There was a full moon this week..a large, predominate full moon. I am not normally one who pays attention to astrology or signs from the universe, but I make an exception for the few days each month of a full moon. Thanks to this month's full moon, this week I felt like all the crazies came out to play. Random power outages, crazy personality clashes, and so many things breaking down. That was just a few of the highlights from my work week. Saturday and my long trail run just couldn’t come soon enough.
When Saturday arrived, much to my surprise the crazy continued. With the beautiful weather forecast, I decided to head out to Malibu for my mountain trail run. Malibu offers ocean views that are just as breathtaking and therapeutic as you can imagine. I had the perfect route planned, a nice ridge run, without a lot of elevation gain with a finish steps from the beach. Let me also mention Malibu is much farther than folks who are not from LA realize. Believe it or not the Pacific Coast Highway along the Malibu Coast stretches for 35 miles. It’s takes a bit of time to get there, which is why I don’t run there often.
I started out on my drive to my trail head in Malibu and just as I got to the area I planned for my weekly therapy, traffic came to a halt. Then I saw the cyclists…hundreds of them. That is when it hit me I completely forgot the Malibu Triathlon was this weekend. At first I thought, this could be ok; I could just cut around and turn a few streets ahead to get to my destination. Soon I realized this wasn’t going to happen as the cycling course of the route ran down the PCH another 14 miles. Yes, this meant I was stuck in traffic, barely moving for 14 miles until I could get past the race course. We all know when you have your mind set up for a long run and you get a big kink thrown into your plan it is easy to freak out. I knew it would probably take me about an hour to get to another trail past the race course (yes that is how bad traffic was), and I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
As I sat there in traffic, I came back to a lesson I have been learning through my meditation, get comfortable being uncomfortable. Recognize the difficulties you are facing, accept it and then let it go. After pondering this for a few minutes, I recognized how privileged my inconvenience that morning was. Here I am in Malibu (one of the most beautiful places in the world), surrounded by athletes trying to accomplish a major life goal. Yes, this was a reality check on my crazy ending to a crazy week. No matter how my week flows and what obstacles come my way, I must be grateful for the life I am living and be ok with what seem at the moment like really uncomfortable and especially unplanned situations.
So what did I do? I rolled down the window and cheered as loud as I could for athletes as they road by and loved every minute of my traffic delay. Then I headed to my alternate trail route, which was a little more technical of a trail than I had planned to run, and with the late morning heat it was a bit harder than I intended for that day. But, guess what it was worth the struggle to get there and to the mountain top, as it was one of the most beautiful trail views I have experienced here in LA. I even lingered on the mountain for a bit, taking in the ocean breezes, the mountain views and let go of the week’s stress. Yes folks…life is good and trail running is even better.
This week’s workouts;
**ICYMI my friend Cass ran a 50k this weekend, and she ROCKED it. Before race day we talked about the transition from road running to trail running. She shared my tips and her observations in this amazing A Sweat Life blog post.
**As my training increases during this 2nd half of my training cycle, I have realized I need more substantial calories to fight off the post long run hangry. My newest obsession: savory grain bowls. This can be bowls with brown rice, farro, or even quinoa. However, the magic happens when you add a savory protein source and a good fat. One particular option I can’t get enough of is an idea listed in the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook (yes I realized I have referenced this for the past three weeks, but it is just that good of a cookbook) that includes, sautéed spinach, brown rice, spicy black beans and a fried egg on top. I also added sliced avocado. These bowls are soo filling and packed full of recovery nutrients.
I have another pretty exciting opportunity courtesy of Bib Rave that should start in the coming week. Check back next week to hear all about it.