Friday, September 17, 2010

Today's Commute to Work

Ran to work today, 21.5 miles mix of hilly trails and some flat road, 3 hours 33 minutes with the water stops.  I always enjoy doing this, but today (technically yesterday) I found it exceptionally enjoyable, pure bliss.  Several reasons:
  • Hadn't done it in a while-- with all the 100 mile races this summer and my work schedule.
  • Had worked 18 hours from home the day before.  Couldn't find anyone to cover the last few hours from hell.
  • Spun on my bike 4 hours yesterday while working.  Better than sitting on my butt the whole time, but not always fun.  Running outdoors is SO much more enjoyable.
  • Was able to nap an hour this morning.
  • Remembered to bring the tunes.
  • I thought I'd woken up from a morning nap too late to do hit the ridge with great views of the Bay Area.  But I had hammered the first 90 minutes so realized I had time.
  • Someone had cut back the poison oak in the section rife with it.
  • Was able to go around the cows (including calves) blocking the trail without causing a stampede
  • It was a gorgeous day.
  • Knew I would make it on time to shower without having to rush.
  • One more shift and then tomorrow (technically today) camping with work friends at Big Sur.  First camping trip of the year.  I'm so psyched.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Her Name is Rio said...

Sounds like an awesome run! Have a great camping trip!

Mannie said...

I've considered biking to work, but need to wait a little longer for my kiddo to be able to wear a bike helmet so he can cruise with me to his sitters first.

Hopefully you get some good pics from Big Sur for those of us stuck in the city.

Clynton Taylor said...

Love the idea of riding your bike at work. Brain science says that our brains work best with movement! I need to figure out how I can move more at work. I've found wearing shorts really helps me remember to be be more active.

Mike Funk said...

Epic commute run! I run commute 4.3 miles to and from work most days and bike the rest. But 21 miles... that's intense! I take it someone gives you a ride home? Or do you do another 21 home??

Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman) said...

thanks for all the comments. camping trip was a lot of fun.
i guess I could do a posting on it, but i try to keep this blog limited to running-- i'm behind on my race reports enough as it is.

@Mike-- I will either ride BART(Bay Area Rapid Transit) a few stops and run home 4 miles on roads post-shift that evening, if I can't get out before the last train at midnight, the next morning after sleeping in the call room. Schedule permitting, I used to run the trails back until my wife went back to work, started outsourcing the driving of our kids to preschool, and I found out how much that outsourcing costs me per pop.