The Big Sur half is calling me from afar

The nip has returned. It is subtle, but detectable. The sun is out, but there is a hint of autumn in the air and in the trees. It is being decent, I have to give it that. It’s not taunting me for blinking during summer’s brief appearance. (I’m still waiting hopefully for summer, in terms of a season and not a week. I think it’s going to be a long wait, like 10 months. Or more.) In fact, they are saying it’s going to be 24 C today. But, I think fall is pretty much ready to barge down the door and stay for dinner. We’re having pasta.

But, I am not sad. Why? Why you ask? What could possibly keep the smile on my face as cooler weather creeps into my life? Cheap airfare and tickets in hand. I’m going home!! Okay, not today, not tomorrow, not even next month. But the month after that. AND the month after that.

I will be staying in California for much longer than the last visit. I learned my lesson in May. Five days? Not enough time. (If you’re reading this, thinking, “um, you were home in May?” please be assured that I am still wracked with guilt about not being able to see everyone I missed on the last brief touchdown and am looking forward to seeing you this fall!)

And in one more sign that I have definitely caught the bug, the first thing I did (after calling my parents to let them know, and eating dinner, and emailing some friends, and sleeping, and eating breakfast the next morning, but the first thing I did after all that!) was check active for runs in California in November. Now, what better way to celebrate World Run Day than to go down to Monterey for the Big Sur half marathon? I’ve never done it, and I thought for sure it would be full by now, but it’s not (the website says the half is 71% full). And I hear it calling to me, singing across the United States, breast-stroking across the Atlantic and surfing up the Channel, persuading, “come run me!”

I think I should abide its wishes. Anyone else?

4 responses to “The Big Sur half is calling me from afar”

  1. CaliSeaStar says:

    Hmmm, I am tempted! I’m running the Rock’n’Roll Half in San Jose on Oct. 14.

  2. Shannon says:

    keep me posted too! We love camping at Big Sur.

  3. Crabby McSlacker says:

    Big Sur is so beautiful!

    I’m impressed that the first thing on your mind after a long absence is a run. I’ve been away from California for all of a month, and what I miss most is Zachary’s Pizza, Sees candy, and sourdough bread!

  4. suzanne says:

    oh boy can i relate to that whole – you were home? thing … i’m always wracked with guilt when we head back east to visit family & friends and we don’t even make it to visit half the people we said we would … its so tough to get in all the visits!

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