Sunday, February 22, 2009


Lisa and I spent the weekend in Temecula, again, and it was rememberable. (more on the use of the word in a bit).

We started off the weekend by meeting Joe and his wife for breakfast. Joe was in San Diego taking a much needed break from the Midwestern winter visiting family. Happily, Temecula is about an hour drive for both of us. We had a great time over eggs and pancakes. Our time together was short but Lisa finally had the opportunity to meet Joe. She and most of my friends thought I was a little crazy three years ago to fly to Indiana to run a trail marathon with a complete and total stranger. I'd have to say it all worked out quite well. We've met twice more and I even stopped off in Indiana for a weekend during a long business trip a couple of years ago. Any fears of this guy from the Internet being a crazy ax murderer have long since been dispelled.

Lisa and I become regulars in Temecula of late. We spent the rest of the day picking up club selections and trying a new winery known for their reds. We met some interesting folks during the day. We met a couple having issues with their young teen that echoed many of the same issues we were having with our youngest. We commiserated. They recommended a winery that we hadn't tried before. We met a lady dentist from a town near home that knew a lot about my company and some of our customers. We took a break during the day for a light lunch around 3:00 and headed to our hotel for a nap.

We went to dinner around 8:00 to Rustico. We had eaten there in December when we'd picked up our last club selections. We'd had a really great meal and enjoyed our server. We ended up with the same server, again. She welcomed us back, which is always nice. We talked for awhile and she recounted what she had remembered about our last visit. Along the way she commented that we were "rememberable." We decided to take that as a compliment. After the meal we chatted with her for about 20 minutes. It was a nice way to end the day.

The next morning we had brunch at a local country club. The food was satisfactory, but for the price, I'd have to say it wasn't worth it. We visited the winery recommended the day before and then headed home.

On the running front I was pleased to tally the mileage today and find that I had broken the 20 mile barrier for the first time in 2009, with 21.3 miles. I wasn't expecting that since I wasn't planning on a long run due to the early morning drive to Temecula on Saturday.

I got a 5 miler on the roads in Bonelli on Wednesday, followed by a 3 miler in Via Verde on Thursday. Friday I warmed up on the treadmill for 10 minutes before beginning my workout with the trainer. I gave myself credit for a mile. Saturday morning I had time for a 5 miler on my Bonnie Cove 5 loop before heading south to meet Joe and his wife. That run was done in a 9:24 pace. The fastest I've gone in a long time.

I got up early on Sunday morning and left my wife to sleep in before brunch. I ran the same loop around Temecula I'd run back in August. When I was done it had only taken me about 36 minutes. I wanted to run a little more so I ran another block and ended up running for 70 minutes. Mapping it out later I determined I'd run 7.3 miles; for that 21.3 total.

Starting with the run on Wednesday I bumped my run:walk cycle up again to 5:1. Working with the PT and regular stretching seems to be keeping the ITBS in check. There is still some of the quad pain that plagued me before and during St. Jude that I will talk to him about at my next visit.

I ordered and received a new pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9 to get into rotation. All my current Adrenlines have 400+ miles and the PT isn't crazy about my Brooks Trance. I'll give them their first spin next week provided it doesn't rain all week.

I hope all your runs were rememberable.


Wes said...

Any fears of this guy from the Internet being a crazy ax murderer have long since been dispelled.

Ruh, roh.... Now Joe has you just where he wants you ;-)

robtherunner said...

You never know about Joe! Ha Ha, I think you're pretty safe around him.

Congrats on breaking the 20 mile mark!

Dori said...

Sounds like you're running strong. Are you going to do the Wine Country Half in Paso Robles? Let me know if you do and we can get together. My husband likes to drink wine. ;-)

Soo family said...

Good news all around. It is good to hear you had a strong run. I don't recall anyone ever using the word 'rememberable', but that's probably one way of being remembered, no?

Backofpack said...

Darrell, sounds like a lovely weekend away. And getting to see Joe again was the frosting on the cake!

Annette said...

Sounds like a good weekend. I'm glad to hear the ITband is doing OK. Keep it up! :)

Jean said...

"Rememberable"...I love it! That is a great word, even if it isn't a real word.

Sounds like a really nice weekend, Darrell. And I hope the new Brooks shoes work out for you. I will try the GTS 9's the next time I am in the market for shoes, since I liked the 6 and 7's so much.

Ryan said...

wine country trip sounds fantastic one of these days my wife and i would like to take a trip to wine valley maybe find a good race at the same time. and good news about that Joe runner ; ) Take it easy

Joe said...

I'm not so sure about having the term "ax murderer" associated with my name, but I guess you can't be too sure. But, hey, not too many really wierd guys eat sweet potato pancakes...

Glad you had a great weekend. I'll avoid the country club next time I'm in Temecula!

Super to see you two..I really enjoyed it, as did Gretchen.

Joe said...

Oh, and I'm guessing you'll like the Adrenilines. Good move...enjoy.