California Must Be Good for My Soul

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There must be something about California that is good for me. Oh, there is an obvious thing, and she is the reason why I am here a few days for the Big Trip.

But wow, something unexpected happened in today’s run.

It felt good.

I got here yesterday, and between dealing with a flat tire on the way to the airport (and almost missing the plane) and a flight delay (the reason I did not miss the plane), I just did not feel like doing the Sunday short run. And knowing tomorrow morning was going to be busy getting ready to go, I opted to mash them both up with a 5pm run.

The smaller roads where I am (near Rohnert Park) are pretty, but there are almost no shoulders. But once out on Redwood highway, the route was easy and there was room for me.

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But rather than plopping along, I felt a little more energy, and managed to run at about a minute per mile faster than I had been doing at home. I am caring less about times and records, and more about just feeling good about running. Today was a refreshing change.

Wait a minute, am I smiling?

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I am not quite ready to change the blog name yet. It’s a long way to go.