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wildlife

these predawn runs have introduced me to whole new variety of local wildlife down by lake merritt.

i was already acquainted with the various birds that hang out there, but i’m learning a lot about stray dogs, rats and creepy guys just kind of standing around individually or in small groups near one of the public restrooms.

i bet it looks hilarious when i jump like a frightened schoolgirl every time a rat bolts across my path.

it’s worth it though, i have the whole day ahead of me once i’m done and i get to see stuff like this to start the day:

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nike my stride

cool little surprise on my phone this morning:

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from the invite:

AVAILABLE IN ONLY FOUR STORES WORLDWIDE, MY STRIDE ENABLES RUNNERS TO BUILD THE PERFECT SHOE, TAKING CUSTOMIZATION TO THE NEXT LEVEL. NOW, CHOOSE THE LOOK YOU LIKE, THE RIDE YOU PREFER AND THE PERFORMANCE YOU NEED.

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pretty psyched for this, i need new shoes anyway. will report back with the result in a couple weeks!

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mmmmmmorning

got another antemeridian run done. just a lil’ shorty in the hills.

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the time hasn’t even changed yet and there were already a bunch of dudes out with headlamps on!

probably should have brought mine…

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then, when i got to work, someone had left a big ol’ box of clif bars out for the taking. a good running omen…

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sea ranch

last week team thompson rented a house in sea ranch for four days to kick 2014 off in COMPLETE AND TOTAL ISOLATION. just kidding, we saw some other humans, but we had no cell or internet service so it was like that scene at the end of A Christmas Carol where he doesn’t know what day it is when we got back to civilization…

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 10.55.15 AMon saturday steph and i did our last scheduled 10+ mile runs before the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at the Disneyland® Resort. we have to take turns doing long runs because thor simply will not abide being in a stroller for 2 hours at a time. not even if we give him snacks.

the scenery at sea ranch is ridiculous, runs in places like this are the only time i regret not bringing my phone along to take photos. fog drifting in and out over the bluffs, changing sunlight, sparkling water, majestic trees, enormous ravens, girls running with lacrosse sticks (no matter how rad you think you are, there’s always gonna be someone tougher around to show you up), old ladies holding feathers, super happy kids and dogs bounding along…

i ran south along the bluffs down to black point beach, out to the cliffs overlooking the vast pacific ocean and did what anyone standing at the edge of the world surrounded by crashing waves, wind and the screams of seabirds would do: i peed off the cliff.

detail view of the cliff edge incident, as highlighted by the red line at far left.

detail view of the cliff edge incident, as highlighted by the red line at far left.

on the trail out to the point there’s a sign with various warnings about crumbling bluffs, rogue waves, etc. my favorite is “never turn your back on the ocean.” i always imagine the next line is “because you might miss seeing something really cool right before it kills you.” just to show how invigorated and daring i was feeling, i flipped the bird at the ocean as i turned my back on it and headed back the way i came.

growing up, my family vacationed at sea ranch a lot. it’s been a few years since we were last there and haven’t gotten any bigger (OK, taller) but everything, even the cliffs, seemed smaller to me anyway. it occurs to me that relative shrinking is a function of getting older, not bigger. i’ve seen more of the world and have new context to place this particular location in. i used to run around exploring the woods, bluffs and beaches for hours, now i realize i was only covering a mile, maybe 2 on each foray. now i can cover 12 miles in under 2 hours if i try to… it’s kinda sad, kinda sweet, but i’m super happy to start making new memories there, with my son.

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