Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Angela Reports

Hey guys! All work and no play. I love my new job though. They put me on full time so it's 8 to 5 every day.

So, this weekend, me and my roommates decided to go on a hike on the trail across from the Candy Store on Ortega Highway. My Mom loves to run on that trail and hopefully one day, I'll be able to run some races out there with her. Here's a picture of one of my roommates on the trail.

Then, when we got home, we found my cat, Baby, curled up around the fish tank. She is out of control and we just hope she never gets a real taste for sushi.

The top picture is me with my sister and a friend. Just remember, with all the bad news you read about every day, there's always someone, somewhere giving someone a kiss. Go out and kiss someone today. After you run the trail that is!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

R.I.P. Jason Winn

Saturday was spent at a lovely memorial for the man who started the Laguna Beach Bikram Yoga Studio. He was 44 years old when he passed a few weeks ago.

How else do you think we would choose to remember him? Why a 90 minute hot yoga class, of course. The room must have been at least 110 degrees, but with the added heat of the 50+ bodies, it felt more like summer in the rain forest. Afterwards, we all walked across the street and swam in the refreshing ocean, as that was Jason's favorite routine. Marna, the owner of the studio provided watermelon and we all sat around remembering Jason.

He was a dear, sweet, lovable man who loved life and touched all those who had the pleasure of meeting him. The Laguna Beach studio would not be there if not for Jason.

Life is a precious gift. Go out and run, swim, surf, skydive, mountain climb, breathe fresh air and do a few standing forward bends while you're at it. Then tell someone you love them today. You never know when it may be your last.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Holcomb Valley 33 Mile Race

Just got back from our annual trip to Big Bear for the Holcomb Valley 33 mile / 15 mile race.

Only I didn't participate in it and I miss it like crazy!

Being around all the runners and hanging out at the finish line is amazingly inspiring. It also makes me acutely aware of the fact that I'm not out there doing the sport I love the most, which feeds my soul - trail running - specifically ultrarunning.

It's been one year since the knee surgery and I am now starting to make the rounds of various doctors; old and new test results in hand. One doctor wants to take a section of cadaver bone and jigsaw puzzle style, replace the dead bone area with a new and improved bone.

Enough about that. We had an amazing weekend of laughter, fun, friendship and pictionary (our favorite game). On the morning of the race, Kerry and I did 90 minutes of yoga, a one hour brisk walk around Big Bear, then went and got a massage. We know how to not trail run in style!

You have to admit, we do look happy in the picture and we are. There is so much to be grateful for. When we got home, I walked out onto our deck, took a deep breath of ocean air, and said "Life is Extremely Good" Sometimes folks, we get up in the morning, look in the mirror and we're still there. And sometimes, that's enough.