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A Runner’s Diary: Running at Blogher ‘11

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On Thursday. I went to San Diego for Blogher; a conference primarily for women bloggers. This weekend’s event consisted of seminars and workshops to help bloggers advance in their careers. It also had a huge trade show with lots of key brands from McDonald’s to Procter & Gamble.

On Friday morning, I decided to go for a run. It was a beautiful blue sky and the sun was shining brightly with no clouds. The front desk staff at the San Diego Marriott told me there was a running trail and gave me a map and off I went.

When I was outside, I noticed there were a lot of women jogging and running. I looked closer and noticed they all wore the “Blogher ‘11” badges. I walked over to the registration table and asked what was going on.

“We’re having a 5K run this morning,” she said. “You can still join us.”

So I did. The starting pack had already begun, and I felt like I was the last one,  but there were some walkers and, as some of the joggers/runners slowed down, I caught up.

With my headphones on, I followed the trail along the marina. There were lots of boats and calm blue water. This was a truly beautiful setting.

I kept passing women wearing tutus. It reminded me of the Disney Half Marathon. It’s so funny how runners like to dress up in costumes for these races! 

I ran along the water and tried to take in the peace and loveliness that surrounded me. It was a perfect day – not too cool and not too hot.

I was surprised that the event was so well organized. There were volunteers along the path telling the runners where to go (If they weren’t there, I would have gotten lost!).

I wore my Nike shorts and top and my new Nike hat I just purchased from the Nike outlet store. I didn’t wear compression sleeves. I just didn’t need them. On this run, I wore my Mizuno sneakers. While I was running, I wished I had brought my Brooks or my Newtons, but, my Mizunos are also good sneakers.

As I ran and took in the wonderment that surrounded me, I couldn’t help but think to stand straight and lean forward, as in Chi Running. Even though I did it, it was still hard. The backs of my legs were aching but I pushed through. Although I walked a little, I still felt great when it was over. The run ended back by the registration stand. Volunteers were giving out tee-shirts and water bottles.

Sometimes everything just comes together: a surprise event, perfect weather, magnificient scenery, and when it does there is something magical. It’s days like this that make it easy for me to understand why I love running.


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