Ahhh…another lovely vacation is almost in the books (and three weeks to go before we leave for Kona!) Our reasons for being in Southern California were many and only one of those reasons was disappointing. We originally booked this trip a while ago to see the Ohio State Buckeyes play USC. Well, we all know how that turned out and it wasn’t pretty for my Buckeyes.
Maurice Carrie Winery in Temecula
Champagne tasting at Thorton’s Winery
Tailgating before the USC Beatdown (we were still smiling)
I did it!! I swam over 1/2 mile in the shark-infested waters of the Pacific and all limbs are still in tact!
Having lunch at George’s on the Cove in La Jolla
In the midst of all of this, my sister-in-law became very ill and we were able to spend some wonderful quality time as she recovered in the hospital. It truly was a blessing to see her amazing personality emerge through all of her pain, frustration and turmoil. It was also great getting to see my mother and father-in-law, who were also here during our stay.
Throughout the week, we were able to make some amazing day trips in and around the So Cal area…Hikes around Torrey Pines State Park, Massages at the Torrey Pines Lodge Spa, two days in La Jolla, lunch at the Del Coronado hotel, naps in Balboa Park in San Diego, ocean swims, beach runs, etc.
Yesterday, we even got a 21 mile run in here in Lake Forest. It was my best training run to date! Here are my splits–not including water stops:
Mile 1: 9:53
Mile 2: 9:02
Mile 3: 8:55
Mile 4: 8:47
Mile 5: 8:58
Mile 6: 9:01
Mile 7: 8:23
Mile 8: 8:16
Mile 9: 8:19
Mile 10: 8:22
Mile 11: 8:12
Mile 12: 8:38
Mile 13: 8:21
Mile 14: 8:06
Mile 15: 8:21
Mile 16: 7:41
Mile 17: 7:25
Mile 18: 7:07
Mile 19: 7:12
Mile 20: 7:20
Mile 21: 7:14
I’ve been working hard on that “fast finish” and it seems to be paying off. Nothing feels better than a solid negative split!
It’s going to be a busy month with the Longhorn Half Ironman in less than 3 weeks, a trip to Hawaii and then the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of October!