon and ready for work in no time and that I had tackled all the little hills already throughout the run. I start thinking hm, I hope this park has a bathroom. La da da, run, run, run through the nice little park, run, run, run, stop. Stop because the park dead ends. Dead ends into the bay. I looked like the biggest idiot and there was no bathroom. I was this close to being home and I couldn’t cross the bay and I had to run ALL the way around the bay and back up the street which tacks on an extra three miles to my house. I looked around and I was pretty defeated. I was tired and a sweaty mess, and normally I don’t sweat all that much. I thought to myself, well idiot head, you got yourself here now you have to go back around and get home before your late to work. I turned around, ran back through the not so nice little park anymore, and had to run up another large hill before I was on the home straight away. It wasn’t that bad of a run, and besides being a little bit tired, I was fine, but I just didn’t want to run that far since I have the walk this weekend.

Oh that’s right. The Walk. I kind of almost forgot about it, but it’s here. Hooray. I know I’ll be fine during it but I’m more nervous about getting bored. I’m really thankful that my roommate is doing it with me. Oh yea, another thing, I don’t walk. So that will be entertaining, along with the other participants in the event I’m sure. It will be really fun and I’m excited and nervous about it. I just hope it isn’t too hot, that’s my main concern.

Funny how so many of you sing in your car as well. That makes me feel better about my singing. And everyone gets scared! Just like me! It seems like we all think people who aren’t running are out to get us. Interesting. Oh and a little reminder. Don’t eat eggs before you run, or you’ll be ready to throw up after mile 2, and don’t eat some weird chicken patty from Trader Joes the night before either. Ugh.

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xoxo

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20 Comments

  • Reply Marlene

    First! :)

    September 10, 2009 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Marlene

    Okay, now that’s out of the way…

    I think I would have cried if I thought I was so close to home, only to discover that I’m sooo far away and nowhere near a bathroom. At least you managed to squeeze in some extra miles!

    Hope you made it to work on time.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Morgan

    Getting lost SUX!!!! Glad you made it back safe and sound and non the worse for wear. :)

    September 10, 2009 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Jess

    I’ve had that happen too on a run except I never had to deal with being on the run side of a bay. Just chalk it up to some nice extra mileage lol!

    September 10, 2009 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Rachael

    peanut butter and toast before a run! always! never eggs … yueck!

    September 10, 2009 at 11:02 am
  • Reply J

    Good luck with the walk! i am sure it will be fun and not boring since you will be with people.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Shannon

    Don’t mix diet coke and peanut butter either… Makes for a nice trip to heartburn city! :]

    September 10, 2009 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Jenny

    I could totally see myself doing the same thing! I think I would have cried a little.

    Good luck on the walk this weekend! And NO RUNNING, even if no one is looking! (Okay, maybe if no one is looking…)

    September 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply The Laminator

    You are brave to tackle new routes early in the AM…I don’t trust myself to think straight on morning runs…

    Have fun with your walk this weekend!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    I definitely have had some runs like that! I’ve even had some where I counted so wrong that I ended up walking a mile or 2 back to my car because I ended up too far out and just couldn’t run any more.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply KatieA.

    You are tooo cute! I have so had a run like that – where I think I am almost home but really, I am miles away. I have the worst sense of direction and it costs me extra miles all the time!
    You are gonna rock the walk this weekend – so excited for you and can’t wait for a full report! ;)

    September 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply L.A. Daze

    Too bad you’re not training for a triathlon. You could have swam across the bay! Good luck on the walk this weekend!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    GOOD Luck this weekend! I’m so thankful you are walking for such a great cause! I wish i was out there, id totally walk to support you girl! I’ll be thinking of you this weekend!!! :)

    September 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    this is too funny! Although if it was me I would have completely freaked out :)

    September 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Best of luck this weekend! You’re awesome.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Allison

    You’ll do great this weekend! I once got lost running in the woods (not real woods, I think they were even part of the school campus, but enough to confuse me) and I was super late for class…I know that feeling! You could have forded the river, Oregon Trail style!
    xoxo!

    September 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply christina cadden

    Awe, sorry about the eggs and sandwich but I love that photo!

    September 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Glenn Jones

    What a great photo Danica! At least you’re still running. I need to get off the stick here and get motivated. I’m still recovering after last weekend tho….

    September 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply kristen

    Girl you need to get that nutrition figured out ASAP. I just read your long run report, and I can’t say I feel bad for you since you ended up running sub 10 pace :) Ok, I kinda feel bad. You should try gels again. Maybe only take half of a gel in quicker increments….I don’t know. I used to have a problem with them and that’s what I did. Now I can take a whole one no problem.

    September 11, 2009 at 6:05 am
  • Reply Alisa

    At least it was pretty!

    I’ve gotten lost before and had to do extra miles, it’s not fun. Especially if you need: a) a bathroom or b) water.

    September 14, 2009 at 7:56 am
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