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Austin, Texas, United States
I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Still hanging in Southern Cali

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

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.

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!


Richard said...

Sweet run, Carrie! Negative splits and a gorgeous vacation. Nice ocean swim-wear by the way :)

triguyjt said...

wow...last six miles in the 7 min range....

awesome run...
even more awesome has been the trip, right????

enjoy enjoy enjoy..
btw....the pryor era has officially begun in c-bus

ShirleyPerly said...

Gosh, it seems that we're just missing each other!

I just got back from Kona and will be headed to San Diego end of October. Thanks for the pictures and reminders of all the fun things to do there. AWESOME 21-miler!!!

greyhound said...

I've been perfecting my negative negative split--progresively getting slower and more pathetic as the miles tick by. I rock that run.

Oh, and don't mind us living here in the stone age in H-town. ENJOY CALIFORNIA, BEYOTCH.

I'm not bitter.

muna said...

Absolutely unreal splits! They were so impressed, they named a winery after you. :)

Colleen Renee' said...

awesome run. And you are going to KONA????? What the??? If it doesn't work out for you and the hubby, can I marry you?

seriously. I need your travel ticket.

Anonymous said...

Man, way to finish that long run strong!! You are gonna do so well with the Longhorn half and your marathon - no doubt!

Rural Girl said...

Yowza on the run! Have a ball in Kona!