Sunday, July 7, 2013

Running IS Better Than Therapy

Do not even pretend you haven’t missed me.

I only have a minute to post as we just drove into Vegas from Monterey (about 7.5 hours) – Ken and Sam went to return the car at the airport and I am sitting in my suite on the 40th floor of the Palazzo drinking a glass of wine. This is a very difficult and stressful thing to do.

This entire trip (including in San Fran) I played the “It’s our anniversary” card, which has scored us some major upgrades and bottles of complementary champagne. Well, it’s true it IS our 18th anniversary, but that was a month ago. Being being that we never really celebrated THAT much I thought it was only fair we get some belated attention.

So, here is our view tonight.

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The kids have a separate room, which is the only way to go anymore. I love my kids, but having a wall between us at night is kind of essential. Last night we were all in the same room and everyone slept like crap. Having a 15 year old boy and a 12 year old girl share a bed is probably illegal.

I have so much to tell you about this trip including being spit on, our tour bus getting into an accident and our cable car breaking down, but for now, I’ll just tell you this.

I had a long run scheduled for today, so I got up super early to get it in before the long drive to Vegas. I ran along the coast from Monterey to Pebble Beach and you could not wipe the smile off of my face.

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Cool, drizzly weather. Seals everywhere. The sound of waves crashing the entire time. Except for losing a $20 bill along the way, it was 15 miles of perfection. I will never get over how amazing a run makes you feel (especially when you will be in the car for 8 hours with your family for the rest of the day). Running is truly better than therapy.

Okay, time for a another glass of wine and to hit the town with the family. I am used to coming to Vegas and doing it adult style with lots of drinking and gambling, so a family tri p will be a bit edited and toned down. Still will love everyone minute of it.

A teaser for my future vacation recap post. Guess where this was taken?

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SUAR

31 comments:

  1. I remember running along the beach in Cambria (also Central CA coast) and thinking, I don't need church to be close to God. I could never be closer to Him than I am right now, on this run. Waves crashing on one side of me, mountains to the other side, the ability to be out running. Yeah, perfection. I'm hoping to find that peace on a run again in a couple weeks when I am in Switzerland. :)

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  2. Oh, my goodness. You're doing the Escape From Alcatraz tri?? ;-)

    And yes. Sometimes, a good run is just what the doctor ordered. Especially before 7 hours in the car with family...

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    1. When you do the Escape from Alcatraz swim or tri you jump off a boat-they don't let you on the island anymore due to deterioration of the dock and island itself.

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  3. I would love to say Robben Island and Nelson Mandela's cell, but I know what that looks like and it's got a window (no view) So I will have to go with the local police cell as you were locked up for farting in public!!!!

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  4. "except for losing a $20 bill somewhere"... I should've known there would be an ounce of comedic bad luck in your otherwise perfect seashore run. It just wouldn't be you if there hadn't been!

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  5. I'm not going to pretend. I DID miss you!

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  6. Alcatraz. I tried to lock my sister in there last year! lol

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  7. Did you take that pci above from your run?! Seriously? That's glorious. Wish I could run there!

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  8. 100% Vegas with kids is a totally different animal!

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  9. Alcatraz, was in that cell a couple of weeks ago :-P

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  10. That run sounded amazing. I love running near the ocean, so beautiful. And I agree that running is better than therapy!

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  11. Wait, you just told them at the desk it was your anniversary and they upgraded you? We go to vegas Thursday, I need to try that. Well, have my wife try that. I'm a wuss.

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  12. We accidentally discovered the joys of putting the kids in a separate room. We had a non-refundable extra room somehow with our reservations one summer at the beach. We've never looked back. Wow...what a difference. I cannot even begin to imagine 8 hours in the car with family...or anyone...or by myself...it would take a lot of running and even more xanax for me to deal with that!!

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  13. Good times on Alcatraz Island!

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  14. Sounds like a fun vacation (especially the 2 hotel room thing - that's what we do, too!!).
    Enjoy the wine and time in Vegas!!!

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  15. Cool! It sounds like you are having an awesome time :)

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  16. So sorry that I missed you in Monterey! My husband and I were staying at the Holiday Inn Express Cannery Row and couldn't get enough of that great town. We're trying to figure out a way to pay for one of those million dollar homes, but so far, no luck. The 17-mile drive down to Pebble Beach is fabulous for a run. We heard the sea lions barking off of the shore. Glad you found the path.

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  17. That is the most gorgeous run ever! Glad you experienced it.

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  18. I am so going to sign up for Big Sur now...was on the fence til I read this!!

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  19. I just started following you a couple weeks ago but wanted to say hi. I love your blog. I really enjoy your updates on your training. You truly amaze me! I have been running off and on for the last 4 years but I'm still a beginner. Looking forward to the day my long runs are double digits :-)

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  20. Just curious what you eat before you do an early run, especially such a long one? I like running first thing but usually not long runs as I don't like to eat first.

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    1. It's hard for me to eat a lot too early and with GI problems, I do much better without too much in my stomach - but I have to have enough to give me some energy - I usually eat half a clif bar or a piece of toast and coffee, then try to do a gel or something every hour on the run. Then I'll have a big breakfast afterwards heavy on the protein.

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  21. San Francisco! I am jealous. Happy belated Anniversary!

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  22. Alcatraz of course :)

    Glad you liked the coast trail there, it's so pretty!

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  23. I agree, any two siblings under the age of 16 should never share any quarters together. Oh man, sounds rough! My parents were just in Vegas this past weekend, quite the heat wave they got...well above 110 at least.

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  24. I remember when my parents finally started getting two rooms so I wouldn't have to sleep with my (eight years younger) brother. HEAVEN.

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  25. Sounds like it was a great trip. I love running beside the ocean. I ran a long run in Newport last Fall - Gorgeous!

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  26. When i recognize, just about any two littermates below the age of 07 should not share just about any sectors jointly. Ohio man, Digital cards looks tough! Our parents were merely inside Nevada earlier this weekend, really heat wave that they bought... effectively previously mentioned 110 at the very least.

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