This weekend served as a nice reminder as to why I should NOT succumb to my couch potato tendencies, as much as I would like to just lie around and do nothing. On both occasions this weekend, when I wavered and then finally got out the door, I was ultimately rewarded with the chance to enjoy a beautiful day. So, reminder to self - don't be a lazy slob!
Before I give myself too many pats on the back, I admit that I ditched a Saturday morning run, even though I was the one who sent out an email earlier in the week trying to drum up interest. So, total fail on my part (Rob - sorry about that!). I will say that it was nice to go to the farmers' market, walk the dogs and run a few errands. However, by Saturday afternoon, I was regretting my decision, especially after I watched the 2012 Ironman World Championships on TV. Totally inspiring. Plus, the weather was gorgeous - I couldn't ask for a better afternoon for running. So, I finally laced up my shoes and hit the trails. I set out around 2:30 and finished around 4:00. While I missed the companionship that the morning run would have given me, I will say that the light during the afternoon hours was just amazing - almost like something out of the Hudson River School. I finished the run tired and kind of chilly, but quite happy that I had a few miles under my belt for the day.
Yesterday afternoon, the opportunity to be lazy for the afternoon once again presented itself. We had plans to go camping in Malibu for the night, but more than once I entertained the thought that we could just spend Sunday en casa and then go to Malibu for a hike early Monday morning. Somehow, we opted to get our camping stuff in the car and head west. Once we hit the road, we were both so happy for the change of scenery. Even though Malibu is not that far away from where we live, it has such a different feel, so it does seem that we're getting away from our humdrum lives, even if it's just for a morning or an afternoon. We camped at Leo Carillo, not exactly a place to go for solitude! There were some younger kids having a fun night! But, it makes up for that by allowing people easy access to the water and a lovely beach to watch the waves, birds, surfers and the sunset. This was truly LA camping - we didn't bring food but opted to grab dinner out after the sunset and then return to our campsite to drink wine and go to sleep. Which we did by 8:00 pm or so!
Overall, not a bad place for a quick jaunt, even if the wind kicked up and our tent hit our faces for most of the night! Waking up, getting coffee and taking yet another walk on the beach was an even better reminder of why this was all totally worth it.